Where can I watch the 2021 Oscars online in the UK legally?
Staff Reporter | On 18, Apr 2021
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 25th April (well, technically Monday 26th April) – 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 on-demand library of 1,000 movies on-demand, with Sky Originals including Promising Young Woman and The United States vs Billie Holiday, and Sky Cinema exclusives including The Witches, Tenet and Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
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 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 2021 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 25th April, 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 10pm, Sky Cinema teams up with E! for a red carpet-style pre-show, with Jason Kennedy, Maria Menounos and Ross Matthews discussing pop culture.
At 12.30am, the 93rd Academy Awards will begin proper and run until around 4.15am.
The actual ceremony
The ceremony, in a rare break from tradition, will take place at the Union Station in Los Angeles, although there will be some elements involving the usual Dolby Theatre. The aim, however, is to ensure that glamour is still a key feature of the event, with nominees and guests to be sporting full glitzy dress code. For those unable to attend or travel to the US, there will also be other international hubs, including one in London for British talent to gather. That means speeches, yes, but a limited number of Zoom addresses. Instead, with a mix of pre-recorded video interviews and presenters including Halle Berry, Bong Joon-Ho, Don Cheadle, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King and more, the plan is for the whole ceremony to feel more like a cinematic movie than a typical ceremony. And yes, that means that won’t be a host for the third year running.
Repeat / Highlights
If you don’t fancy staying up overnight, on Monday 26th April a two-hour highlights reel will be broadcast 6pm on Sky Cinema Oscars and at 9pm on Sky One.
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