Extending the selective streaming policy it initiated last month, ABC is allowing only subscribers of its partner pay-TV providers in eight markets to view the live stream of the 86th Academy Awards ceremony:
The show’s livestream will be available to Watch ABC authenticated users through eight providers: Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse. The service is available only in ABC’s eight owned-station markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Fresno, Calif.
To watch the Oscars live steam on your iOS device, you must be in any of those markets and sign in with a participating pay-TV provider.
The app was updated yesterday with support for the Oscars Backstage behind-the-scenes features, which were previously available in the now defunct standalone Oscars app.
ABC’s Oscars telecast is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST on Sunday, March 2. The show will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, who previously hosted the 79th Academy Awards ceremony in 2007.