For British film fans in March, the question is always the same: where you can watch the Oscars live in the UK? This year, Sky has the answer: NOW TV, their subscription streaming service, lets you watch Sky Movies online, both live and on demand.
With the Oscars broadcast on Sky Movies – from around 11pm on the dedicated channel Sky Movies Oscar – a monthly subscription of £9.99 gives you access to Sky’s entire film catalogue, as well as letting you stream both the red carpet coverage and the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony.
Here are five reasons why you should watch the Oscars on NOW TV:
1. It’s free
A Sky Cinema Month Passis exactly that: a monthly pass to Sky Movies online. It costs £9.99 a month. But NOW TV regularly offer a 7-day free trial of the service with no contract, which means you can sign up and watch the Oscars without having to cough up a penny.
2. It’s legal
Bad quality video? Rubbish sound? Constantly having to switch streams as they get taken down? Where’s the fun in illegally streaming in your pyjamas at 3am? Uninterrupted coverage of the red carpet and the ceremony plus a decent picture and no Spanish voiceover? For free? That’s a winner in our books.
3. You get hundreds of movies too
As well being able to watch the Oscars live online, NOW TV’s Sky Cinema Month Passincludes access to Sky’s entire catalogue, which includes hundreds of films. Some are better than others – see our reviews of NOW TV movies – but the selection includes new movies at least 12 months before they arrive on other subscription services, such as Amazon Prime Instant Video and Netflix. Ahead of the 2016 Oscars, you can expect to find Mad Max: Fury Road and Ex Machina on there, both nominees for this year’s contest.
4. There’s no contract
Your Sky Cinema Month Passwill automatically be renewed every month for £9.99, but unlike a fully-fledged Sky customer, there is no minimum contract: if you don’t want to continue the subscription, you can cancel at any point.
5. We’ll be there!
We’ll be watching the Oscars on NOW TV from 11pm on Sunday 28th February and live-tweeting the whole evening. Which in itself is obviously a good reason to join in. Right? Hello? Hello?
To sign up to NOW TV’s Movies Month Pass, click the button below:
What time are the 2014 Oscars in the UK? Red carpet coverage of The Oscars will begin around 11pm on Sky Movies Oscar, followed by the ceremony itself at around 1.30am.