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Here’s How to Watch the Oscars This Sunday

Oscar statues waiting to be cleaned and painted for the 89th Annual Academy Awards.Photograph by Valerie Macon—AFP/Getty Images

Hollywood’s biggest stars will be in attendance on Sunday, Feb. 26 for the 89th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars this year on ABC, with red carpet coverage on that network beginning at 7 p.m. ET, before the awards show kicks off at 8 p.m. The show will also be available to live-stream online on or through the network’s ABC app (which is available to download on iOS and Android devices, as well as streaming players such as Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV).

Take note: viewers hoping to watch the Oscars online should have their television provider login information at the ready. The live-stream is only available for pay TV subscribers in the Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco television markets. Viewers with a DirecTV subscription will also be able to watch the Oscars live-stream from select television markets.

You can also watch the Oscars online through subscription streaming services such as DISH Network’s Sling TV and Sony’s Playstation Vue. And, ABC’s website will also offer The Oscars: All Access, a separate live-stream that doesn’t feature the award show, but does air interviews with nominees and presenters both backstage and in the audience.

Last year, more than 34 million television viewers tuned in to watch Spotlight win the 2016 Best Picture Oscar. That made the Oscars one of 2016’s most-watched live events, but it also represented an eight-year low for the Academy Awards telecast. This year, viewers will be tuning in to see if the modern musical La La Land, which tied a record with 14 total Oscar nominations, can waltz away with the Best Picture prize.