How to Watch the New Years Eve Ball Drop in Times Square
Whether you’re prepping for a big New Year’s Eve party (don’t forget the New Year’s Eve drinks!), or gearing up for New Year’s Eve movie marathon with your family, no celebration is complete without the big countdown and watching the 2020 New Year’s Eve ball drop live on TV.
Last year’s 12-foot sparkling ball was more impressive than ever, as CBS New York reported it got a new addition of 192 new triangles made from Waterford crystal to combine with its 2,688 existing gems. And who knows what fabulous surprises are in store for this year’s centerpiece? But the good news is, those who can’t be in New York City’s Times Square for the big event can still feel like they’re a part of 2019’s going away party.
Who is hosting the Times Square New Year’s Eve specials?
That depends on which channel you will be watching…
Dick Clark New Year’s Eve
Lucy Hale will join Seacrest as the new cohost of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest in New York City.
NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2020
Daly is returning to host NBC’s special with Julianne Hough and Stephen “tWitch” Boss, DJ for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as a correspondent.
FOX’s New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square
Harvey’s primetime celebration will be cohosted by Maria Menounos and three-time Super Bowl Champion and FOX Sports NFL analyst Rob Gronkowski.
Times Square New Year’s Eve
Mean Girls star and host of the Food Network’s Holiday Wars and Halloween Wars, Jonathan Bennett, is reprising his role as host of the official ball drop event, Times Square New Year’s Eve, with street correspondents Andrea Boehlke and Jeremy Hassell.
Here’s how you can watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop live in 2020 on TV, online, on your phone, and in person.
Channels like NBC, Fox, and ABC have all aired specials on December 31. You can also watch the ball drop live at timessquareball.net
How to Watch the New Years Eve Ball Drop in Times Square on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS, Android, & More
Should you be tuning in via your phone, computer, or tablet, you can watch ABC, NBC, and Fox live from each of their mobile apps.
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest airs on ABC on December 31 starting at 8 p.m. EST. You can stream ABC live with Hulu with Live, AT&T TV NOW, Vidgo, and YouTube TV. ABC’s event will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest, featuring Ciara, Lucy Hale, and Billy Porter as co-hosts.
NBC’S New Year’s Eve will air 10-11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. EST. Look for NBC on Sling TV, Hulu with Live, AT&T TV NOW, YouTube TV, and fuboTV. Carson Daly, Chrissy Teigen, and Leslie Jones will host.
Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey will begin at 8 p.m. EST with host Steve Harvey and co-host Maria Menounos. You can watch Fox live with Sling TV, Hulu with Live, Vidgo, AT&T TV NOW, YouTube TV, and fuboTV.
For many antenna users, these channels are available for free. You can always use a device like a Tablo DVR or HDHomeRun to stream your antenna to a Roku, Fire TV, or Apple TV. Check out Antenna Web to find out what you can get with an antenna where you live.
You can also catch a live webcast of the event online. Jonathan Bennet will host as the webcast gives viewers full coverage of musical guests and all the excitement, live and commercial free.
The Times Square 2020 Webcast will begin at 6 p.m. ET on December 31 and end at 12:15 a.m. on January 1, 2020 ET. The show will be streamed live on multiple websites, including TimesSquareNYC.org, NewYearsEve.nyc, Livestream.com/2020 and TimesSquareBall.net.
When will the Ball Drop NYC performances take place?
The New Year’s Eve programs will air Tuesday, Dec. 31. NBC’s celebration will begin at 10 p.m. EST and will break at 11 p.m. for local news, before returning for the final countdown at 11:30 p.m. EST. Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey will be divided into two parts with the first half airing from 8 to 10 p.m. EST/CT live. Harvey’s party will continue with part two at 11 p.m, while Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest’s will start at 8 p.m. EST and break at 11 p.m. The show will return at 11:30 p.m. and wrap at 2:13 a.m. EST. Times Square’s 11th annual webcast will begin at 6 p.m. EST and end at 12:15 a.m.
Now you’re set. Here’s wishing you a happy New Year and a happy new way of watching that ball drop!