This Sunday, it’s “Oscar’s big night,” otherwise known as the Academy Awards. As Hollywood A-listers walk down the red carpet, movie-goers switch from silver screen to small screen to watch the mother of all awards shows on TV.
But what if you’re stuck in a hotel room in New Delhi with only Bollywood options in Hindi? Or you’re at your in-laws and they would rather watch an old repeat of Magnum P.I. on the only TV in the house? You could record the show and watch it later, but because it’s a live broadcast and virtually everyone arranges their schedule to watch it when it airs, you’d have to avoid Facebook, Twitter and, basically, the entire Internet so you don’t come across any spoilers or big moments on stage during the program. Besides, who avoids the “entire Internet” these days when 91% of American adults now own a cell phone or smartphone of some kind?
What’s a movie buff to do?
For Pete’s sake, don’t avoid the Internet. In fact, put it to use. Phone-home that Slingbox of yours, fire up SlingPlayer on your second screen – smartphone, tablet or laptop – so you can watch the live broadcast as well as participate in the social conversations taking place in real time. Just because you’re not in your living room doesn’t mean you can’t watch the Academy Awards and post comments along with everyone else in the world. Phew, disaster averted.
Don’t forget, though, that Slingbox is a great solution for any TV program that is broadcasted live or that has a lot of real-time social activity (i.e., The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones). Wherever you are in the world, you can always watch your favorite programs and tweet your heart out at the same time.
The 86th Academy Awards air on ABC, Sunday, March 2nd, 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT. Watch it with your Slingbox!