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How to watch The Oscars 2020 on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV

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Once a year all of Hollywood stops and takes a night to give out awards to films, directors, actors, and crew for making some fantastic entertainment. There's always a lot of glitz and glam, and this year it's a little earlier than normal! The Oscars 2020 — officially the 92nd Academy Awards — is happening on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. The Awards Ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, and be broadcast live on ABC.

Unfortunately, if you want to watch The Oscars on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV you don't have a ton of options, but there are a few ways to get the awards on our devices!

The ABC app

The ABC app will carry the live stream of The Oscars, but you will need to have a supported login from a live TV streaming service or cable company. The ABC app supports logins from Hulu, YouTube TV and AT&T TV Now, so those should be a safe bet.

It's important to know that The Oscars live stream in the ABC app varies by TV market location. There is a full list of supported markets on Oscar.go.com, so it may be a good idea to click through and make sure you're in the clear.

Hulu with Live TV

You can get a one week free trial of Hulu with Live TV, but after that, it will cost you $55 a month. On top of getting Hulu as a streaming service, Hulu with Live TV has a ton of local stations and is available on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV comes with a two-week free trial, but after your month is up it will charge you $50 monthly to continue the service. YouTube TV is a pretty simple way to stream TV and has a ton of channels. Plus, it's available for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, meaning you can watch The Oscars how you want.

AT&T TV Now — Plus Plan

AT&T TV Now has one of the largest selections of channels, so you can watch The Oscars on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV with ease. There is a limited free trial, but typically the service costs $65 a month.

A VPN service

Streaming things outside of the U.S. can get tricky, and if you happen to be away for the big night, a VPN may be able to help you out. A VPN —which is short for "Virtual Private Network" — ends your internet traffic from far away through a specific set of servers, then pops it back into the United States. It can also give you security and peace of mind on open WiFi connections, because a VPN protects you against snoopers on any network.

If you're looking for a great VPN, we recommend ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). It's fast, has a tons of servers, and great customer service!

Want to know more about watching the Oscars on other devices? Check out CordCutters' in-depth guide!

How to watch the Oscars without cable

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Luke Filipowicz
Luke Filipowicz

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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1 Comment
  • Since I watched the Emmys, I also wanted to watch the Oscars. For Emmys, it worked out for me to use Surfshark VPN, so I thought about doing the same in this case. I managed to watch the Oscars through ABC with Surfshark. It was quite a fun night with my friends!