After more than a year of campaigning, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will finally share the stage Monday, September 29th, 2016, night in Hempstead, New York for the first of three US presidential debates. NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will moderate.
Media observers expect the highly anticipated showdown to break ratings records, perhaps topping 100 million viewers. It will be broadcast on a multitude of television networks and streamed for free on news sites and social media platforms.
It will begin at 9 pm eastern time, last about 90 minutes, and will run commercial free.
The debate will be broadcast on the following channels in the US:
If you subscribe to a standard cable-TV package, you probably get all of these channels, so just pick your favorite. Most networks will begin coverage hours before the debate and continue long into the night, hours after the debate ends.
Those without TV have plenty of options, too. These social media platforms will stream the debate live:
- Facebook (with ABC News coverage)
- Twitter or Twitter (with Bloomberg coverage)
- YouTube (with coverage from PBS, Fox News, Telemundo, Bloomberg, and Washington Post)
Also, Snapchat will host a live “Live Story.”
- CBS News
- Daily Caller
- Fox News
- Huffington Post
- Wall Street Journal
Monday’s presidential debate might be the most widely accessible televised event in history. Whether you’re a cord-cutter, a cord-never, or a cable loyalist, you’ll have several options. Check out debates.org for an even longer list.
Still, there’s one more alternative.
How to watch in virtual reality
NBC is partnering with AltspaceVR to broadcast the debate in virtual reality. Anyone with the Altspace VR app on Occulus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, or HTC Vive can watch and pretend they’re in the room with Clinton and Trump.
Be careful—it could get ugly in there.
And make sure you’re registered to vote!