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How to Watch the 2017 Academy Awards as a Cord Cutter

We hope you enjoy the following guest post from Chris Brantner, the cord cutting expert behind


Hollywood’s biggest night - the Academy Awards – is this Sunday! Movie fans and celebrity-watchers tune in for the red carpet outfits and moving speeches from winners. Whether you’re hoping that Fences, Hidden Figures, Arrival, or another film takes home the Oscar, you won’t want to miss the ceremony!


Oscars 2017


The 89th Oscars airs live Sunday, February 26 on ABC/CTV starting with red carpet coverage at 7 p.m. ET. The Academy Awards ceremony itself starts at 8:30 p.m. ET. This year's host is Jimmy Kimmel.

Cord cutters will be happy to know that if you have an antenna you can just tune to your local ABC network (or CTV network in Canada) and you’ll be good to go.

If you don’t have a digital antenna or a Tablo DVR so you can record the shows you’re not home to watch, you should! Having the right equipment certainly makes your life as a cord cutter much easier.

 Mohu antenna window


How to Watch the 89th Academy Awards
If you want to watch The Oscars, or any other live event, we highly recommend using a digital antenna. This is the least expensive way to watch the show, and it’s also the best way to ensure that you’ll get to watch it live. 


If you’re not going to be home, an Over-the-Air DVR like Tablo is a great way to record things when you’re not able to watch live. These DVRs work just like the ones from the cable company, but don’t come with a hefty monthly cable bill. You just connect your OTA antenna, set the DVR to record the Academy Awards (and whatever else you want), then play the programs back later.


Or if you want to watch live-ish, but don't want to sit through commercials or an especially long-winded speech, watch The Oscars as a recording in-progress. Just hit record and tune into another program for an hour or so. The recording buffer created will allow you to watch the awards in a fraction of the time.  


Depending on your DVR model, you may also be able to watch a program live while recording another, or pair your mobile devices with your DVR to watch TV while you’re away from home

Tablo Oscars Smartphone 

You can also stream the Academy Awards online using a subscription service, but this is not without some potential roadblocks. Unless you live in a major city like New York or Los Angeles there is a good chance that Sling TV or other streaming services won’t offer any local channels for live streaming. Much of the country will be restricted on-demand streaming access, which means you won’t be able to watch the Academy Awards or anything on ABC live.


So get your antenna ready and turn on your TV when the show starts at 7 p.m. ET on February 26. And don’t forget to record it with your Tablo DVR so you can play back the highlights.


May the best films win!


Chris BrantnerChris Brantner runs, a blog dedicated to helping people find legal cable TV alternatives. Follow him on Twitter @CutCableToday and like him on Facebook at 



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