How to Watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Online Without Cable


For nearly as long as the New Year’s ball has dropped in Times Square to ring in the New Year, the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special has been coming across the airwaves to help America celebrate. This is a tradition that people have been looking forward to since 1973 and is one of the many yearly specials that have caused many people to keep their cable providers.

The tradition continues this New Year’s Eve, but with an added twist: you are now able to view this New Year’s tradition at any time, anywhere online. Today, we will outline where exactly you can view “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” online, allowing you to celebrate anywhere with friends without missing a second of the festivities.

What is “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”?

Started in 1973 by the late TV and Radio personality Dick Clark, this special has rung in the new year for millions of individuals since its first airing. While viewers wait for the ball to drop, they are guaranteed to be treated with various celebrity appearances and concert performances to keep everything alive and kicking.

This year, the special will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy, and Ciara. The party won’t be contained to New York, it will expand throughout the United States to the biggest party cities in the nation, including New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Hollywood. The line up of performers is stacked and guaranteed to deliver a mind blowing night of entertainment. Each city featured in the festivities has it’s own set of performers. Here’s a breakdown of the entertainment by location.

New York


  • Camila Cabello
  • Nick Jonas
  • Sugarland
  • Mariah Carey



  • Ciara (host)
  • Alesso
  • Kane Brown
  • BTS
  • Alessia Cara
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Fitz And The Tantrums
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • G-Eazy
  • Halsey
  • Khalid
  • Marshmello
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Portugal. The Man
  • Charlie Puth
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Hailee Steinfeld
  • Watt
  • Zedd

New Orleans


  • Lucy Hale
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Walk The Moon

Las Vegas


  • Britney Spears

The special will air on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, starting at 8pm ET on ABC.

How to Stream “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” Online

Here is a breakdown of the ways you can stream Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve online without cable.

DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now, as you may already know, is a streaming service provided by cable juggernaut DirecTV. Although this is the case, it does not require a cable subscription to use. ABC is included in the base “Live A Little” package, which costs $35/month and includes over 60 channels.

In a few short steps, you will be all set to stream DirecTV Now and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” onto most of your connected devices after simply downloading DirecTV Now from your device’s app store.

They offer a 7-day FREE TRIAL if you’re curious about what they have to offer. Give it a try.


Hulu Live

Hulu Live, provided by well-known on-demand streaming service Hulu, is still in sort of a “beta” phase. As such, the live TV options provided by Hulu Live are not yet available in all locations. So make sure the area you live in is supported before you consider signing up for Hulu Live. If it is, then you should be able to sign up for the service free for 7 days, which is just enough time to catch “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” as it airs live!

Hulu Live is $39.99/month and includes over 50 channels plus the entire Hulu on-demand library.

PlayStation Vue

One of the more limited of options on this list, PlayStation Vue is also not available in all locations, plus it is also limited to which devices are supported. This means you will have to do some research before sign-up. If you meet the requirements, however, Playstation Vue is one of the best live TV streaming services around, and also one of the few that allows you to easily watch the New Year’s Eve special in between heated matches of Madden. 

ABC is included in the Access package which is $39.99/month.



Don’t forget about good old Over-The-Air Antennas. You can get free network television over the airwaves. Some devices, like the AirTV, allow you to connect your antenna directly to your streaming device so you can easily transition between devices. Additionally, with the AirTV you can cast your live OTA shows to WiFi connected devices.


These are some of the best methods available to watch “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” online.

The special airs on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, at 8pm ET on ABC.

To all the cord-cutters out there, if you plan to watch this New Year’s special or have your own plans for the holiday, HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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