ABC will stream the Oscars live this year via its Watch ABC app on the iPhone and iPad for certain customers. The app will also feature backstage content from the event, along with the live preshow and ceremony themselves. However, there are severe limitations on viewing this content. Watch ABC allows customers to watch live content content from ABC, but only in certain markets, and then only if they use certain cable providers. These restrictions won't be lifted for the Oscars, according to Variety:
But to watch the full kudocast, you need to be lucky enough to live in the right place — and have the right pay-TV provider. The show’s livestream will be available to Watch ABC authenticated users through eight providers: Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon FiOS, Google Fiber and AT&T U-verse. The service is available only in ABC’s eight owned-station markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Fresno, Calif.
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