How to ring in and stream a rollicking New Year’s online, without cable

“It’s almost midnight! Turn on the TV!”

For decades, this has been the phrase heard in just about every home and at every party on December 31st at a few minutes to midnight. It’s standard party-going fare. Flip on the TV, watch the ball drop, and pop some champagne. But the times, they are a changin’!

If you’re among the growing number of Canadians who’ve cut the cable cord this past year, flipping on the tube to watch the ball drop requires a teeny tiny bit of extra planning.

Luckily, there are plenty of online streaming options to choose from, including many of the big hits. For instance, you don’t need cable to watch the official Times Square webcast, including the iconic Times Square Ball Drop. You can also get a jump on the NYE festivities with the official live stream of the Sydney Harbour celebrations in Australia.

However, you may want to stay closer to home this year. In Canada, NYE 2017 holds special importance. It marks the start of a yearlong, countrywide celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, and CBC is streaming their entire New Year’s Eve festivities live online all across the country. Hosted by Rick Mercer from Parliament Hill, it spans the country and features many of the country’s most popular musicians.

Of course, you don’t want your guests huddling around your laptop to ring in the New Year. Getting these live streams onto the biggest screen in your house is essential, and the easiest way to do it is with Chromecast and the Chrome web browser. Play a live stream on your web browser, cast it your TV with a single click, and voila—you’re live streaming New Year’s Eve, no cable subscription required.


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