How to Watch The Oscars on Roku

The Academy Awards are undoubtedly the most prestigious annual awards ceremony, and it’s pretty exciting for movie junkies like us. If you plan to watch the Oscars on Roku, continue reading this guide to learn where you can stream it.

Movie theaters are still on halt across the globe, but that won’t stop the Oscars. Though the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) did have to postpone the event by almost two months for the reasons we all are aware of, it’s finally here and you certainly don’t want to miss out on it.

For those who didn’t get the news, the 93rd Academy Awards nominees were announced back in the middle of March 2021. Mank, the highly praised 2020 biographical drama from David Fincher, is leading the pack with a total of ten Oscar nominations. Blockbuster hits like Judas and the Black Messiah, Nomadland, Sound of Metal, Minari, and The Father have also received six nods.

Disney’s Soul and Mulan have also made their way to multiple Oscars categories this year, with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet receiving nominations for the Best Visual Effects and Best Production Design. Furthermore, the annual Governors Awards has been consolidated with the Oscars ceremony for the first time.

Watch The Oscar on Roku via ABC (2021)

Major American television network ABC will telecast the 93rd Oscars live from the Union Station and Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. In fact, ABC has been televising the Academy Awards every year since 1976, and its current broadcasting rights end in 2028.

Like most US television networks, ABC also offers its TV Everywhere service across various devices, including Roku. It gives pay-TV subscribers access to the 24/7 live ABC stream, and full episodes of ABC shows on-demand at no additional cost.

If you still pay for a cable or satellite TV connection, you can authenticate your provider credentials on the ABC streaming channel and watch the Oscars live on your Roku player or TV. Plus, you get to watch the previous year’s Oscars award ceremonies on-demand.

If you are a new Roku user, follow the below instructions to add and activate the ABC channel on Roku.

Steps to Add ABC to Roku

You can easily add the ABC TV Everywhere channel to your Roku device from the web. Go to the following Channel Store page, click Add channel, and sign in with the same Roku account linked to your streaming player or TV. You might have to check for a system update or restart your Roku for the channel to appear.

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It’s also possible to add the ABC channel directly from the Roku device. Here’s how to do it:

  • Visit your Roku’s Home screen, scroll down the options, and select Streaming Channels.
  • Next, go to the Movies & TV category and select the ABC.
  • If you can’t find it, go to the Search Channels menu, enter the channel name, and select the top result.

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  • Click Add channel on the following Channel Store screen and wait until ABC gets added to your channel list.
  • Finally, hit OK to close the “Channel added” dialog box, then press the Home button on the remote.
  • Scroll down your list of channels on the Home screen to find and launch ABC on Roku.

We recommend moving the channel to the top so that you can open it quickly. Simply highlight it, press the Star (✱) button on the remote, select Move channel, and use the remote’s D-pad to move it higher in the list.

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Steps to Activate ABC on Roku

To stream the live ABC feed on Roku, you must activate the ABC channel first. At the time of writing, over a hundred companies are in ABC’s list of participating TV providers, including AT&T U-verse, Cox, Dish, DirecTV, Optimum, Xfinity, Time Warner Cable Spectrum, and more.

  • Open the ABC channel from your Home screen channel list.
  • Go to the Account tab from the channel’s navigation bar and choose to log in with TV Provider. It will open up an activation screen.
  • Visit from your web browser, enter the activation code given on the ABC Roku channel, and click Continue.

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  • Now choose your TV provider from the list, followed by logging in with your provider account credentials.

Assuming you perform the steps correctly, your TV provider account should get authenticated on the ABC Roku channel. You can now enjoy the Oscars and ABC’s other programs live and on-demand on your Roku player or TV.

How to Access Oscars Stream on the ABC Roku Channel?

Provided that you have successfully activated the ABC Roku channel, all you have to do is head over to the Live tab from the top navigation bar and click the Watch option. You can enable or disable closed captions from the player options.

You can tune into the live Oscars ceremony stream from the featured section of the channel’s Home page.

Watch The Oscars on Roku Without Cable

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The Academy Awards is streamed exclusively on and the official ABC app. However, it works only for those who are subscribed to the channel via cable or satellite TV connection.

Though if you are a cord-cutter, you still have a few alternative options to stream the Oscars on Roku, mainly over-the-top live TV services. Fortunately, most of them offer a free trial period for new subscribers, so you can sign up for one of the skinny bundles for free and cancel it after watching the event. Here are your options:

  • AT&T TV
  • FuboTV
  • Hulu with Live TV
  • Vidgo
  • YouTube TV

Once you have your OTT live TV subscription from one of the following providers, you can activate the ABC streaming channel with your credentials and watch the Oscars. Bear in mind that you can also watch the ABC TV channel from the provider’s official app on Roku.

Watch The Oscars on Roku for Free via Locast

Depending on where you live in the United States, you can get the ABC channel for free using a TV antenna and watch the Oscars. However, you won’t even need an antenna with Locast on Roku.

Locast is a non-profit streaming service that streams local OTA channels over the internet for free. It’s available on various devices, including several generations of Roku players and TVs. Once you sign up for an account from and activate the Locast Roku channel with your credentials, you can stream ABC and other local television stations in your area without paying for a subscription.

To avoid donation requests during your time watching the Oscars on ABC, you can pay a $5 monthly fee for uninterrupted viewing.

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Wrapping up

This is how you can watch the Oscars on Roku. Whether you are a pay-TV subscriber or cord-cutter, you can catch up on the 93rd Oscars ceremony live on your Roku streaming player or TV by following this guide. We also have provided a way to stream the Oscars for free.

Which film, actor, actress, or director are you rooting for this year’s Oscars? Let us know your predictions in the comments below. If you have any other questions, we are here to answer them as well!

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