Was Seth MacFarlane the best Oscar host ever, or the worst? You don’t know? Well if you didn’t get a chance to see him host the 85th Academy Awards ceremony last night (or you loved it so much you want to watch it again and again) then you are in luck! For the first time ever, ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are making the full Oscar telecast available to U.S. citizens online across multiple platforms.
Highlights from the Academy Awards show have been available online since last night, with Oscar.com posting musical performances, acceptance speeches and jokes almost in real time. The Academy Awards are ABC’s highest rated telecast and this year the network sold their Oscar ad inventory at a whopping $1.7-$1.8 million per 30-second spot.
As people become more and more likely to watch televised live events through their DVR or TiVo instead of as it is happening, ABC is moving towards offering those of you at home more ways to watch when it is convenient for you. Those who want to watch the ceremonies now can head over to ABC.com, the ABC Plater app, Hulu, Hulu Plus and other Hulu distribution partners anytime between this morning at 6am EST to Wednesday, February 27th at midnight EST to stream the show. This is the first time in the history of major TV awards that they full broadcast will be made available online.
Do you plan on taking advantage of the Academy Awards online streaming services?