It’s hard to believe that a new president is about to be voted in. What’s even harder to believe is that it’s time for the debates that will undoubtedly decide which nominee will become that president. The first debate happens on Monday, September 26, with the remaining two in October.
If you’re a cord cutter you’re probably already considering your strategy if you want to watch the debates. The good news is that since they are going to be on every local channel and most cable news networks, you’ll have plenty of options. It should go without saying that you can watch on your TV using a digital antenna, but if you want to watch the debates online there are ways you can do that for free, as well.
1. Watch on Sling TV
Sling TV normally costs about $20 a month, but you can utilize the free trial and this will give you time to watch at least one of the debates this way for free. If you’re watching the debate with Sling TV, the best channel option you’ll have is CNN.
The upside here is that Sling TV works on most streaming devices, which means you can watch whenever and wherever you want. After you watch the debate, you can cancel your trial with the click of a button. You can learn all about Sling TV here.
2. PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue is similar to Sling TV, but you will have more debate channels to choose from. Packages begin at $30 and go up from there, but like Sling TV, you get a free trial, which will allow you to watch at least one debate for free.
Eligible debate channels include CNN, FOX News, and MSNBC. If you live in select cities like New York and Chicago, you can also watch the debate on local channels. The downside here is that Vue can’t be used outside of the home due to mobile restrictions.
3. CBS All Access
If CBS is your favorite network, you can watch the debate on CBS using CBS All Access. This streaming service offers strictly CBS content. Packages begin at $5.99 a month, but you get the first week free. You can watch CBS All Access on most devices.
80% of the country is able to watch CBS All Access in live streaming, but if you can’t, they have an on-demand library so the debate would become available shortly after it airs. Like with the other methods, you can cancel online, so it’s a quick and easy process.
4. Watch the Debate on Facebook
All three of the presidential debates and the lone VP debate will be available on Facebook thanks to ABC News.
Along with the debate, there will be a before and after commentary and it won’t cost a cent to watch. The correspondents who will be handling the debate coverage include LZ Granderson, Amna Nawaz, Matthew Dowd, and Dan Harris.
5. Don’t Forget About Twitter
Another good, free option is to watch the debates on Twitter. Like Facebook, they all will be aired courtesy of Bloomberg News.
There will be before and after debate coverage, along with the entire debate being shown for free. The benefit here is that you don’t have to do anything special. If you’ve got an account, all you need to do is sign on. Want to watch on your TV? Twitter now has an app for that too.
Remember the debates are on:
- September 26, 2016: Hofstra University in Hampstead, NY
- October 9, 2016: Washington University in St. Louis, MO
- October 19, 2016: The University of Nevada in Las Vegas, NV
There are other free ways that you’ll be able to watch the debates online – these are just the best ones. Enjoy the debates and may the best candidate win (let’s not get into who that might be right now…)