Where can I watch the 2017 Oscars online in the UK legally? (Answer: Sky’s NOW TV)
VOD News | On 25, Jan 2014
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It’s the same question every year: where can I watch the Oscars online in the UK – live, and legally? The answer is also the same: Sky.
The Academy Awards ceremony has long been the exclusive territory of the UK TV broadcaster, leaving British film fans without a subscription to the pay-TV service unable to enjoy the ceremony.
Now, though, VOD service NOW TV allows viewers without Sky to stream all of Sky’s film channels live, including the Oscars on Sunday 26th February 2017 – with no contract.
A NOW TV Sky Cinema Month Pass costs £9.99 a month with a 14-day free trial for new customers, which means that eligible viewers could technically watch the 2017 Oscars online for zero pennies. (Sky Cinema also includes a number of Oscar nominees past and present, such as Zootropolis and Hail Caesar!, which are available to watch on-demand for NOW TV users.)
How to watch the Oscars live in the UK
On Sunday 26th February 2017, users will need to use this Live Movies streaming link to stream a live feed of the Academy Awards. (Choose Sky Cinema Oscars from the list of channels.)
Sky’s red carpet coverage will begin broadcasting at 11.30pm, with Alex Zane and guests including Heat’s Boyd Hilton, journalist and film critic Anna Smith, and comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar, hosting a special preview show of the evening’s ceremony. The 89th Academy Awards will then begin at 1.30am GMT and run for several hours.
The highlights from the 2017 Academy Awards will be broadcast on Sky Cinema at 8pm on Monday 27th February.
NOW TV is available on PC and Mac computers and iOS and Android devices. To watch on the telly, you will need a PlayStation or Xbox console, or one of the following streaming media devices: Roku, NOW TV Box, EE TV, Apple TV, Chromecast. NOW TV is also available as a built-in app on selected LG Smart TVs.
For more information on NOW TV’s Sky Cinema Month Pass, or to sign up ready for the big night, hit the button below. Of, for those still catching up on this year’s awards contenders, we also have a list of which 2017 Oscar nominees are on VOD, from BBC iPlayer (Life Animated, OJ: Made in America) to Netflix’s documentary contender, 13th.