EXCLUSIVE: The Academy Awards will be breaking new Web ground this year. We have learned that for the first time, ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will make the full Oscar telecast available for streaming in the U.S. on Monday across multiple platforms. They include ABC.com, the ABC Player app, Hulu, Hulu Plus and some of Hulu’s official distribution partners, including ShareTV. The Oscars will be available to stream beginning tomorrow morning at 6 AM EST through Wednesday, Feb. 27 at midnight EST. Disney-ABC co-owns Hulu, having joined NBCUniversal and News Corp. in the online venture in 2009. This is the first time a major TV awards show is being made available online in its entirety.
Highlights from tonight’s 85th Academy Awards already will be available to watch online faster than ever. Oscar.com will put up buzzed-about musical performances, acceptance speeches and jokes almost instantly after they air live on ABC tonight. (You can watch them here.) (more…)