Those without cable (or a TV) may be wondering how to watch the Emmys
2020 online for free. Though the awards show celebrates the
best of the best in television, it’s hard not to acknowledge that
most viewers (a.k.a. millennials and Gen Z-ers) watch TV from the
comfort of their computer screens.
But before we list some (free!) ways to watch the Emmys 2020
online, let’s break down the basic info viewers will need to
know about this year’s first-ever virtual awards show.
When are the Emmys 2020?
The 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards will
air on Sunday, September 20, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.
Who’s the Emmys 2020 host?
The Emmys 2020 host is Jimmy Kimmel, who has hosted the awards
show twice before in 2012 and 2016.
Where are the Emmys 2020?
The main show for the Emmys 2020 will be at the Staples Center
in downtown Los Angeles. (Previous awards shows were held at the
Microsoft Theatre in L.A.) Kimmel will host the main show from the
Staples Center stage, but there will be no live audience or
According to Variety, the
Staples Center was chosen because of the size of the venue,
which will allow for the amount of wires and equipment the Emmys
will need for their virtual show. The nominees will not be at the
Staples Center. Instead, the Emmys will have 140 professional
cameras connected to live feeds where nominees are located. In a
letter to attendees in July, the Emmys confirmed that
nominees will be live streamed from their home or a location of
their choice. The 140 live streams are connected to a control room
at the Staples Center.
Image: Invision for the Television Academy/AP.
“This will all depend on the comfort level of the people at
the other end, but we’ve got to go and find them,” an Emmys
producer told Variety. “They might be at home, they might be in
the garden, might be in a hotel, they might be standing on the side
of the street. It doesn’t really matter, wherever they feel
comfortable. But we want to bring every nominee that we can
logistically, live into the show.”
Another producer said, “There are people who are nominated who
live in Los Angeles, who live in London, who live in Berlin and Tel
Aviv, so we’re looking through all those all those questions and
all those challenges and trying to figure it out. But again, that
gets into what people’s comfort level is. Do you want someone
ringing your doorbell? We’re coming up with a lot of interesting
possible solutions. And one of the things that we’re working
through in terms of the show is that everything doesn’t have to
be the same. We want to have a lot of variation and experimentation
within the show. Once you say the world is your studio, then you
can do some inventive things.”
Who are the Emmys 2020 nominations?
The full list of the Emmys 2020
nominations can be read here, but here are some highlights.
Surprises for the 2020 Emmys include Zendaya (who was nominated for
her first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for
Euphoria), Love Is Blind, Cheerand Ramy. The most nominated
network was Netflix with 160 nods, whereas the most nominated drama
was Ozark and Succession with 18 nominations each. The most
nominated comedy (and show overall) was The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,
which received 20 nods.
How to watch the Emmys 2020 online
Both the Daytime Emmys and the Creative Arts Emmys were live
streamed on the Television
Academyâ€™s YouTube channel. Itâ€™s unclear if the Primetime
Emmys will do the same, but there are still a ton of free ways to
watch the Emmys 2020 online. Thank goodness for free trials. Those
ways include free trials for services like
Hulu+ With Live TV,
AT&T TV Now. Each service provides a five to seven-day free
trial (just remember to cancel it before it ends), which is more
than enough time to watch the Emmysâ€™ three-hour broadcast. Here
are prices and info for each service.
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