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You Can Livestream the Oscars Online and on Your Phone — if You’re Lucky

Laptop lovers rejoice! ABC is finally lifting the red velvet rope for viewers who want to watch the Oscars online or on their mobile devices. Variety reports that, for the first time ever, certain cable subscribers will be able to livestream the entire ceremony. Meaning that you may be able to watch Ellen DeGeneres wear what is sure to be a very smart tux and say what are sure to be very witty things about Jared Leto’s ponytail in any WiFi-enabled bar, car or tent of your choice on March 2.

That is, if you both live in the right place and subscribe to the right cable provider. This brand-new service is limited to ABC-authenticated users who subscribe to one of these eight: AT&T U-verse, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications, Midcontinent Communications, Google Fiber and Verizon FiOS. 

Did you make it past the first round? OK, brace yourself for the second.

The livestreaming will be available only in New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Houston; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Fresno, Calif. Fresno? Yes, we’re just as surprised as you are.

ABC is following in the steps of networks like FOX, which, as you’ll recall, made the Super Bowl available to livestream for free this year as well. If you’re one of the lucky golden ticket holders, You can visit this page to figure out the best way to watch the ceremony online, which may involve downloading the WATCH ABC app, which is available on iOS, Android, Kindle and Windows 8. 

If you need to catch up on all the nominees before this Sunday, here’s our list of the surprising number of flicks you can watch online (for little to no money) right now. 

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