Out with 2021, and in with 2022! Tonight, the United States will ring in the New Year with the annual Times Square ball drop in New York City. And while last year’s ball drop was empty due to the pandemic, this year, the event’s signature screaming crowd will return — omicron be damned!
But if you’re planning on curling up with a glass of champagne at home this New Year’s Eve instead of venturing out into large, potentially unvaxxed crowds, you’re probably wondering how to watch the Times Square ball drop live. Can you watch the ball drop without cable? Here’s everything you cordcutters need to know:
Here’s what time the most popular New Year’s Eve specials begin:
NBC: Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party: 10 p.m. ET
ABC: Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022: 8 p.m. ET
CNN: New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: 8 p.m. ET
Fox: New Year’s Eve with Ken Jeong and Joel McHale: While Fox initially planned to ring in 2022 with hosts Ken Jeong and Joel McHale, Fox canceled the event on Dec. 22 due to the spread of the omicron variant. Other programming will take its place.
No cable? No problem. If you don’t have a cable log-in, you can still watch each of the above networks live with an active subscription to Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, or fuboTV.
All three services offer free trials for new customers, so you can try them out for the ball drop and cancel them come New Year’s Day. Or who knows? Maybe you’ll find your new favorite streaming service.
In addition to Hulu + Live TV, regular Hulu subscribers can watch the ball drop at no additional cost thanks to ABC News Live’s special, New Year’s Eve: Times Square Ball Drop. The live coverage starts at 6 p.m. ET and will run late into the early hours of New Year’s Day.
If you’re not in the mood to sift through streaming options, you can also watch the 2022 Times Square ball drop streaming live online via TimesSquareNYC.org, NewYearsEve.nyc, and TimesSquareBall.net. Social media-wise, you can check out the event on Twitter @TimesSquareNYC or on Facebook at the Times Square NYC page.