Watch NYC ball drop free

Celebrations will go on in New York’s Instances Sq., which can enable about 15,000 folks in designated viewing areas, versus the traditional 58,000, the Related Press reviews. Performers this yr (who haven’t dropped out but) embrace Journey and KT Tunstall—and town’s incoming mayor, Eric Adams, can be sworn in there shortly after midnight (in lieu of his lately postponed indoor inauguration ceremony). 

That is the second yr in a row that COVID-19 restrictions have put a damper on the ceremonial dropping of the ball, however thankfully you’ll be able to nonetheless ring in 2022 from the consolation of your lounge and stream the festivities dwell in your TV, pc, or cellphone. Right here’s how: 

Official Instances Sq. Webcast

This dwell stream from the Instances Sq. Alliance—which organizes the official ball-dropping ceremony—is free and simple to entry. The lighting and elevating of the ball start at 6 p.m. ET (full schedule here), and the countdown begins 60 seconds earlier than midnight.


Watch protection on a cable or TV community

Most tv networks are providing their very own protection of New Yr’s Eve, though some have canceled—notably the Fox community, which has determined to not undergo with its “New Yr’s Eve Toast & Roast,” as a result of newest wave of COVID-19. Others will proceed their standard dispatches from numerous areas, together with Instances Sq.. Right here’s a roundup of a few of the hottest broadcasts:

  • ABC: Dick Clark’s New Yr’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest (begin time: 8 p.m. ET)
  • NBC: Miley’s New Yr’s Eve Get together (begin time: 10:30 p.m. ET)
  • CNN: New Yr’s Eve with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen (begin time: 8 p.m. ET)

Under are a few of the hottest bundled streaming platforms. You could must check in with a pay-TV service earlier than you’ll be able to stream a few of these packages dwell.

In case you’re a brand new buyer, you would possibly be capable of get a free promotional week with one of many above companies. Be sure to test your zip code first to see which channels can be found in your space. In fact, when you have an old style OTA antenna, you’ll be able to watch the published networks for free . . . like they did within the outdated days. Joyful New Yr!