How to Watch the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on Roku in 2021

Last Updated on October 25, 2021 by Mark Roberts

New Year’s Eve is incomplete without watching the Live New York Ball Drop. However, due to the pandemic, the New Year’s Eve celebrations now happen virtually. And although you cannot crowd at Times Square, you can celebrate New Year’s Eve and witness the Ball Drop from your couch.

Yes, there are several ways to watch Times Square Ball Drop virtually. This article breaks down all the techniques to watch New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on Roku. Find them below!

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Watch New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on Roku


Various streaming channels on Roku broadcast the Live Ball Drop. If you want to watch the event on any of these channels, you only need to install the channel and activate it (if required). Below is the list of channels that stream Times Square Ball Drop.

Watch the Ball Drop on ABC Live for Free on The Roku Channel


The first way to watch Ball Drop on Roku is on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show. This show begins at 8 pm ET on ABC and ABC Live channels. You can watch the show on Roku using The Roku Channel.

NBC’s New Year’s Eve:


NBC’s New Year’s Eve Live show kicks off at 10 pm ET on the NBC channel and NBC App. With a cable TV subscription, you can stream the NBC channel on Roku directly. Alternatively, you can stream NBC using other streaming services like AT&T TV Now, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue.

CNNgo New Year’s Eve:


On CNNgo, the New Year’s Eve program is hosted by celebrities like Christina Aguilera, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, etc. The show goes live at 8 pm ET on CNN and CNNgo channels. You can watch it on Roku via a Hulu with Live TV, DIRECTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, etc., subscription.

DIRECTV NOW


DIRECTV Now (aka AT&T TV Now) has a wide range of channels that stream Times Square Ball Drop. If you are an existing DIRECTV Now member, you can navigate to CNN, NBC, FOX, or ABC channels to watch the program. If you are new, you need to purchase its monthly subscription at $69.99.

Hulu with Live TV


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If you don’t have a cable TV subscription, you can opt for Hulu with Live TV to watch the Times Square Ball Drop. As a Hulu member, you can watch the show live on the ABC News channel at no extra cost! The channel is available as a standalone app on Roku and gives access to various other programs along with the Ball Drop.

YouTube TV


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The YouTube Originals Channel also streams the Live Ball Drop from 10:30 pm ET. You can watch the event on this channel or stream Ball Drop on channels like ABC, NBC, or CNN via the YouTube TV app on Roku TV. The subscription would cost you $64.99 per month.

Sling TV


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Sling TV users can watch the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop using their Sling subscription on Roku. However, note that Sling TV doesn’t have the ABC News channel. So, you will have to watch the show on other channels like FOX, NBC, or CNN.

PlayStation Vue


Like other streaming services, if you own a PlayStation 4, you can watch the live Ball Drop. The PlayStation Vue subscription that costs $39 a month broadcasts Ball Drop using the ABC News and NBC channels. So, you can view the live events by streaming channels using your PS Vue.

TBS


Cable TV subscribers will get to watch the Times Square Ball Drop on the TBS channel. The show airs from 11 pm ET and ends at around 12:30 am ET.

Wrapping Up


Whether you have a cable TV subscription or not, you can watch New Year’s Ball Drop virtually at Times Square. All you need is to get any of these channels on your Roku device. Once you have the channel ready, you have to select and play the show!

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