Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Where To Watch The Presidential Debates Online

Tonight marks the kick off the 2012 presidential debates with President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney engaging in an 1.5-hour discussion to be held from 9-10:30 p.m. EST at the University of Denver in Colorado. For those who can't catch the debates on TV, or like me like to stay glued to the computer so we can engage in our own debates on Twitter or chat with friends on Facebook there are plenty of Internet-based options so you won't have to miss a single sound bite.


Google's media service will be live-streaming the presidential and vice presidential debates for the first time via its Elections Hub, as well as on the ABC News YouTube channel. The YouTube Election hub will also include commentary and analysis from media partners like ABC News, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, Larry King, The New York Times, Phil DeFranco, Univision, and the Wall Street Journal. Univision will offer a version of the debates translated into Spanish, live, and all coverage will be archived to


Ustream will livestream the debate via PBS NewsHour and CBS News. For those of you that might be looking for something a bit different, various Ustream channels will offer other options, including coverage of protests outside the debate halls, commentary from "Show Interrupted's" Hooter Girls, a drinking debate livestream and other debate panels.

Comcast Xfinity Customers

The cable company has launched Election Central for Xfinity TV, which will provide 24/7 live-breaking news, event coverage, speeches and both the presidential and vice presidential debates, as well as on-demand campaign-related videos. Customers can stream CNN's debate coverage live online at and through the CNN app. All the debates will also be available the next day via Xfinity On Demand,, and the Xfinity TV apps.

Microsoft/Xbox Live

Microsoft is inviting Xbox Live subscribers to watch the debates live via the game console and participate in interactive polls about the candidates' responses and views. Xbox live users can submit poll questions on Twitter by using the hashtag #XboxPoll.


C-SPAN is building an online "debate hub," similar to the hubs it provided for convention coverage.
C-SPAN's hub will feature livestreams, separated clips of each question and answer, behind-the-scenes footage and social engagement on the #cspan2012 Twitter hashtag.


NPR will livestream each debate -- including analysis and fact-checking liveblogs --online and on its mobile apps.


Twitter fans, while the site won't be live streaming any of the debate they have setup a page to help us cut through some of the clutter for this years debate with the Twitter hastage #Debates page The page features some tweets with insider perspective from journalists, politicians and other well know public figures.

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