Spectators will not be allowed to personally see the ball drop in Times Square in New York City to mark the transition from 2020 to 2021
The glittering Times Square Ball descends a pole to mark the passage of time on New Year’s Eve since 1907 to 1908, and the TV broadcast is one of the most enduring holiday traditions in the US. Here’s how to stream Times Square Ball drop this year.
Times Square online
One Times Square, the building where the Ball is located, offers an augmented reality app for Android, iPhone and iPad that takes Times Square straight to wherever you are. If AR isn’t your thing, the app offers an online live stream with multiple feeds from Times Square and around the world, plus behind-the-scenes footage.
There is also a more traditional live webcast from the Times Square website.
ABC’s long-running New Year’s Eve celebration, Dick Clark’s New Years Eve Rockin ‘, will return this year with host Ryan Seacrest broadcasting live from Times Square alongside actress and co-host Lucy Hale. Other hosts will check in from New Orleans (AttitudeBilly Porter) and Los Angeles (pop singer Ciara), but the focus will be trained on Times Square when the ball falls.
Subscribers to AT&T TV Now ($ 55 + per month after a seven-day free trial), Fubo TV ($ 29.99 + per month after a three-day free trial), Hulu with Live TV ($ 54.99 + per month after a seven-day free trial (trial version), and YouTube TV ($ 64.99 per month after a seven-day free trial) can watch the broadcast from 8:00 p.m. local time as part of their local ABC affiliate’s live stream .
NBC’s New Years Eve 2020 will also broadcast live from Times Square, with returning presenter Carson Daly joined by actress and Dancing with the stars veteran Julianne Hough as his co-host and DJ Stephen “tWitch” Boss of The Ellen Degeneres Show as a special correspondent. The show will feature musical performances from X Ambassadors, Brett Eldredge, Ne-Yo, Leslie Odom Jr., Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and more, along with the traditional ball drop.
Subscribers to AT&T TV Now ($ 55 + per month after a seven-day free trial), Fubo TV ($ 29.99 + per month after a three-day free trial), Hulu with Live TV ($ 54.99 + per month after a seven-day free trial) and YouTube TV ($ 64.99 per month after a seven-day free trial) will be able to watch the broadcast from 10 p.m. local time as part of their local NBC affiliate’s live stream.
CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcast, hosted by Anderson Cooper, has become a holiday institution in recent years. This year CNN star Anderson Cooper returns with Bravo’s co-host Andy Cohen Watch What Happens Live. The dynamic between the two close friends is always entertaining to watch, and the CNN broadcast will also feature appearances and performances from John Mayer, Snoop Dogg, Patti Labelle, Kylie Minogue and Jon Bon Jovi, among many others.
CNN correspondents will check in from around the world, but Times Square will be the focus when the ball drops.
CNN’s broadcast will be available for free live viewing from 8 p.m. ET on the CNN website and will be available to stream live to Hulu subscribers with Live TV ($ 54.99 + per month after a seven-day free trial), Sling TV ($ 30 + per month after a one-day free trial) and YouTube TV ($ 64.99 per month after a seven-day free trial).