Out in 2021 and in in 2022! Tonight, the United States will celebrate the New Year with the annual throw of the ball in Times Square in New York City. And while last year’s ball drop was empty due to the pandemic, this year, the shouting crowd characteristic of the event will return: damn Omicron!
But if you’re planning to curl up with a glass of champagne at home this New Years Eve rather than venturing into large and potentially bummed crowds, you’re probably wondering how to watch the Times Square ball drop live. Can you see the ball drop without a cable? Here’s everything cord cutters need to know:
WHEN DOES BALL DROP COVERAGE BEGIN?
Here’s what time the most popular New Year’s Eve specials start:
NBC: Miley’s New Years Eve Party: 10 pm ET
A B C: Dick Clark New Years Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022: 8 pm ET
CNN: New Years Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: 8 pm ET
Zorro: New Years Eve with Ken Jeong and Joel McHale: While Fox initially planned to perform in 2022 with hosts Ken Jeong and Joel McHale, Fox canceled the December 22 event due to the spread of the omicron variant. Other programming will take its place.
HOW TO WATCH THE WIRELESS BALL FALL: UPDATE 2021
All three services offer free trials for new customers, so you can give them a try and cancel on New Years Day. Or who knows? Maybe you will find your new favorite streaming service.
CAN YOU SEE THE FALL OF THE BALL IN HULU?
In addition to Hulu + Live TV, regular Hulu subscribers can watch the ball drop at no additional cost thanks to the ABC News Live special, Nochevieja: Times Square Ball Drop. Live coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET and runs through the early hours of New Years Day.
HOW TO WATCH YEARS NIGHT ONLINE: MORE BALL DROP 2022 OPTIONS
If you’re not in the mood to examine streaming options, you can also watch the 2022 Times Square ball toss live online via TimesSquareNYC.org, NewYearsEve.nyc, Y TimesSquareBall.net. As for social networks, you can check the event on Twitter. @TimesSquareNYC or on Facebook at Times Square NYC Page.