When Sarah Palin and Joe Biden emerge from cramming for the vice-presidential debate on Thursday, it won’t be hard to find them on TV. But should you wish to tune in online, here are some places to watch them on the web, via live stream or via post-debate, on-demand video with commentary.
The debate starts at 9 p.m. EST on Oct. 2. MySpace has perhaps the best live-streaming resource, a dedicated “My Debates” site with live video that goes straight to the web rather than being affixed with a little logo for whichever news channel is pushing it through its TV system. It’s powered by Level 3. As for added value, the site features discussion groups, an issues quiz, and the usual MySpace forums and comments. MyDebates had an estimated 150,000 users for Friday’s presidential debate.
C-SPAN’s Debate Cam is powered by Mogulus (a tour of the tech setup from last week’s debate is embedded in the player above). Check C-SPAN’s Debate Hub for more resources and analysis, such as visuals from last week’s McCain-Obama debate showing who talked when, with the accompanying video and transcript, as well as this season’s hot new fashion accessory, a live Twitter stream.
Though oftentimes live streams don’t go up until they’re actually live (which makes sense, but also makes it harder to prepare), here are the normal pages for CNN’s live video feeds, Fox News’ live video feeds, and MSNBC’s video section, as well as CBS’s debate webcast page, and ABC’s live channel on Yahoo News. Zipityzap is a good way to dive straight to the live Internet television feeds.
Update: The New York Times will also offer a live video stream.
If you’re getting frustrated with going to the network sites or running into geoblocking or browser compatibility issues, there will most likely be regular people (“Joe Six-Pack,” as Palin would say) helping you out on sites like Ustream and Justin.tv. This Ustream channel had last week’s debate rebroadcasted from C-SPAN and this Justin.tv channel rebroadcasted Fox News.
And as we noted on Tuesday, there are increasingly better online options to get your post-debate analysis, for instance MSNBC’s new interactive video player at www.politics.msnbc.com, which allows you to sort footage by keywords, speaker, and news analysis. MSNBC tells us the resource will be available a few hours after the vice-presidential debate ends. It is also supposed to be embeddable “in the near future.”