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Tonight's presidential debate: start time, schedule, and streaming

Tonight’s presidential debate face-off between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is expected to be not only one of the most-watched debates in history, but a major television event in its own right. The event will, of course, be a major presence on traditional TV — but if you’re a cord-cutter, you’ll still have plenty of ways to tune in this time around.

The debate kicks off at 9PM ET tonight at Hofstra University, and will run for a commercial-free 90 minutes. Here’s a rundown of where to watch.

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Several web services cut deals this year with traditional broadcasters to bring the debate online, so you have a range of options in how you want to tune in.

Facebook will be broadcasting ABC News’ coverage of the event through Facebook Live, and you can expect to see other organizations making their coverage available there as well.

Twitter has similarly partnered with Bloomberg TV for full coverage of the debates, and will make the stream available at debates.twitter.com.

One more option: YouTube, which will provide live-streaming coverage from multiple news organizations. That list includes NBC NewsPBSFox NewsThe Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Telemundoaccording to the service.

(Not quite a live stream, but Snapchat has also promised to follow along with a Live Story.)

Other streaming options

If, for some reason, you’d prefer another service, you won’t have too hard of a time finding a way to watch. Several news organizations have promised to carry live streams of the debate on their websites. Those sites include The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, Politico, BuzzFeed, CNN, and The Huffington Post.

TV options

Should you choose the traditional TV route, the debate is being broadcast on all major TV news networks, including NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC, Univision, C-SPAN, and CNN.

Virtual reality

If you want a more (possibly over-) immersive experience for this debate, NBC has also teamed up with Altspace VR to launch a virtual reality stream of the debate.


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