At the end of 2021, Times Square will ring in 2022 closer to the way it has since the dawn of 1908, with at least some number of revelers present. Although some broadcast plans have been canceled—the planned show on Fox will no longer air—there are still plenty of ways to stream the Times Square Ball drop this year.
Times Square Online
One Times Square, the home of the Times Square Ball, offers the chance to enter a Times Square metaverse via a desktop and mobile app. There are games, a virtual Times Square, and live streams of various feeds of the Ball drop, starting at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.
For something less flashy, check out the straightforward live webcast on the Times Square website.
One of the longest-running New Year’s Eve traditions is ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which returns this year with longtime host Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest will be broadcasting from the reduced-capacity Times Square Ball drop, co-hosting with actress and online personality Liza Koshy.
Musical performers in Times Square will include LL Cool J, Chlöe, Journey, and Karol G. The show will also feature check-ins from other locations, including Los Angeles (hosted by pop singer Ciara), New Orleans (hosted by Pose‘s Billy Porter), and Puerto Rico (hosted by actress Roselyn Sánchez).
Subscribers to DirecTV Stream ($69.99+ per month), Fubo TV ($64.99+ per month after a three-day free trial), Hulu + Live TV ($69.99+ per month after a seven-day free trial), and YouTube TV ($64.99 per month after a 14-day free trial) can watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve starting at 8 p.m. local time as part of the live stream of their local ABC affiliate.
News network CNN will also continue its tradition of broadcasting live from Times Square. CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live will once again be hosted by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Bravo’s Andy Cohen, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Other CNN correspondents will check in from elsewhere in New York City as well as throughout the United States, from Las Vegas to Key West to Minneapolis to Puerto Rico.
Cooper and Cohen will introduce a musical performance by Katy Perry from her upcoming Las Vegas residency, and other scheduled special guests include William Shatner, Patti LaBelle, Duran Duran, Amanda Gorman, Cheri Oteri, and more.
Subscribers to DirecTV Stream ($69.99+ per month), Fubo TV ($64.99+ per month after a three-day free trial), Hulu + Live TV ($69.99+ per month after a seven-day free trial), YouTube TV ($64.99 per month after a 14-day free trial), and Sling TV ($35+ per month after a seven-day free trial) can watch CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live as part of the CNN live stream. If you have a cable television subscription, you can also stream the event on the CNNgo website or the CNN mobile app (from Google Play or App Store) after signing in with your cable credintials.