With WABC/7 yanked off Cablevision in an ongoing dispute over retransmission fees, what are Long Island Oscars fans to do?
You can head over to the house of a friend who is hooked up to a Cablevision competitor. Or go to Uncle Bob and Aunt Sue's who might have a converter box and antenna.
Otherwise, options are limited. Some to consider:
Converter: These are the standard analog-to-digital converter boxes you can buy if you don't already have a digital set. Target lists the Apex DTS50A at $49.99, while Walmart stocks the AccessHD 1080-U box at $42. Best to check your outlet first to see if they are in stock.
Online: A spokeswoman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says, "There are no sites that can legally stream the ceremony [and] as yet, the Academy has not sold the rights for the show on the Internet." In the meantime, check out this site, which streams an ABC signal in real time: www.channelsurfing.net/watch-abc.html. Will it show tonight's Oscars ceremony as it happens? We won't know until showtime. Also, check out live channel Justin.TV.
AP and Livestream: This collaboration between one of the world's leading news organizations and a video app maker won't get you the ceremonies, but it does promise the red carpet, post-Oscars interviews and frequent updates at www.livestream.com/aplive. The site goes live from the red carpet at 6 p.m.
Follow a blog: Many will put you immediately in the loop, including at newsday.com.
Goldderby.latimes.com: Exhaustive blog by awards expert Tom O'Neil.
Zap2it.com: The all-things-TV site also has an all-things-Oscars blog. Check it out here: zap2it.com/movies/oscars/zap-oscars,0,6650211.htmlstory.