ABC always live streams the Academy Awards at ABC.com and on the WATCH ABC app. Unfortunately the official live stream is normally limited to a handful of major cities and requires a cable/satellite subscription. Last year the live stream through both the official website and app was only available in Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco.
ABC announced today that it will stream the entire live broadcast of the 86th Academy Awards to iOS devices, but there are a few catches. The Watch ABC app requires that you have a paid subscription with one of ABC's cable partners to stream live content, and the live stream will only be available these select cities: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco.
iOS users who do not live in one of the select cities will still have access to ABC's behind-the-scenes Oscars coverage. The Watch ABC app is free to download from the Apple App Store. It supports all devices running iOS 5 or later.