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The Oscars are film's biggest honors, and they come with a ceremony that can be as dramatic as a Best Picture winner. This year's edition will offer plenty of huge stars, stirring musical numbers, and inspiring moments. You won't want to miss any of it just because you don't have cable. Luckily, you don't have to! Here's how to watch the Oscars without cable.

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How to watch the Oscars online and over the air without cable

The Oscars will once again air on ABC this year. That means that our job here is to get access to a live feed of ABC without having to go crawling back to the cable and satellite providers that we've said goodbye to. Can we pull this off?

Yep, we sure can!

Below, we'll list your options for watching the Oscars on ABC without cable. Most of them will be live TV streaming services (or “skinny bundles,” if you prefer). These services are similar to cable in that they offer live feeds of lots of familiar channels in exchange for a monthly subscription fee. They're different, too, though: Live TV streaming services offer slimmed-down channel bundles for less, stream their content online, and don't lock subscribers into long-term contracts. Live TV is better when you're a cord cutter!

Stream the Oscars for Free with Hulu

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Hulu's live TV streaming service, Hulu + Live TV, is well worth a look if you're a fan of the Oscars. Hulu + Live TV's robust selection of live streaming TV networks includes (in select markets) a live feed of the local ABC affiliate. That means that you can catch every moment of the Oscars live if you subscribe to Hulu + Live TV. Hulu + Live TV also includes the on-demand content that made Hulu famous in the first place. Read our full Hulu review to learn more.


Formerly known at DirecTV Now, AT&T's take on the live TV streaming service is a solid option for folks who want to catch every minute of the Oscars. AT&T TV Now's channel selection includes a live stream of your local ABC station (in most markets, anyway).

YouTube TV

Google has a live TV streaming service of its own, and it makes a great way to watch the Oscars this year. YouTube TV offers a lot of popular channels through a great app. Among the channels on offer is ABC, so Oscars fans should be all set.

Free over-the-air TV

Cord cutters know that a lot of what they lose by canceling cable can be regained by turning to futuristic online streaming services. But, sometimes, the old-school solutions work just as well! ABC has been broadcasting for free over the air since the network's exception. ABC is still at it today. And, actually, “old school” might not be the fairest way to describe modern OTA. If you set up an antenna with your TV, the over-the-air feed of ABC that you'll pull in for free will be in crisp, modern high definition. Not bad for a free option, right?

Can I watch the Oscars on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast?

These days, cord cutting is made a whole lot easier by the many great media platforms and devices that we have access to. If you're a fan of a platform like Roku of Fire TV, then we have good news: You can use your platform of choice to stream the Oscars this year!

Roku users can download apps (or, as Roku calls them, “channels”) for Hulu, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV.

Hulu, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV are all available on the Fire TV platform, too.

Hulu, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV work well on Apple TV.

Android TV users can check out Hulu or YouTube TV.

Hulu, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each work well with Google's Chromecast.

Hulu, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV also have apps for mobile devices (both iOS and Android), as well as in-browser apps that should work well with your PC or Mac.

Even video game systems are an option. Hulu works on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. YouTube TV works on Xbox One.

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