Originally posted on Gigaom:
Who can watch. The live stream of the 2014 Oscars is only available to subscribers of the following TV service providers: Comcast(s cmcsa), Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter(s chtr) Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Verizon(s vz) FiOS, Google(s goog) Fiber and AT&T U-verse(s t). Dish and DirecTV(s dtv) subscribers are left out, as are Time Warner Cable(s twc) subscribers.
But even a contract with the right TV provider doesn’t automatically get you access to the live stream: You also have to be in an area where Disney owns the local ABC station, which is the case in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno. ABC affiliates in other cities do not have access to Watch ABC, so you’re left in the cold if you live in San Diego or Dallas.
On the web. Viewers who do happen to live in the right place and have a contract with the right provider can watch a live stream of the Oscars on Oscar.com, ABC.com or WATCHABC.com. To access the stream, viewers need to log in with their pay TV credentials — the username and password you use to access your TV bill online.