Watching the ball drop in Times Square is as much a part of celebrating the new year as champagne and New year’s resolutions. Want to watch the revelry without cable, or even without a TV? You’re in luck: The dropping of the ball once again gets the full live=streaming treatment — here’s where to watch it live on your computer, on your phone and even on Roku boxes, Apple TVs and Chromecast streaming sticks.
The official webcast of the celebration is starting at 6pm ET (3pm PT), and lasts until 12:15am ET.The commercial-free webcast will once again be hosted by Allison Hagendorf, and will feature guest appearances by O.A.R. and American Authors. You can watch it live on the Times Square website, on Ustream.tv or right here on Gigaom:
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Official iPhone and Android apps make it possible to also watch all the action on the go.
Roku owners won’t be able to access the live stream through an official channel this time around, but you should be able to catch the action by adding Nowhereman’s private Ustream channel to your Roku.
Apple TV owners can watch the celebration by opening the Ustream.tv site with their iPad’s Safari browser. Then simply start playing the stream, tap on the Airplay button and beam the live stream to their Apple TV.
Chromecast owners have to use a bit of a work-around: Access the Ustream website in your mobile Chrome browser, and a Chromecast icon will pop up when you play the stream, allowing you to cast the live stream to your TV.
EarthCam is once again streaming the New Year’s celebration on Times Square with multiple webcams. The site’s stream is starting at 10pm ET, and available through its website as well as its Android and iPhone and iPad apps.
Parents: Can’t wait until midnight to bring the kids to bed? Netflix to the rescue: The streaming service has produced a video of King Julien of Madagascar fame that features its own 2015 countdown, but really is more or a trailer for Netflix’s King Julien show. Still, it might do the trick for the little ones.