No red carpet invite? Here's how to watch the 2017 Oscars

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You've got your wine and popcorn. You've got your list of predicted winners. Now all you need to know is when, where, and how you can watch the 2017 Oscars. Well, the award for luckiest GamesRadar+ reader goes to you, because I've got all of that right here.

When is it?

The 2017 Oscars (also known as the 89th Academy Awards), will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 26. Red carpet pre-show coverage will begin at 4pm Pacific/12am GMT, with the ceremony proper commencing at 5:30pm Pacific/1:30am GMT. UK readers, you might want to be good and rested, as the show typically lasts for several hours.

Where can I watch it?

If you're stateside and have television service, ABC is the channel you want. If you don't have a TV available, you can also watch via your computer at or the WATCH ABC mobile app. However, in order to stream the ceremony in this way, you have to live in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, or San Francisco, and you'll still need to have a valid subscription via a cable or satellite provider.

You can also watch on if you have DirecTV in these cities: Albuquerque, Boston, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah and West Palm Beach.

If you're in the UK, Sky has a special gift for you: it will broadcast the awards on its Sky Cinema channel. If you prefer to stream, NowTV will play a live stream of the event on their website.

Anything else I need to know?

GamesRadar+ will have ongoing Oscars coverage both before and after the show. Check in with us regularly for historical highlights, funny trivia, a Bingo-style game to play during the show, and of course, a list of the winners.

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