Watch The Ball Drop Live Online – New Years Count Down 2009

By Daria Belov

It’s New Years Eve 2009 and hopefully you’ve got your jello shot recipes complete, and are ready to watch Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest host the world’s biggest party, streamed live from Times Square in New York City. While New Year’s is celebrated throughout the world, cities like Sydney, London, Chicago, Montréal, Las Vegas, and of course New York City, host extravagant events. This years Times Square Rockin’ New Year’s special has reportedly been scaled back, but the 2009 New Year’s ball will still drop, and you can watch it live on TV and over the Internet.

Mounted Police on Horse in Times Square - New York City(photo: Times Square lights and mounted police in New York City – credit: Stewart)

For those tuning in to watch the ball drop live on TV, Dick Clark’s hosted rockin’ New Year’s Eve will be on ABC television. The 3 1/2 hour live extravaganza includes musical performances from Jesse McCartney, Pussycat Dolls, Fall Out Boy, Natasha Bedingfield, and others. For those with no television access or if you simply prefer to watch the ball drop live online, you have a few options. Times Square ball drop video will be streamed live by Hulu, MSN video, Earthcam (using multiple web cams), and others.

Video streaming service Hulu will be presenting live coverage of the New Year’s Eve festivities in New York City’s Times Square starting tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern time. If you have a flash player installed on your browser, you may be able to view that live stream right here. Check the Hulu website for more details.

Times Square 2008 - 2009 ball drop live
(photo: live streaming coverage of 2009 ball drop replaced with this screenshot from the event)
Viewers outside of the United States will probably be unable to watch Hulu’s coverage due to overseas licensing issues, but MSN will also have live video of the New Years Eve ball drop (MSN link for live ball drop video was dead and thus removed) and so will EarthCam. This is the 13th consecutive year EarthCam has been streaming audio and video from Times Square using multiple live web cams. Check out the 2009 New Year’s Eve EarthCam Coverage here.

The Times Square ball drop event and New Year’s rocking celebration is hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark. You’ll likely be asking… “How old is Dick Clark?” since he’s been in front of the cameras in Times Square for many decades. Dick Clark turned 79 in November, and while Ryan Seacrest handles most of the hosting activities, (Dick Clark experienced a stroke in December of 2004 and suffered right side body paralysis) New Year’s Eve in New York City would not be the same without an appearance by Dick Clark.

A New Years Eve countdown clock should be available on all of the live streaming sites, so get your Jell-O shots ready, tune in to ABC, or one of the three Times Square Ball Drop live streaming video feeds listed above, and ring in the new year 2009, with millions of others online. And while you’re online, while it’s not video, there is certain to be plenty of Happy New Year shouts and tweets of New Year’s Eve coming from twitter. For those online, this New Year’s Eve is sure to be one of many drunken tweets.

Please drink responsibly, don’t discharge handguns into the air (what goes up does come down and puts many innocent people at risk), and have a spectacular New Year’s Eve and 2009 new years day. @ 10:15 am | Article ID: 1230747357