The 2016 presidential debates between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump will be, without a doubt, the easiest debates to watch online, ever.
If you plan on being anywhere near the internet during the three debates, you will likely stumble upon them without our help. The options this year are so vast, however, that you may not realize your social network du jour probably has its own livestream. Here’s our guide to following the debates online.
All of the debates start at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific) and last 90 minutes.
Debate 1: Monday, September 26 at Hofstra University Vice Presidential Debate: Tuesday, October 4 at Longwood University Debate 2: Sunday, October 9 at Washington University Debate 3: Wednesday, October 19 at the University of Nevada
Streaming boxes and consoles
- Apple TV: See above YouTube channels and the ABC News app. More options here.
- Roku: Via the ABC News, Bloomberg, and CBS apps. See Roku’s full guide here.
- Chromecast: See above YouTube channels.
- Xbox: See above YouTube channels and the ABC News app.
- PS4: See above YouTube channels.
- Amazon Fire TV: Via the Bloomberg app.
- Android TV: See above YouTube channels and the Bloomberg app.
Directly from news orgs
NBC and social virtual reality company AltspaceVR will stream the debates in VR for owners of HTC’s Vive, Facebook’s Oculus, and Samsung’s GearVR — and in a 2D mode for Windows PCs. You can download AltspaceVR’s apps here.
For the moment, just Trump and Clinton (and their vice presidential nominees). The Commission on Presidential Debates has so far excluded Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein from the debates, based on their low national polling numbers.
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Corrected 8:16 p.m. PT: The first debate is on Sept. 26, not Sept. 28.
Updated Sept. 26 with additional links to streams