Scrambling to figure out how to watch the Oscars is a time-honored tradition.
Luckily, networks have made it a little easer in the new digital age. ABC is offering livestreams of tonight’s Academy Awards via its official website and app, but there are some restrictions — namely, viewers will only be able to watch the livestream if they have a participating TV provider and live in a specific region.
People living in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco will be able to watch the livestream through most major TV providers. Exceptions will be made for DirecTV subscribers who live in the following regions: Albuquerque, Boston, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah and West Palm Beach. They’ll also be able to livestream the awards ceremony.
There is a workaround, however, for cable cutters who are signed up for Hulu’s live TV service, YouTube TV or Sling. Just sign in, open up ABC and stream the night away.
Now, we know what you’re thinking: “This is great, but what if I want to watch red carpet coverage?” If you have a traditional cable package — or a fancy antennae attached to your television — you can check in on E! and ABC throughout the evening for ongoing red carpet coverage. If you don’t have a fancy antennae or cable package, however, Facebook is teaming up with the Academy this year.
“The Oscars: All Access” will provide red carpet and behind-the-scenes coverage during the show tonight. The easiest way to watch is by heading to ABC’s main Facebook page, where the stream will be hosted.
The Oscars kick off tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Jimmy Kimmel is set to host.