Apple Watch event: how to livestream the 'Spring Forward' special launch event

Bad luck if you don’t have an Apple device — though there is a workaround — but The Independent be liveblogging if you can’t get to a stream

Apple is set to launch its smartwatch tonight, livestreaming the event for those looking to get the first proper glimpse at how the Apple Watch will work.

The company is expected to properly launch the watch — confirming the price and release dates, as well as other details — at the “Spring Forward” event, which begins at 5pm UK time.

The event will be live streamed at Apple’s page for live events. (You can also add the event to your calendar there, if you need a reminder.)

But that page will only work for people with Apple devices — using Safari either on Macs or iOS.

The stream can also be watched on the Apple TV, which has a devoted channel for Apple events. The button appeared this morning — it can be accessed in the same way as other apps such as Netflix — though the video is not yet live.

If you want to watch but don’t have access to an Apple device, workarounds can sometimes be found. VLC Player sometimes allows users to watch by opening up the feed within the player — though whether that will work will be unclear until the event actually happens.

To do so, download the VLC app and click to "Open Network Stream". Then post this link, which is the one that the Apple TV uses to play its stream: http://p.events-delivery.apple.com.edgesuite.net/1503ohibasdvoihbasfdv/m3u8/atv_mvp.m3u8.

If that doesn’t work and you want to keep up with the event, The Independent will be liveblogging and covering the event from before it starts until way after it finishes. The liveblog has begun, where all of our coverage throughout the day will be collected.

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