‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’: How Can You Stream The NYE Show and the Ball Drop Without Cable?

So, you can’t make it to New York City on New Year’s Eve, you don’t have cable, but you want to watch the ball drop. Many families are facing the same scenario, with more people than ever ditching cable.

There’s no reason to stress; you can easily stream both Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest as well as the ball drop. Let’s take a look at how to watch the show and what the lineup is for 2020. 

Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest | Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

When does ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest’ begin? 

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest airs on Dec. 31, 2019, on ABC starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. Alongside Seacrest, viewers will see Ciara, Lucy Hale, and Billy Porter. Jenny McCarthy will not be co-host this year since she chose to spend the evening with her family. 

The first performance will begin at 8:33 p.m. with Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill Broadway Musical cast on the countdown stage. Sam Hunt will perform a medley of his hit songs at 9:38 p.m. The much anticipated BTS performance will begin at 10:38 p.m. Post Malone will be the fourth and final performance coming live from NYC at 11:38 p.m.

In the interim of each NYC performance, Ryan Seacrest will send viewers over to Hollywood, New Orleans, and Miami for many other festivities and performers. 

How can we watch the ball drop in Times Square without cable? 

No cable? No problem! You can watch the live stream free of charge on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram from your phone or on another device. 

On Twitter, visit the Times Square NYC page to watch the ball drop with Jonathan Bennett. He will host the live, commercial-free webcast straight from New York City. 

You can also stream the free webcast on the Times Square NYC Facebook page. Both pages currently host an array of videos and photos featuring the events leading up to the ball drop. 

Instagram users are not left out. Times Square also has an Instagram account where they are currently showing videos of the Planet Fitness confetti test. The webcast will stream on all three accounts as well as the official Times Square website

How can you stream ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’?

The ABC show is a bit trickier to watch for free. The easiest way to stream Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest is to download the ABC app and login with your cable provider. If you do not subscribe to cable, you will need to borrow a friend or family member’s login information to watch.

You can log in to ABC.com on any device. Download the ABC app to your TV with no network channels using a Smart TV or Roku/Firestick, etc. You will need to borrow that cable provider login information to stream the show on the app. 

Whatever you choose to watch on New Year’s Eve, we hope that you have a great time ringing in the New Year.