Presidential debate 2020: How to watch Trump vs Biden online

Final presidential debate live stream: Trump vs Biden
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Final presidential debate start time, TV Channels

The final Trump vs Biden debate starts at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT today Thursday, Oct. 22.
It will end at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT.
It's on the major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC), plus cable news networks including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

The final presidential debate of Trump vs Biden is here, and it's probably gonna be as chaotic as the first. This was supposed to be the last of three debates, but the second debate was canceled after President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 and his campaign refused to hold it virtually. 

The two candidates, Trump and former vice president Joe R. Biden, are set to take the debate stage at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The final presidential debate will run for 90 minutes with no commercial breaks, and it will be moderated by Kristen Welker, an NBC News White House correspondent and co-anchor of Weekend Today.

The debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments on topics chosen by the moderator: fighting covid-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership.

Trump's campaign has complained that this debate was supposed to focus on foreign policy, but the head of the Commission on Presidential Debates has denied that.

The first debate featured near-constant interruptions where Trump talked over both Biden and moderator Chris Wallace. This time, the commission has instituted a new rule to mute the microphone of the other candidate during their two-minute opening statements at the start of each segment. Afterward, both mics will be on for open discussion.

How to watch the final presidential debate from anywhere on Earth

If you're away from home, and unable to use the services you already pay for, you don't have to miss the final presidential debate between Trump vs Biden. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the debate from wherever you go.

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How to watch the final presidential debate live stream in the U.S.

The final debate between Trump vs Biden is taking place today (Thursday, October 22) from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET.

It will be air on all four major broadcast networks ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as top cable news channels CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, and MSNBC. You'll need a live TV service to watch along on those channels. 

Our top choices are Sling TV and FuboTV. Sling is less expensive, but its local channel coverage only includes NBC and Fox (in select regions). Meanwhile, Fubo has over 120 channels, including all broadcast networks and dozens of top cable brands. 

Sling TV

Sling TV is offering a three-day free trial to see all that the streaming service has to offer. The Sling Blue package costs $30 and includes more than 50 channels, including NBC and Fox in select markets. The lineup also has CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.


Fubo.TV is a great alternative to a cable package. With the Family Plan ($65 per month), you get over 90 channels, including local broadcast networks and top cable channels like CNN, Fox News, AMC, E!, HGTV,  ESPN, Syfy and Paramount Network. 

How to watch the final presidential debate in Canada, UK and Australia

Viewers around the world can watch the final presidential debate live stream for free on various YouTube channels, such as C-SPAN's YouTube channel.

The Roku Channel will have the debate on ABC News, Cheddar, Newsy and other channels. 

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.