How to Watch the Third (And Final) Clinton-Trump Presidential Debate
Third time’s the charm. Wednesday night’s presidential debate will be the last such contest between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, which means the actual election is deliciously close. They square off at 9 pm Eastern at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. We’ll have a reporter on the ground covering the debate in a live blog—complete with a live fact-check—beginning at 8pm ET. You’ll want to bookmark that, but you’ll also want to watch along. The good news is you can do so from pretty much anywhere.
Unlike the primary season debates, the three presidential debates will be simulcast across the major networks and cable channels. Pick one: ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, Univision, Telemundo, or C-SPAN. Chris Wallace of Fox News will moderate, if you want to stick with a home team. If you have cable or an antenna, this is your best bet to watch.
All of the networks and major cable outlets have an online presence, so of course they are streaming the debates along with digital-first outlets like Buzzfeed News, The Daily Caller, Huffington Post, Politico, and Yahoo. The Wall Street Journal will stream it too. Hulu will have it, but not until a day later. Cord-cutters, you’re covered.
Will Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube pass up this prime chance at engagement? They will not. Look for Facebook Live broadcasts from journalists and others on the scene. Twitter will use the same live streaming system it uses for Thursday night football, trading sacks for fact checks and leaning on Bloomberg for footage. The candidates won’t be wearing Specs, but Snapchat will compile Live Stories for bite-sized debate nuggets. YouTube will feature coverage from NBC News, PBS, Fox News, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Telemundo.
And don’t forget radio! NPR will be blasting out the debates every way it can, be it member stations, online, or through its NPROne app.
Regal Cinemas will be showing the debate for free at select theaters (it’s a long list), in case you watched the previous debates thinking, “I’d like this, but several stories high.” Bonus: Free small soft drink with any popcorn purchase, so you’ll have plenty to sip on and, when the mood strikes, throw at the screen.
Virtual Reality, But Don’t
NBC will stream the debate in 360 degrees through a partnership with AltspaceVR, including, no joke, a “virtual Al Roker.” The good news is that AltspaceVR has apps for all the major platforms, including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Gear VR. The bad news is that this is not a way that we recommend anyone watch a debate.
OK, you’re all set! It’s going to be easy to do your civic duty and watch the final presidential debate. As for what happens on that one uncle’s Facebook page afterward, you’re on your own.
A version of this story first appeared on September 26. It has been updated to reflect the specifics of the third debate.
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