Clinton vs. Trump Presidential Debate Start Time & Streaming Info

presidential_debate_1280Tonight’s 1st presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republication nominee Donald Trump is expected to get massive ratings, and may even surpass the number of viewers by percentage of the first ever televised presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960.

The debate between Clinton and Trump begins at 9 p.m ET / 6 p.m. PT tonight from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Hosted by Lester Holt, the scheduled event will run for 90 minutes commercial free.

Here’s how you can watch on TV or stream.

Traditional Television

Because the event is public domain, viewers can watch the Presidential Debate on traditional television through several major networks including ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, as well as news-focused channels C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and Spanish-language Univision.


If you’re away from your TV set there are plenty of streaming options to stream the debate. Most network’s internet channels will stream the event on their browser-based web pages or app channels once authenticated with a TV service provider account. (There will probably be options for not authenticating a service as well.)

Social Media

Social media platforms will also be streaming the event through network partners. Facebook has partnered with ABC to broadcast the debate through Facebook Live. Twitter has partnered with Bloomberg TV to stream the event at And, YouTube will offer multiple live-streams of the event through Bloomberg, Fox News, NBC News, PBS, Telemundo, and The Washington Post.

Keep in mind these are just the major services to stream the 1st 2016 presidential debate. There are many other options including international channels, apps, and websites that may also be streaming the event.

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