As November creeps closer and closer, the American populace’s minds race about the upcoming presidential election. Thoughts such as, “How did this happen?”, “Where are the real candidates?” and “When will the Old One Cthulhu engulf the universe in entropic void and end the madness?” have no easy answers.
Fortunately, if your pressing inquiry was, “How can I watch the Presidential debates online?”, that has two very simple and straightforward solutions.
CNN Money broke the news about two separate online livestreams for the presidential debates: one on Twitter and one on Facebook Live. If you were hoping about breaking out of the traditional media paradigm by taking the coverage online, though, you may want to curb your enthusiasm. Bloomberg will be behind the Twitter coverage, while ABC will take charge on Facebook Live.
Watching either one is extremely simple. When the debates take place, simply navigate to Bloomberg’s Twitter account or ABC’s Facebook page, and the company will be sure to provide links to the live debate coverage. (Probably a great deal of them, with questionably clever captions.) Use a Web browser on your computer, or an app on your mobile device.
If you were hoping to watch the proceedings on a TV, the process is a little bit more complicated, but not much. Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox One all offer Twitter apps, so if you have one of those devices, just tune into Bloomberg’s coverage. If not, consider investing in a screen-mirroring device, which will broadcast whatever’s on your phone or tablet right to your TV screen.
Each debate will take place at 9 PM ET. The first will be on Monday, Sept. 26 at Hofstra University; the second, Sunday, Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis; the third, Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. There will also be a vice presidential debate on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Longwood University, for the five or six people who consider a tête-à-tête between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence to be must-watch TV.