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If you’re one of the 78 percent of Americans who grew up with Dick Clark or Ryan Seacrest counting down the ball drop on your television every New Year’s Eve, then you may not be surprised to learn this year is an exceptional one. Ryan, who took over emcee duties 17 years ago from the legendary Dick Clark, will lead us all in a celebration of the events 50 years on network television.
How does a major network event millions of Americans rely on for their New Year’s Eve entertainment celebrate their 50th anniversary? By going global. The organizers of this year’s New Year’s Eve countdown have added Puerto Rico to the mix of locations celebrating the countdown live on the air with host Roselyn Sanchez. If you’re planning on adding “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve” to your countdown lineup, you’ll need to know how to tune in, especially if you’re doing it without cable. Here’s how.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream ABC:
Starting at 8 pm ET on December 31st, “Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve” is one of the most accessible shows to watch without cable this New Year’s eve. That’s because it’s on ABC, one of the major broadcast networks widely available across the U.S.
ABC is one of the major networks that you can still catch completely free with a TV antenna (more on that later). You can also see it via one of the many live TV streaming apps available for subscription. If you’ve streamed TV for a while, you may already subscribe to an ABC carrying service. If you’re a recent cord-cutter, here’s a list of go-to streaming services you can subscribe to tune in and celebrate.
One note: Because streaming services have to “buffer” (pre-load) content to ensure a smooth viewing experience, these services run on a slight delay. Many modern IPTV services have this issue, too, and even live cable and over-the-air broadcasts tend to be slightly delayed, but the lag can be more noticeable on streaming services. If you're looking for the most accurate possible New Year's countdown, over-the-air antenna TV is your best bet.
Stream ‘Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve’ on DIRECTV STREAM
If you’re looking for a complete package of channels and on-demand viewing, DIRECTV STREAM live streaming service is a good choice. They’ve got a full local channel lineup plus a healthy offering of “cable-esque” and premium channel choices.
Stream ‘Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve’ on Hulu + Live TV
You’ll find ABC along with countless other popular channels with Hulu + Live TV. When you sign up, make sure you’re choosing the Live TV option; Hulu has a few packages from which to choose, so you’ll want to make sure you’re selecting the one that includes ABC.
Stream ‘Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve’ on fuboTV
Another full-service streaming option is fuboTV. Initially known for its premium sports content, fuboTV offers a wide array of TV entertainment, including ABC and all of its quality shows. You can check out fubo TV and see how they compare against other live streaming services that offer NBC if you’re interested in finding out more.
YouTube TV is a robust live streaming service comparable in programming selection to Hulu + Live TV, FuboTV, and DIRECTV STREAM. Read our complete YouTube TV review to get the read on YouTube TV and all it has to offer.
Over-the-Air TV is the cheapest way to watch “Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve” on ABC. That’s because it is free. All you need is a modern over-the-air TV antenna and a TV — of course, to get started. Installation is easy and quick, which means you’ll be off and watching local TV in no time.
If you’re rocking New Year’s Eve at home and you don’t have a TV, don’t worry. Streaming services have made themselves available across myriad viewing platforms. Watch on your tablet, laptop, and phone — perfect if you’re rolling in the New Year on the go. Check out the chart below to see how the aforementioned streaming services match up with your favorite viewing devices.
If you’re like most at-home New Year’s party-goers, you’ll be switching between coverage to catch performances by your favorite artists. “Live from Times Square” with Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper on CNN is one such event that’s become quite popular in recent years. If you’re considering subscribing to a streaming service, you may want to check out our guide to watching CNN without cable to find out more.
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