February 28, 2014
This year, ABC will be live-streaming its Oscars telecast via its Watch ABC app for the first time. But as noted by Variety, only select pay-TV subscribers can watch the show through the app. 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. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 5.0 or later, Watch ABC is available in the App Store for free. 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. See also: A Mobile Streaming Guide To The 2014 Academy Awards, Celebrate The Oscars With Ellen DeGeneres And Her Hit iOS Game, Heads Up!, and Apps For The Oscars AppList.