Many viewers will watch the ball drop live online in Times Square New York City on Thursday for the New Year’s Eve celebrations. While Ryan Seacrest, Pitbull and Carson Daly will host TV specials on ABC, Fox and NBC, those who may not have cable TV available will want to take full advantage of other ways to see the annual tradition. These include several websites live streaming the event and related mobile apps to help bring in the New Year 2016 as the countdown brings the clock to midnight. Here’s info on how to watch the ball drop live streaming online from Times Square NYC for New Year’s Eve 2015.
The Mashable website reported on Dec. 31 that live online coverage of the festivities in Times Square, New York, will begin as early as 6 p.m. Eastern Time Thursday. The Mashable site has provided a video feed and the webcast is said to be “commercial-free,” further adding to the allure of watching live from the comfort of one’s home with a web browser, rather than in person or via television. The webcast will also include performances from Grammy-nominee Jessie J and Daya. For those who want to watch the TV specials live online that’s possible as well, but may require a cable or satellite subscription.
The ABC special which is a time-honored tradition that was typically hosted by Dick Clark, is now in the hands of Ryan Seacrest, Jenny McCarthy and Fergie. Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve goes live at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and is available to watch on ABC affiliate channels or live streaming using the WatchABC website or apps. Carson Daly will host a special on ABC’s competitor, NBC, which kicks off with New Year’s Eve Game Night hosted by Andy Cohen at 10 p.m. ET. From 11:30 to 12:30 will be the bulk of the special which includes Gwen Stefani co-hosting. This particular special is live on NBC affiliates for TV, or live streaming through NBC’s website and mobile apps for subscribers.
Fox will also join in the festivities with their celebration emanating from Miami, Florida. Rapper Pitbull is the host of his own special party which will include a variety of musical performances. This special, called “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution,” goes live on Fox from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m., with a break for local news. The special resumes on Fox from 11 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Eastern Time, as the New Year officially arrives and the party continues. There’s also CNN’s special “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin,” which goes from 8 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. from New York. Viewers can watch on TV through CNN or live online by logging into the CNN website as a cable or satellite subscriber.
Several websites exist for the sole purpose of showing the New Year’s Eve ball drop live streaming online. The best of these is TimesSquareBall.net website, which currently provides webcam views of the celebration in New York City’s Times Square. The site also has an app that users can download for mobile devices through Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store for Android. The mobile app has features that include a countdown timer, interactive Twitter tweet function, NYE information and of course, the live NYC webcast streaming to your smartphone or tablet. No matter which option one chooses, it provides great inexpensive ways to ring in the New Year and watch the ball drop live streaming online!