Planning to Live Stream the Oscars on an Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad? Good Luck

Cable cutters rejoiced when the Super Bowl was streamed live to every device imaginable, but for the Oscars, it's a different story. You can live-stream the February 28 event via the Watch ABC app for the Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad, but only if you're already a subscriber to a "participating TV provider account" and live in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, or San Francisco.

The list of hundreds of participating TV providers can be found here. The same restrictions apply to watching it via your desktop computer on the ABC.com website.

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Given the advertising revenue available, you'd think that ABC would want to attract as many eyeballs as possible. Unlike broadcast TV, where advertisers really never know exactly how many people are watching and have limited information about their demographics, live streaming lets them know exactly how many people are watching and where they're located. But no doubt ABC has contractual obligations with the cable companies that limit the availability of their content via live streaming.

Still, the trend is toward making more content available to cord cutters. But for now, if you've discontinued your cable subscription, you'll need to get a rooftop TV antenna to get the Oscars broadcast over-the-air in the old fashioned way. Or you'll need to impose on a friend.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.