The United States is hurtling toward another presidential election. On the off chance that you haven’t already had your fill of political wheeling and dealing after the GOP convention, the Democrats have got you covered. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is slated to become the Democratic Party's next presidential nominee at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, which will take place in Philadelphia from July 25 to 28.
If you have a cable or satellite subscription, tuning in is as simple as finding a 24/7 news station that will, in all likelihood, prop up your side while demonizing the other guy, or vice versa. Otherwise, finding free coverage online is fairly simple, although we can't promise that your time wouldn't be better spent watching old "Star Trek” reruns or whittling a donkey out of a very large stick.
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Each of the four days will feature a different theme and featured speakers. You can check the Democratic National Convention's website forthe full schedule, but here are a few highlights:
Monday (July 25): United Together (Beginning at 3 p.m. EDT)
Michelle Obama, first lady of the United States
Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), senator and former presidential candidate
Tuesday (July 26): A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families (Beginning at 4 p.m. EDT)
Bill Clinton, former president of the United States
Wednesday (July 27): Working Together (Starting at 4:30 p.m. EDT)
Barack Obama, president of the United States
Joe Biden, vice president of the United States
Thursday (July 28): Stronger Together (Starting at 4:30 p.m. EDT)
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee
Democratic National Convention Website
If you're going to watch the Democratic National Convention unfold on your computer, why not go straight to the donkey's mouth and check out the convention's website? The page currently has a section where you can "Watch Live.” There’s nothing there yet, there will be as soon as the events get underway. While you may not be able to watch on a mobile device or a streaming box, if you want a second stream at work or don't mind setting up a laptop in the living room, you may find this to be the easiest solution.
Twitter / CBS News
Twitter and CBS News made a deal to stream both the Republican and Democratic conventions, and the two companies aren't likely to renege on their bargain halfway through. Both Twitter and CBS News are available in web or app form through computers, mobile devices, streaming players and game consoles, meaning that this is a free and easy way to watch the convention on almost any platform you choose. Finding the stream will be easy as well; simply open one of the apps and check the front page.
You can find just about anything on Google's streaming video service, and that includes conventions to decide the political future of the United States. YouTube will host free streams for both the Democratic and Republican conventions, and both will be available live. Even if you miss the highlights, the Democrats will be gathering prerecorded footage on the convention'sYouTube channel, so you can go back and watch at any time on a computer, mobile device, streaming player or game console.
Twitch.tv is not just for video games anymore. To keep users politically engaged, the powers that be at Twitch have decided to cover both the Republican and Democratic conventions, also allowing streamers to host the events on their own channels. If you've always wanted to try your hand at being a political pundit, this is your chance. Who knows? You may rack up some loyal viewers who will come back to watch game streams. Twitch is available on computers, mobile devices, streaming players and game consoles.