LOS ANGELES – For $ 5.99, you can catch up with Oscar-nominated films like Star was born, Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book on TV this weekend, online streaming services.

But first you have to dive into the unusual variety of video formats and device rules – and it's better for you to watch it fast. Your $ 5.99 buys you only 48 hours to start a movie and finish it. (So ​​if you like to stretch the view, you're not lucky.)

Most movies are available on demand video on YouTube (which offers movies for a fee, outside of all these free video clips), Amazon Prime Video, VUDU, FandangoNOW and Google Play . But not all. More about this in a minute.

2. Best Actor & nbsp; & nbsp; & bull; Estimated Winner: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody (odds ratio 42%) & nbsp; & nbsp; & bull; Also probable: Christian Bale – Deputy (21% chance) & nbsp; & nbsp; & bull; Running: Viggo Mortensen – Green Book (odds of 16%) & nbsp; & nbsp; & bull; Dark Horse: Bradley Cooper – Born Star (Chance 14%) & nbsp; & nbsp; & bull; Long shot: Willem Defoe – At the Gates of Eternity (odds of 7%) & nbsp; & nbsp; The image of Queen Freddie Mercury's frontman, Rami Malek, has already brought him both a golden globe and an award for the Cinema Actors Guild. The overwhelming majority of the actors who won the award SAG, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, also won an Oscar. & nbsp; & nbsp; READ: 40 places for young people are moving (Photo 11: Fascinated by the twentieth century)

The Oscars award ceremony is held on Sunday at ABC from 20:00. ET / 5:00 PT and also available through ABC, or alternative cable services such as YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and SlingTV.

-Netflix, subscriber service number 1, has four of the films published by Oscar, available to participants without paying an additional fee: Roma, Black Panther, Ballad of Buster Scruggs and The Incredibles 2 . (Netflix may become the first streamer to win Oscar for the best picture for Roma, which would be a pretty sharp change in Hollywood.)

– Amazon Video, which is the main current rival Netflix, does not have any 2019 academies. The award winners are available for streaming to its members $ 119 annually. The first service is still. The Cold War which is the best foreign film, will be on service on March 22.

Amazon, however, offers many of the best nominated films for a fee. The share of the course is $ 5.99 for many applicants. Some of them are even more expensive. Amazon charges $ 19.99 to view the animation nominee Ralph Breaks on the Internet, but has First Reformed which is for a better original script, for just 99 cents.

17. Best song & nbsp; & nbsp; & bull; Estimated Winner: Shallow – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, et al. – Born Star (odds of 73%) & nbsp; & nbsp; & bull; Also probable: All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar, SZA – Black Panther (chances of 10%) & nbsp; & nbsp; & bull; In the program: The place where lost things go – Returns Mary Popins (odds of 6%) & nbsp; & nbsp; & bull; In control: When a cowboy sells his spurs for a wing – Ballad of Buster Scruggs (odds of 6%) & nbsp; & nbsp; & bull; Long shot: I will fight – Diana Warren, Jennifer Hudson – RBG (odds of 5%) & nbsp; & nbsp; "Shallow", written by Lady Gaga and co-authors, is very committed to winning the Best Original Song. The song has already won the Golden Globe for the best original song and two grammars for a better performance duo / group performance and the best songs written for visual media. (Photo 11: WARNER BROS.)

Follow the odd rules.

Bohemian Rhapsody, for example, is available in HD format on YouTube. However, if you want to see the Queen rock band's 4K ultra high resolution, you have not much choice. You will need to watch the latest Sony or Samsung 4K TVs, or you will need to go to the Chromecast Ultra streaming device at $ 69.99. Ultra connects to the TV and asks you to browse through the smartphone application for "continuous" movie playback to the TV.

VUDU, a service owned by Walmart, offers movies in HD format, "HDX", which is slightly higher, and UHD 4K. But on VUDU, the born star is only available on HDX, while Rhapsody streams in HD, HDX and UHD, all for $ 5.99.

FandangoNOW A service from a company that sells online tickets offers Born in 4K, as well as Apple – but only if you own an Apple TV 4K $ 179.99 top box, a model that costs $ 30 more than the entry-level Apple TV box. If you watch a movie on your iPhone or iPad, Cooper and Gaga are in 1080p HD.

And on Amazon, which has many movies available for video on demand, there is not a single star . However, he offers Oscars for a variety of prices: RBG (best bidder for a documentary film about the Supreme Court of Justice Ruth Bader Ginzburg) for $ 2.99, Wife Close) for $ 4.99 and best photo candidate Favorite for $ 14.99. But the rules of use are ripe for change. The studios should not force us to jump over the hoops to see the films in 4K. How difficult would it be to have a single viewing policy?

Happy viewing, and Oscar winners luck.

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