DNC 2020 live stream: How to watch the Democratic National Convention online

DNC 2020 live stream: How to watch the Democratic National Convention online
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Democratic National Convention start time, channel

The DNC airs from 9-11 p.m. ET every night, Monday, Aug. 17 through Thursday, Aug. 20 on most major news channels, YouTube and social media.

It's beyond easy to watch the Democratic National Convention and see DNC live streams, with more options for viewing online than ever. This week, it's finally time to watch as former vice president Joe Biden is formally nominated for the presidency, with California senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.

The Democratic National Convention will be the first virtual convention in history, due to safety and health regulations caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The convention was set to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but now speakers will appear via video feed and Biden and Harris will give their acceptance speeches from Wilmington, Delaware.

The DNC's four-day schedule boasts many party luminaries led by former president Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.

Celebrities and musicians are also set to appear, including Billie Eilish, John Legend, Common and the Chicks. 

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the Democratic National Convention online.

How to watch the Democratic National Convention anywhere, with a VPN

Just because American networks aren't available everywhere doesn't mean you need to miss the DNC speeches if you're away from home. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.

We've evaluated many options, and the best VPN is ExpressVPN. It meets the VPN needs of the vast majority of users, offering outstanding compatibility with most devices and impressive connection speeds. It's also affordable at $12.95 per month. (Signing up for longer periods of six months or a year reduces the cost even more.)


Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN, really shines thanks to its safety, speed and simplicity-to-use. It's also compatible with loads of devices - from iOS and Android to Roku, Apple TV and PlayStations. You'll even get an extra 3 months free if you sign up for a year, or there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you just want to give it a try.

How to watch the Democratic National Convention in the US

The three major broadcast networks — ABC, CBS and NBC — and Fox News will air the convention on all four nights form 10-11 p.m. ET. To watch the full program, from 9-11 p.m., tune into CNN, PBS, MSNBC or C-SPAN. 

For access to these channels, you'll need a digital antenna or a cable package. If you've already cut the cord, you can watch the DNC on live TV streaming services, including Sling TV, Fubo TV, Philo, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV and AT&T TV Now.

Of these options, we recommend Sling TV, which is $30 a month and offers more than 50 channels including CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.

Sling TV

Right now, you can try Sling TV for free for three days to see all that Sling Blue has to offer. That includes more than 50 channels, like CNN, Fox News and MSNBC as well as entertainment programming  on AMC, Bravo, FX, TLC and TNT.


Fubo.TV is one of the most comprehensive TV streaming services in the market. And it offers a 7-day free trial so you check out all of its features without paying up front. Fubo's channel lineup includes local channels like ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox (depending on region) as well as top news networks such as CNN and Fox News.

The DNC will also be available to stream online at the DNC website and on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch

Peacock users can watch free live coverage and analysis of the DNC with Chuck Todd on the NBC News NOW channel beginning at 8 p.m. ET, followed by 10 p.m. primetime special. 

How to watch Democratic National Convention in Canada or the UK

Canadians who want to keep up with the DNC can watch at the DNC website or on the DNC app available on Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV. If you want to use the live TV service you already subscribe to, you'll need ExpressVPN.

Democratic National Convention schedule of speakers


9 p.m.
Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Representative Jim Clyburn, Representative Gwen Moore, and Senator Doug Jones
Performers: Maggie Rogers and Leon Bridges

10 p.m.
Senator Bernie Sanders and former first lady Michelle Obama


9 p.m.
Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY), former Secretary of State John Kerry, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Delaware Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, former President Bill Clinton

10 p.m.
Delegate roll call, Dr. Jill Biden


9 p.m.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, former Rep.  Gabrielle Giffords
Performers: Billie Eilish, Jennifer Hudson

10 p.m.
California Sen. Kamala Harris, former President Barack Obama


9 p.m.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former South Bend (IN) Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang
Performers: The Chicks

10 p.m.
Former Vice President Joe Biden

Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.