The countdown has begun. It's time to watch the 2022 New Year's Eve ball drop live online, which you can do for free and without cable. Watching the ball drop in Times Square on television is a tradition for many people across the country and the world. And luckily for all of us, it's even easier in the streaming era.
A number of specials will broadcast a live look at the NYE ball drop, including the popular Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Other alternatives include Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party Hosted by Miley Cyrus & Pete Davidson and New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.
Here's the complete guide to how to watch the 2022 New Year's Eve ball drop online.
How to watch 2022 New Year's Eve ball drop live anywhere on Earth
Just because you're away from home doesn't mean you have to miss the 2022 New Year's Eve ball drop. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the specials from wherever you go.
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Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), really shines thanks to its safety, speed and simplicity-to-use. It's also compatible with loads of devices - from iOS and Android to Roku, Apple TV and PlayStations. You'll even get an extra 3 months free if you sign up for a year, or there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you just want to give it a try.
2022 New Year's Eve specials: Start times and channels
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022 (ABC)
Time: 8 p.m. ET/PT
Hosts: Ryan Seacrest, Liza Koshy, Jessie James Decker, Billy Porter, D-Nice, Ciara, Daddy Yankee and Roselyn Sanchez.
Performers: Karol G, Journey, Avril Lavigne & Travis Barker and Macklemore:
Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party Hosted by Miley Cyrus & Pete Davidson (NBC and Peacock)
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT
Hosts: Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson
Performers: Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Billie Joe Armstrong, Saweetie, Anitta, Jack Harlow, 24kGoldn, Kitty Ca$h
New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen (CNN)
Time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Hosts: Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen
Performers: Katy Perry, Patti LaBelle, Earth, Wind & Fire and Duran Duran
Watch CNN via Sling (opens in new tab)
New Year's Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash (CBS and Paramount Plus)
Time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Hosts: Bobby Bones and Rachel Smith
Performers: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Bryan
Sling and Fubo are two of our favorite cable TV alternatives that offer live TV streaming. They are great options if you want to cut the cord. Sling is cheaper, though Fubo comes with more channels. Both services are available on most, if not all, of the best streaming devices.
Fubo.TV (opens in new tab) is a great live TV service. With the Starter Plan ($65 per month), you get over 120 channels, including all the local broadcast networks and top cable brands.
How to watch 2022 New Year's Eve live stream for free
If you don't care about hosts or performers, you can watch the 2022 New Year's Eve live stream for FREE. It starts at 6 p.m ET on:
- TimesSquareNYC.org (opens in new tab)
- TimesSquareBall.net (opens in new tab)
- Facebook (opens in new tab)
- Twitter (opens in new tab)