New Year’s Eve is approaching, and it’s the perfect time to try a champagne cocktail and let those noisemakers do their thing. Whether you’re spending your New Year’s Eve out on the town or cuddling up on the couch to watch a classic movie on Netflix, it’s tradition to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square at midnight.
If you’re staying indoors this holiday, watching the ball drop from home is more accessible than ever before. If you have cable, you can tune in to one of the major broadcasts on ABC, NBC or CNN. While the rise of the Omicron variant and the resulting surge of COVID-19 cases in New York City has everyone on high alert, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that the festivities in Times Square will proceed, but with safety measures in place: The outdoor event will be scaled back, with attendance limited to just 15,000 masked and vaccinated individuals (typically, Times Square sees about 58,000 visitors on NYE). Previously, de Blasio had heralded a “big, strong, full strength” return of the Times Square event, after 2020’s mostly virtual affair.
Even though the Times Square festivities will go on, FOX has already canceled its New Year’s Eve telecast. But as of now, if you’ve cut the cord, you can still watch a commercial-free webcast on social media or on Times Square’s official website, TimesSquareNYC.org. With so many options, you should be able to stream the 2022 festivities on a range of devices, including Apple TV, Roku TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV. You can also stream the 2022 New Year’s Eve ball drop on your laptop and connect it to your television using an HDMI cable or Apple AirPlay.
What channel is the New Year’s Eve ball drop on?
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If you’d like to watch the ball drop on your television, there are many ways to do so.
- Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022: The 50th year of this ball drop broadcast is cohosted by Liza Koshy, Jessie James Decker, Billy Porter, D-Nice, Ciara, Daddy Yankee and Roselyn Sanchez. It airs on ABC at 8 p.m. ET; it can also be viewed on ABC Live on most devices.
- New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: For the fifth year in a row, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will count down the seconds to 2022. It airs on CNN at 8 p.m. ET; it can also be viewed on CNNgo on most devices.
- Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party: Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson cohost this NYE broadcast, which airs on NBC from 10 to 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET; it can also be viewed on the NBC app on most devices.
- New Year’s Eve with Ken Jeong and Joel McHale: Although Fox initially had plans to welcome 2022 with Ken Jeong and Joel McHale, the network canceled its New Year’s Eve program on December 22, citing the spread of the Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. Alternative programming will take its place during the evening of December 31.
How to stream the 2022 New Year’s Eve Times Square ball drop online for free:
Have no fear if you don’t have cable. You can watch a commercial-free webcast of the 2022 Times Square NYE ball drop on Times Square’s official website, TimesSquareNYC.org.
Are there other ways to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop without cable?
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Whatever you do, be sure to get started with your setup early so you don’t miss the final countdown to 2022.
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