The 88th Academy Awards is all set to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday, February 28, 2016, and ABC will be telecasting it live from 4 PM PT/7 PM ET/ 12 AM GMT. Like last couple of years, ABC will also be live streaming the Oscars online and on mobile screens via its Watch ABC platform for people with a participating TV subscription service.
Actor Chris Rock will host the show for the second time, having previously hosted the 2005 Oscar Awards. He takes over from Neil Patrick Harris who hosted the Oscars last year. J. J. Abrams, Sacha Baron Cohen, Priyanka Chopra, Charlize Theron among others have been confirmed as the presenters of the show. Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, Dave Grohl, Harold Wheeler, Sam Smith and others are amongst the performers at Oscars 2016.
Watch Oscars 2016 Live Online in the US
Thankfully, ABC will be live streaming the Oscars 2016, letting you watch the awards show on your desktop, tablet, iPhone or Android smartphone so you can keep track of this year’s big winners wherever you are on Sunday night. But it comes with a big catch. To view the awards show live, you must have a participating TV provider account — including Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS, and COX — and live in the following areas: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco. Don’t have the subscription? skip to the section below.
Watch Oscars 2016 Live Stream in Canada
If you are in the neighboring country, Canada, and looking to live stream Oscars 2016, the national broadcaster CTV will be broadcasting and live streaming the awards ceremony live. Go to oscars.ctv.ca for in-depth coverage. The action will start with a red carpet special at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30pm PT on CTV and CTV Go.
Watch 2016 Oscars Live online in the UK
If you are in United Kingdom, the Oscars 2016 live stream will start late in the night at 12am (for the red carpet) followed by the awards ceremony at 1.30am on Monday morning. Sky will once again broadcast the awards in the UK on their channel Sky Movies Oscar. The channel has been created to cover the ceremony and also show classic Oscar films including Forrest Gump, The Godfather and The Silence of the Lambs. The channel has already gone live and will close on March 6th. For streaming oscars online, check Sky’s website or Now TV.
Watch Oscars 2016 Live Stream in India
Like last year, Star Movies will be broadcasting the Oscars 2016 in India live at 5:30 am Monday, beginning with the red-carpet arrivals. Thankfully, the Hollywood fans in India will be able to watch Oscars on their mobile screens, thanks to the new Hotstar app. You can download the Hotstar app on iOS or Android and catch the Oscars 2016 Live. There will be a repeat broadcast at 8.30PM on Monday.
Find Individual Oscars moments and videos on YouTube
The official YouTube channel of Oscars is a nice resource to keep tab of the latest individual clips related to the Academy Awards. Alternatively, you can keep a tab on oscar.go.com/video for the clips.
Oscars 2016 Red Carpet on E! Online
Like every year, E! Online will be offering special pre-show coverage of the 88th Annual Academy Awards starting at 1:30 PM ET. You can download the E! Online app for Android or the iOS and watch the red carpet fashions as well as award predictions, celebrity interviews, and photos of your favorite celebrities.
Unofficial sources to watch Oscars 2016 Live online for Free
If none of the above methods helped you till now, don’t need to fret. There are some unofficial sources promising live streaming of Oscar awards 2016. But then, they are probably illegal depending upon the place you are trying to access them, so proceed with caution.
- Watch Oscar Awards 2015 live streaming online for free on UStream TV – a great resource for user generated live streaming links. So you don’t need to be a paid subscriber of any of those cable TV networks to watch these.
- Watch Oscars 2016 Online on Livestream – Over the past years these livestream channels had streamed the awards ceremony live. Keep a track of them:Livestream.com/AcademyAwards, Livestream.com/APLive or Livestream.com/theoscars
- Other bootlegged live streams can be found at sites like atdhe.net, but they are mostly unreliable.