What some are saying could be the greatest political show on Earth, around 100 million Americans will be glued to their televisions tonight to watch rivals Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take the gloves off.
An audience some say will surpass that of the Super Bowl will be in front of televisions, smart phones and social media when these two presidential hopefuls go at it and (hopefully) debate the important issues at 9 pm ET, (8:00 p.m. Central time)
The debate, which will be moderated by NBC News anchor Lester Holt and hosted by Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. marks a rare shared experience for a country deeply divided along political lines and fragmented in the media.
Among the many networks who will be broadcasting the debate, you can also watch tonight’s debate below when it airs.
And while every broadcast network will be airing the debate commercial-free, cordcutters might be wondering how to watch without a traditional TV connection.
Thankfully, cordcutters have a vast array of options to watch the debates this season, such as though listed below.
- YouTube is livestreaming the debate in partnership with NBC.
- YouTube is also livestreaming the debate in partnership with theWashington Post.
- And, last but not least, YouTube is livestreaming the debate in partnership with Bloomberg Politics.
Twitter is livestreaming Bloomberg TV’s coverage at debates.twitter.comstarting at 8:30pm ET.
Facebook is partnering with ABC News to bring a livestream of the debateto viewers. All of the questions for the first debate will come from NBC and the producers hosting the event, but Facebook is helping to collect questions for the next debate on October 9th at Washington University in St. Louis, which will be hosted by Martha Raddatz from ABC News and Anderson Cooper from CNN. But remember, Facebook is not a media company.
PBS Newshour will also have a Facebook livestream which will be followed by a half hour of analysis.
AltspaceVR – Virtual Reality
Do you want to watch the debate in virtual reality? Well, that’s an option.AltspaceVR has partnered with NBC News to bring a virtual reality experience to the debate, which will purportedly allow you to experience the event “with people around the world.” If that sounds like an enjoyable use of your time and you have a Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift, you can check out AltspaceVR for more info about how to join. There’s a 2D “virtual reality” experience available, but it’s unclear why you’d bother.
If you have a cable subscription, but would rather watch one of the cable networks on one of your devices, that’s an option as well. Let’s call these the “half-cord” options. All of these options require a cable subscription to login.
- You can watch CNN Go on your iPhone or iPad, Android, and Windows Phone.
- You can fire up the CNN mobile apps for Kindle Fire and Windows 10.
- Or you can watch using the CNN app for Apple TV and Roku.
Fox News Half-Cord
- You can watch Fox News on your iPhone or iPad, and Android.
- You can fire up the Fox News mobile apps for Kindle Fire andWindows 10.
- Or you can watch using the Fox News app for Apple TV and Roku.