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How to Watch the Oscars 2024 Replays (for Free or Cheap)

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Finding out the Oscars air early this year.
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An earlier version of this post was published Friday, March 8. It has been updated to include how to watch replays and clips of the 96th Academy Awards.

The House of Mouse may be in charge of airing the Oscars, but Disney+ was not in the cards for watching yesterday’s ceremony live or streaming a replay today. But if you missed it and want to catch the full broadcast of the winners, or just relive some of the night’s best moments through clips, you may find luck with the options below. In the United States, the Oscars aired on ABC exclusively. But don’t fret, there are still many ways to get ahold of a livestream without relying on a cable subscription. We’ve got you, poor things.

The Oscars ceremony was the grand finale of the awards-season conveyor belt, and the two-hour-and-a-half hour broadcast (commercial-free) is available in full via ABC. Unlike some other awards shows (like the SAG Awards on Netflix), the Oscars were mainly for the cable girls. You will need a login to access it. If you have ABC or access to the ABC app through a cable provider, that’s your easiest bet but not your only option.

ABC’s broadcasts of their red-carpet shows are also available via cable if you want to dive into the looks, while outlets like E!, the Associated Press, and ABC News have their own coverage available to stream for free on YouTube. (Don’t skip the coverage our colleagues at The Cut put together, either.)

If you don’t live in the United States, where ABC holds the contract to put on the Oscars, you may be in luck. Channels in countries like the United Kingdom (ITV) and Australia (7PLUS) carry free, re-playable broadcasts of the Oscars, but they’re geo-locked. If you live outside of those countries and want to take advantage of the free stream, you’ll have to use a virtual private network, or VPN (a couple of the well-reviewed ones include ExpressVPN and NordVPN), which you do have to pay for, to get around the restrictions.

For future broadcasts, streamers with live-television options generally offer smooth playback: Hulu Live, YouTube TV, FuboTV, and Sling. The latter three options also offer trials for new subscribers; do with that knowledge what you will.

We actually covered a bunch of these last night. You can read more of the the night’s highs, lows, and whoas, but here are six moments we loved:

Da’Vine Joy Randolph crying, Paul Giamatti crying, the whole room crying…

John Mulaney’s tryout for Kimmel’s hosting gig.

Herein: Mr. Freeze, the Penguin, Batman, and a kaiju serving of swagger from the Godzilla Minus One team, winners for Best Visual Effects.

This performance of “Wahzhazhe (A Song For My People)” from Killers of the Flower Moon (robbed!!).

A (mostly) naked John Cena.

Christopher Nolan reminding everyone of film’s potential.

And “I’m Just Ken,” of course. Thanks, Baby Goose.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention one. For those who don’t have cable or ran out of free trials, there’s another cheaper way to watch the Oscars: Try an antenna. The prices on Amazon range from $6 to $25 bucks and you only have to pay for the antenna, plug it in, and voilà, you get broadcast channels for free! Next year, perhaps.

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