Where can I watch the 2022 Oscars online in the UK legally?
James R | On 26, Mar 2022
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 allows viewers without Sky to stream all of Sky Cinema’s movie channels live, including the Oscars ceremony, on Sunday 27th March (well, technically Monday 28th March) – with no contract.
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Option 1: Sky Cinema
A bundle that includes Sky TV, Netflix and Sky Cinema currently costs £36 a month for 18 months, with set-up fees of up to £49 (prices may change). Sky Cinema, meanwhile, costs £11 for 18 months on top of a basic Sky TV package (saving £8 compared to rolling contract pricing). Either way, that gives you 12 Sky Cinema channels and an on-demand library of 1,000 movies on-demand, with Sky Originals including Promising Young Woman and Mass and Sky Cinema exclusives including A Quiet Place Part II, Another Round, Kimi, Nobody, The Suicide Squad and Malignant.
These days, Sky has a streaming app, Sky Go, which means that once ordered, you can start watching your Sky TV content straight away without having to wait for a box to be installed. Find out more information here.
Option 1: Sky TV
Don’t have the Sky Cinema add-on, this year for the first time the Oscars will also be available to watch for regular Sky TV subscribers, with Sky Max and Sky Showcase both broadcasting the event – both channels are available to all Sky TV customers for no extra charge.
Option 2: NOW
NOW gives non-Sky customers a way to access Sky Cinema’s catalogue of 1,000 movies on-demand without a contract. It currently costs £11.99 a month with a 7-day free trial for new customers, which means that eligible viewers could technically watch the 2022 Oscars online for zero pennies if they were to cancel their free trial within a fortnight.
The NOW app is available on a range of devices, including a NOW Box or Smart Box, NOW Smart Stick, iOS, Android, Chromecast, LG smart TVs, PlayStation 4 or 5, Roku box or streaming stick, Samsung TV, Sony TV, Windows, Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S, YouView (including TalkTalk & BT boxes), Mac OS, Apple TV, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick and JVC Fire TV Edition Smart 4K TV. For more information, see nowtv.com.
How to watch the Oscars live in the UK
On Sunday 27th March, users will need to go to Sky Cinema on their Sky TV box, or go to nowtv.com/gb/watch/movies/watch-live to stream a live feed of the Academy Awards on Sky Cinema Oscars.
At 11pm, Sky Cinema will present its pre-show warm-up, with host Alex Zane talking film, fashion and nominees with celebrity guests such as actor Bill Bailey and comedian Joel Dommett. You can also expect red carpet footage from E! sprinkled through the programme. If you don’t have Sky Cinema, you can also watch the pre-show on Sky Showcase and Sky Max.
At 1am, the 94th Academy Awards will begin proper and run until around 4.15am. Again, if you don’t have Sky Cinema, you can also watch the ceremony on Sky Showcase.
The actual ceremony
The ceremony will return this year to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes teaming up to host the event.
Repeat / Highlights
If you don’t fancy staying up overnight, on Monday 28th March a two-hour highlights reel will be broadcast at 7pm on Sky Cinema Oscars and Sky Showcase. It will also be broadcast at 10pm on Sky Max and Sky Showcase.
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