Where can I watch the 2020 Oscars online in the UK legally? (Answer: Sky’s NOW TV)
Staff Reporter | On 08, Feb 2020Reading time: 3 mins
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 movie channels live, including the Oscars, on Sunday 9th February 2020 – with no contract.
A NOW TV Sky Cinema Month Pass costs £11.99 a month with a 7-day free trial for new customers, which means that eligible viewers could technically watch the 2019 Oscars online for zero pennies if they were to cancel their free trial within a fortnight. (Sky Cinema also includes a number of Oscar nominees past and present, including Avengers: Endgame, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, Titanic, The Godfather, BlackkKlansman, Coco and Gone with the Wind.)
With awards season now over for another year, it’s still not too late to catch up on this year’s awards contenders. See our list of which 2020 Oscar nominees are on VOD.
How to watch the Oscars live in the UK
On Sunday 9th February 2020, 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.)
If you want to make a whole night of it, Sky’s red carpet coverage (in partnership with E!) will start broadcasting at 10pm and run for 2.5 hours. In the studio, Alex Zane and guests will offer their own take on the fashion triumphs and faux pas as the excitement mounts ahead of the big event, as well as the awards themselves.
The 92nd Academy Awards will then begin proper at 00.20am GMT on Monday 10th February and run until 4am.
The actual ceremony
This year’s Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center and will once again have no host. Each original song nominee will be performed as part of the telecast – featuring Randy Newman, Elton John, Idina Menzel, Cynthia Erivo and Chrissy Metz – while Billie Eilish will also perform.
Presenters of awards in individual categories will include Mahershala Ali, Olivia Colman, Rami Malek, Timothée Chalamet, Gal Gadot, Mindy Kaling, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kelly Marie Tran, Rebel Wilson and James Corden.
Repeat / Highlights
If you don’t fancy staying up overnight, the whole ceremony is being repeated on Sky Cinema Oscars from 8.20am on Monday 10th February until 11.20am – and a two-hour highlights show will be available live and on-demand from 8pm on Monday 10th 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 4 or Xbox One console, or one of the following streaming media devices: NOW TV Box, NOW TV Smart Stick, EE TV, Apple TV: 3rd generation or later, Roku boxes and streaming sticks, Chromecast and YouView. NOW TV is also available as a built-in app on selected LG. Samsung and Hisense Smart TVs.
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