The 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards is letting fans vent their anger on social media — only this year, it has nothing to do with the nominees or the performers (Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Kelly Clarkson are set to take the stage). Instead, it is due to a new change in the broadcast of the annual event. This year, the Country Music Awards show is moving to streaming — instead of airing on ABC, NBC or CBS — which it has done since its first televised event in 1972. And let’s just say, long-time viewers are not satisfied.
The Academy of Country Music has teamed up with Amazon Prime to broadcast the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday, March 7 with the legendary Dolly Parton hosting. The only problem is, unlike years past when viewers could tune in to their local network for free to attend the festival and cheer on their favorite country music stars, this year, any hopeful viewers will have to have a Prime Video subscription to do so. And while $8.99/month for a subscription might not seem like much to many, for many others, it’s enough to resist tuning in.
“You are breaking the hearts of your millions of fans by not getting the ACM Awards on one of the regular television stations!!! Not everyone has prime video!!!!!! We have been loyal followers of yours for a long time,” commented one devastated fan. Facebook.
“But I think it stinks [it’s] Not television, not fair… not everyone has access to Amazon Prime Video… or many people can’t afford it,” wrote another fan.
As annoying as this change may be, the good news is that you can sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime Video trial. If, after tuning into ACM, you decide it’s not for you, simply cancel your membership and enjoy the trial until it expires without fear of monthly charges from there.
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