How to watch the Academy Awards Oscars 2017 online



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Watch Oscars online

It’s that time of year again, the Oscars, yay! The Oscars this year take place on Sunday 26th February.

Back for 2017 it aims to be an exciting year of awards and if you’re like me then you’re extremely excited to watch them.

The sad news is the Oscars 2017 aren’t available to watch everywhere in the world especially if you’re outside the US. Due to this I’ve been searching high and low for a way to watch the Oscars from anywhere in the world.

You’ll be glad to know I’ve found one and in this guide I’m going to show you the extremely easy way how you can watch the Oscars 2017 from any country in the world and it doesn’t require a pricey cable subscription!

So read on and let’s find out how to watch the Academy Awards online.

How to watch the Academy Awards Oscars 2017 online

The Oscars have a dedicated website streaming the whole event live. This includes the red carpet lead up to the event and the actual awards. The site is run by ABC and unfortunately it’s only available if you’re inside the US.

The good news is you can bypass the geo-restrictions in place allowing you to watch the Oscars from anywhere in the world. So rather than being blocked and seeing the following message:

Oscars 2016 restricted

You’ll actually be able to watch the whole build up and award ceremony from anywhere.

So to watch the Oscars 2017 on the official site you’re going to need a tool called a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that allows you to alter your online location.

When you visit the Oscars website it checks your location but with a VPN you can alter your online location to the United States and rather than be blocked it’ll let you watch.

Read below where you can find out where to get a VPN and how to use it to watch the Oscars.

Where can I get a VPN?

So you’re probably wondering where you can get a VPN and you’re also probably thinking they’re going to be really complicated to use.

The first thing to clear up is that they’re so simple your grandmother could use one! The second bit of information is a VPN service is going to set you back between US$5-10 which isn’t bad because you get it for a full month so you can use it to watch other good stuff.

To stream the Oscars across the world to your location you need a fast VPN provider that can handle video. Some VPN providers are blocked from viewing so I’ve listed the two that are tested and working.

  1. Overplay
Watch the Oscars Online

Click either VPN provider above to visit their site and sign up, after that follow the guide below.

What to do next?

After you’ve visited one of the providers and above and signed up you should download their software.

For Overplay you can find it by going to Setup -> VPN Setup and then choosing either Windows or Mac and clicking the link to download their software.

For you can find it by pressing Tutorials and then selecting Windows or Mac.

Once the VPN software is downloaded, install it and then run it.

You should then connect to a United States server. For Overplay it’s best to pick their United Strates Los Angeles server. For select US East – New York.

You can try again of the other servers too.

Next hit Connect.

Overplay VPN Feb 17

Once the VPN software has connected any websites that you visit will think you’re in the United States.

All you have to do now is visit the Oscars website by clicking this link.


When is the Oscars 2017 shown

The Oscars this last year were marred by controversy due to a lack of diversity but putting that aside the Academy Awards 2017 still aim to be a star studded night and if you’re going to watch then you won’t let a bit of negativity ruin your enjoyment.

The red carpet stream will start at 7pm EST which is 01:00 CET with the actual ceremony taking place at 8:30pm EST on Sunday which is 02:30 CET on Monday.

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