How To: Watch the Oscars 2014 on Your Smartphone

Smartphones and laptops users will be able to enjoy the Oscars live streaming this year because ABC is lifting the red velvet rope for those who would rather watch the event online on their laptops or their mobile devices.

Variety reports that a limited number of cable providers will finally be able to live stream the Oscars ceremony for the first time ever. This means that you will be able to watch this year’s nominees and presenters wearing their best outfits and sporting the most expensive jewels almost anywhere where you find Wi-Fi access – a bar, restaurant, car or a minivan in front of your neighbor’s house.

The Oscars ceremony takes place on March 2, so don’t miss it. The catch is you need to be lucky enough to live in the right place and to be a subscriber of the right cable provider because only eight ABC – authenticated channels are authorized to live stream the Oscars this year: Midcontinent Communications, AT&T U–Verse, Cablevision, Comcast, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Google Fiber and Verizon FiOS.

However, the restrictions aren’t over yet, so brace yourselves for another round because the live streaming for mobile devices will only be available in a limited number of cities: Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Raleigh –Durham, N.C. and Fresno, California. The latter seems an odd choice.

The providers are following in the footsteps of the Fox that made the Super Bowl available to live streaming for mobile devices for free this year.

As you can see, it’s not an easy call, and many of you are left behind of the Oscars mobile streaming. However, if you’re lucky enough, you can visit this webpage for more details on how you can watch the Oscars ceremony online. You might have to download and install Watch ABC from Google Play, iTunes, Kindle or Windows Phone App Store.