Okay, okay, this is FANTASTIC news! For those of you who can’t make it to Celebration (like me), what you’re about to read will introduce you to the next best thing…
According to the Star Wars website, StarWars.com and Verizon Wireless will be live-streaming the events of Star Wars Celebration on the internet!
Here’s the word from the official announcement:
"“Launching with a live stream of the highly-anticipated kickoff panel featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, the StarWars.com Celebration live stream powered by Verizon will continue providing coverage throughout the four-day event from a specially-designed Star Wars Cantina set located in the middle of the action on the convention floor.Verizon and StarWars.com will deliver 30-plus hours of live streamed content following Thursday’s Celebration kickoff, featuring over a dozen panels and events, including discussions with actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, and several other performers associated with the Star Wars saga. Additionally, StarWars.com and Verizon will be live streaming the Star Wars Fan Film Awards; the Smuggler’s Bounty radio drama; EA’s new Battlefront videogame; and several other exclusive Celebration events that might otherwise be missed by members from Star Wars’ global fan community.”"
Also, between the live events, the Star Wars Cantina will be hosting some live interviews with special celebrity guests. The interviews will have a “fun, variety show flavor to them that brings a bit of the Star Wars Celebration vibe to those enjoying the event from afar.”
Clips from Star Wars Celebration exclusive to Verizon customers will also be available on demand.
Live Celebration footage will also be available on YouTube, per this tweet from Lucasfilm’s Manager of Digital Content and Community Relations, Matt Martin:
This is shaping up to be the biggest Star Wars Celebration in history, and it’s wonderful that the team at Lucasfilm is doing its best to make the convention experience available to everyone, even those who can’t attend. I know that I am going to be keeping up with the live stream events as best I can.
Also, I just have to say this: YEAHOOO!