Where to watch the 2015 Super Bowl live online

You may watch it because you’re a football fan. Or for the ads. Or simply because it’s tradition. Regardless of the reason, when the Super Bowl begins on Sunday, you’re going to want to be watching — even if you don’t have cable, or maybe not even a TV.

That’s because just like last year, the event is going to be live streamed online. Super Bowl XLIX is being broadcast by NBC, and the network decided to do away with its usual requirement to sign in with your cable subscription and instead it plans to let everyone watch; cord cutters included.

The basics: Super Bowl XLIX features the New England Patriots facing off against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. The game will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and kickoff will be at 6:30pm ET (3:30pm PT).

NBC.com is streaming the Super Bowl in its entirety on its website, including NBC’s pre-game coverage, the halftime show featuring Katy Perry, as well as post-game coverage. Streaming will begin at noon ET (9am PT), and continue until 10pm ET (7pm PT).

NBC’s Sports Live Extra apps will also stream the action via their tablet apps for iOS, Android and Windows, but NBC doesn’t have the rights to stream to mobile devices, so streaming to iPhones, Android phones and Windows phones won’t work. The apps may ask you to log in with your cable account if you access live video ahead of time, but NBC has promised that this won’t be the case starting at noon ET Sunday.

Verizon subscribers will also be able to watch the Super Bowl on their phones, thanks to the NFL Mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry. Sorry, subscribers to other carriers need not apply — this one is a Verizon exclusive.

The NFL audio pass offers a live audio feed with commentary for $9.99. The subscription will also allow users to access archived NFL events throughout July.

Foreign-language radio: Audio of the Super Bowl is live streamed with commentary in Spanish, Hungarian, Japanese, French, Portuguese, Mandarin and German. Links to each webcast can be found on the NFL’s website.

Viewers abroad can tune in to a live stream of the Super Bowl via the NFL Game pass, which is available for $54.99 for anyone not residing in the U.S. and Mexico.

Hulu once again has its collection of Super Bowl ads dubbed the Adzone.

YouTube is aggregating and ranking Super Bowl ads as part of its Adblitz.

The Puppy Bowl completes every Super Bowl Sunday like a furry, friendly sidekick. Animal Planet isn’t streaming the cuter bowl live, but it has plenty of videos to tease us already on its website, and visitors of Animal Planet Live can also catch some rare Puppy Bowl training sessions live online.

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Where to watch New Year’s in Times Square live online, on your phone, Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV

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.

Where to watch the Oscars live online

This Sunday, ABC is going to live stream the Oscars for the first time in the history of the awards. However, only a subset of TV viewers will have access to the show online.

Where to watch Bonnaroo live online

The annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is sold out – but you can still enjoy many of the festival’s top acts, thanks to an extensive live stream.