Cordcutters, take heart: Your lack of television need not keep you from watching tonight’s New Year’s Eve festivities.
Times Square, that most famous of NYE venues, will broadcast its ball drop in real time on LiveStream from 5:55 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. If you’re on the go, organizers are also offering mobile apps for iPhone and Android. The app includes a countdown to the ball drop and tweets from @timessquareball, which is apparently a thing.
Here we go again. “We need you to rehearse.” Seriously, 100+ years, I got this. Watching The View.
— Times Square Ball (@timessquareball) December 31, 2013
The real celebration to watch, however, might be Dubai, where organizers have promised to set off 450,000 fireworks from more than 150 launch points — an attempt at the Guinness World Record for largest fireworks display. This being the country that also brought you palm-shaped artificial islands and the world’s tallest building, the spectacle should be pretty good. It will stream live on YouTube at 3:00 p.m. EST.
For all other cities, the webcam network Earthcam has you covered: They have nearly 50 webcams trained on skylines from Sydney to Sao Paolo, which means you can theoretically watch 2014 start somewhere in the world just about every hour. The webcams are a bit lo-fi — and in Kuala Lumpur, at least, where it’s currently a bit after midnight, the awkwardly angled cameras caught a whole lot of nothing when the New Year struck. Fortunately Bangkok’s New Year is, as of this writing, only an hour away.