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Are you away from your TV when Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are going to face off during their first presidential debate this Wednesday? No worries, plenty of sites are providing live streams, combined with realt-ime fact checking and mobile cheering and booing.

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This Wednesday, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are going to face off in the first of three televised presidential debates. The two candidates will meet at the University of Denver to answer questions around foreign domestic policy, and the whole spectacle will be moderated by Jim Lehrer.

The debate will be aired by a multitude of TV channels, including ABC, CNN and PBS, starting at 6 p.m. PT (9p.m. ET). Of course, there are also going to be a number of live streams as well as second-screen experiences. Check out our definitive guide to watching the debate online below:

We will update this post with new links right up to the start of the debate.

For more on how to watch news and other TV programming without paying for cable, check out my ebook Cut the Cord: All You Need to Know to Drop Cable.

Image courtesy of Flickr user League of Women Voters of California.

  1. What about C-Span? IMO they’re the only ones who manage to provide a stream with decent quality and great stability.

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    1. Good point, I added a link to the C-SPAN live stream.

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  2. Awesome – just what I was looking for.

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  3. What about the story GigaOM Ran yesterday about the Debates Commission Live Streaming through Yahoo, AOL & Yahoo.

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    1. That actually wasn’t about a live stream, but about something you could call an educational initiative around the issues that are going to play a role during the debates.

      http://gigaom.com/2012/10/01/debate-sponsor-taps-youtube-yahoo-and-aol-to-quiz-inform-voters/

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  4. matteoberlucchi Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    Guys remember that you can watch over 50 live news channels (CNN, C-span, Bbc, Aljazeera, etc) globally and on any device on http://www.livestation.com. We were one of the few places where you could watch the previous debates a few years back!

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    1. Wow this is great, thank you for sharing!

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  5. Stace Dayment Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    A lot of streaming media doesn’t show up in Canada (it can read our Canadian ip address) – do you know of any live streams that can be viewed internationally?

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  6. What about replays?

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  7. Reblogged this on feelnyankee and commented:
    Thanks for the info, really appreciate it.
    Kelli

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  8. Dont forget about http://feedmonk.com/events/october-2012-presidential-debate they have a listing of live blogs that are covering the presidential debate.

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  9. can’t wait to see mit make mote of a fool of himself.

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    1. Haha!!! looks like ur guy is the one who was a fool!!!

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