Live events have been rough for cord cutters for years. We鈥檝e had to deal with crappy, grainy and questionably legal (okay, totally not legal) live streaming聽on our laptops or attending a viewing party at the tiny apartment of the one friend who鈥檚 holding strong with that聽cable subscription. Which, by the way, is a terrible choice if you鈥檙e trying to live tweet (SO MUCH BACKGROUND NOISE!). Looks like the clouds are clearing and times are a-changing as producers of *insert major television event聽here* are finally joining the digital world and streaming their productions live (sometimes with a catch, natch). Long live tech!

21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show

We first got pumped about this new trend when it was announced that both the聽SAG Awards聽and the聽Super Bowl聽were being live streamed from the TNT and NBC websites, respectively. With the聽Screen Actors Guild Awards, the basic cable network made live streaming the ceremony simple 鈥斅爊o sign-up required. And if you just happened to be on the West Coast (where the actual event was being held) you could still watch it live and non-tape鈥揹elayed. We鈥檒l get to that annoyance in a moment. The oddest part about TNT鈥檚 stream, though, was the lack of聽commercials during live feed breaks. We can鈥檛 really complain because that led to zero distractions as we聽headed to the kitchen bar for another fancy cocktail refill every time the screen went black 聽鈥 just seemed like a missed opportunity for someone ;)

Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show

Like we said, the聽biggest television event of all (that鈥檚 the Super Bowl, y鈥檃ll) came to the Internet this year too. We鈥檙e kind of confused about what took so long. But with the help of NBC (snaps for you, peacock!), Katy Perry, commercials and, oh yeah, football, was broadcasted from the world wide web for everyone not wanting to pretend like they knew what was going on at a sports bar. Just like with TNT + the SAG Awards, there was no signup required to view the game. Touchdown, NBC.

57th GRAMMY Awards - Show

After all the excitement of no-frills live streaming for those major events, we聽kinda聽expected the same for music鈥檚 biggest night when it was announced that the聽Grammys聽were following their live-streaming lead. After all, of all the events that had the potential to go viral it would be this one. Sadly, CBS鈥 live streaming was kind of a mess. First off, signing up was a hassle 鈥 we get it, CBS, you want us to use your new streaming service聽CBS All Access, but聽how many people *actually* entered all their credit card info? Then after the registering headache,聽CBS basically went and trolled West Coast viewers, making聽us聽wait for a tape-delayed broadcast instead of watching it live with the East Coast. Sorry CBS, but if you鈥檙e gonna offer live streaming, offer it for the entire country at once and don鈥檛 tease us Twitter-obsessed left coasters. We will give them tiny golf claps for providing live video of backstage so we could see all the BTS goings-on we wouldn鈥檛 ever get to see from a cable provider. Teeny, tiny golf claps though.

86th Annual Academy Awards - Show

With the mixed bag of live stream results from the year鈥檚 star-studded聽events so far, we鈥檙e having mixed feelings (while keeping our fingers crossed) about the The Oscars.聽ABC recently announced there will be a live digital stream through its聽Watch ABC App, but the way it was worded in their announcement,聽we鈥檙e聽a聽little聽skeptical the broadcasting company may be going the route of CBS (tape-delay for the West Coast) for the Academy Awards. Seriously, don鈥檛 put us through that torture again. There is some silver lining however, as the network announced there will be exclusive聽red carpet footage and backstage action that can鈥檛 be viewed on the regular television screen. So kudos for the second screen bonus activity (and TBD actual live stream broadcast), ABC.

72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards - Show

While the official live streaming trend has us excited (and grateful) we don鈥檛 have to turn to alternate routes to view the year鈥檚 big events, there are聽totally improvements that can be made on the part of the broadcasting companies. Namely,聽live streams for the West Coast. Also, with the uptick in all the live streaming events, we have聽our fingers crossed for other major events to follow the trend 鈥 like the Golden Globes, the Emmys, the Tonys, the MTV Video Music Awards and so much more.聽No matter what happens with this trend, we are never, ever getting back together with a cable provider, so we鈥檒l be giving聽Sling TV a shot.

Are you a cord-cutter and totally into the emerging legal live stream trend? Let us know in the comments.聽

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