Emmy Awards 2015
- Update: You can watch the Emmy Awards online right now following this full-proof guide.
The 2015 Emmy Awards are right around the corner. Actors and actresses from your favorite shows like Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Silicon Valley and more will grace the red carpet on Sunday, September 20 at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
But if you’re not a Los Angelino, or can’t make it to a TV in time for the event, don’t worry. You won’t have to struggle for years to finally break into the main event – it’s all streaming online.
So before the clock strikes 8 on Sunday night, we’ve put together a small feature on how to watch the biggest TV awards of the year without … uh, TV.
The pomp and circumstance of the 67th Emmy Awards is being broadcast by Fox this year, which makes their site one of the best places to go to see repeats once the show comes to a close Sunday night.
However, Fox won’t host the livestream on its website, according to an email sent to TechRadar: "No, the telecast itself is not live streamed. It is airing live across all time zones and then rebroadcasting on the west and mountain time zones. The backstage of the show will be live streamed on the Emmy website."
Our recommendation is that you…
Watch the Emmys on PlayStation Vue
We once thought PlayStation Vue was too small of a venture to cause a blip on the radar for most folks, but in the seven months since launch we’ve been proven wrong. PlayStation Vue is a cable alternative provided by Sony for PlayStation 3 and PS4 owners that allows you to watch TV without any additional equipment or long-term contracts.
It’s available in seven markets – Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Dallas, Texas – and is offered in three packages, Access, Core and Elite. The differences between the packages are the amount of premium channels, though, to watch the Emmys all you’ll need is the most basic deal.
PlayStation Vue, unlike Sling TV, offers local channels including all of the Fox affiliate stations in those seven markets, allowing you to watch the red carpet event from your gaming consoles or online through your iPad.
But, if you don’t have a Sony console or live in one of the seven available cities, you should…
Watch the Emmys on the Slingbox M2
If you want to watch the Emmys on a Slingbox, you’re going to need to do some planning.
First step, as you can probably guess, is to order a Slingbox. They’re available on Amazon for $179.99 or on Sling’s website for $199.99. Once it arrives, head over to a friend’s house (or parent’s, significant other’s, drinking buddies, etc) and hook it up to their cable box.
Once connected, you’ll be able to watch live TV on almost any of your devices anytime you want – including Sunday’s big show.
The only caveat to using Slingbox is that it directly controls the cable box in the other person’s home. That means if you want to watch, say, the Emmys online at home, they’ll have it on their TV, too.
That said, if this all sounds like too much time and work, we’ve saved the cheapest solution for last.
Watch the Emmys via wireless HD antenna
Don’t miss the catching epic winning speeches Sunday just because you don’t have cable – the cheapest alternative is just a trip to the store away. Remember bunny ears? A wireless HD antenna is the modern equivalent, picking up ultra-crisp HD picture over the air without a subscription to cable.
Every local station is required to transmit their content for free, meaning networks like Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS are all just waiting to be watched without a monthly bill.
A good, middle-of-the-road option for TV watchers who live in the suburbs or somewhat close to a bustling metropolitan center is the Flatwave Antenna by Winegard. It’s incredibly slim, inconspicuous and has no problem hiding behind the TV or behind the window shades. As long as the cord can reach the cable jack in the back of your TV, you’re all set.
Emmy Award Nominations
The Emmy Award nominations happened back in July, with many of the most talented actors and actresses getting the nod that they deserved. We’ve written extensively about the Netflix and Amazon shows up for an Emmy, but instead of focusing solely on the streaming contenders, here are all the nominees for the big awards.
In the Outstanding Drama Series category, nominees include Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards, Mad Men and Orange is the New Black.
Similarly, in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, Louie, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Silicon Valley, Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Veep are all possible winners come Sunday night.
The Lead Actor, Drama trophy will be a tight race with Bob Odenkirk from Better Call Saul, Kyle Chandler from Bloodline, Kevin Spacey from House of Cards, Jon Hamm in Mad Men, Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom and Liev Schreiber in Ray Donovan vying for the top spot.
The other really important category, Lead Actress, Drama came down to Taraji P. Henson in Empire, Claire Danes in Homeland, Viola Davis from How to Get Away with Murder, Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black, Elisabeth Moss in Mad Men and Robin Wright in House of Cards.
2015 Emmy Awards host and time
The Emmys will start at 8pm ET/5pm PT on Sunday, September 20 at the Microsoft Theater (formerly known as the Nokia Theater) in Los Angeles California. The awards will be hosted by former SNL star and Lonely Island front man Andy Samberg.