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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.

election 2012

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.

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

    1. Janko Roettgers Marc Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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

  2. Awesome – just what I was looking for.

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

    1. Janko Roettgers Indy Tuesday, October 2, 2012

      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/

  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!

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

  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?

  6. What about replays?

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

  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.

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

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

  10. what about replays cant listen till 10pm central time

    1. Yeah I watched it two times,lol….

  11. I think this debate is about domestic policy, not foreign policy.

    1. That happens when you let immigrants write your blog posts (I’m talking about myself here). Of course it’s domestic policy. Will correct it right away.

  12. I have to work during the debate. Is there a way to watch it later online? I would imagine the NYTimes site will have it up… but I don’t want to chance it. I don’t have DVR where I am… so I may actually try and locate a VCR! Let me know if someone will have the whole debate online…

  13. Really cool reblog! Also, later today I’m going to run out to DIA and take a pic of an empty chair strapped to the roof of my car with DIA in the background…a sign that says (needs some help here with sign) “OK… Obama has been picked up and is on his way to the debate at DU.” And take some pics along the way.

  14. any idea about TV-broadcasting in Europe?

  15. Can I watch these links even though I am in Europe?

  16. Check out http://www.ratethedebate.org to rate the debate in real-time and see how the nation is rating as you watch.

  17. We are going to be collecting all the opinions of journalists, bloggers, public figures (online as well as on air) to figure out who they think “won” . . . (www.unfold.com) will be updated throughout the night and the next day. Am curious to see if there is going to be general consensus or if the opinions generated will just be along party lines!
    (And for those that want more background on the topics and what the opinion breakdown was prior to the debates and if opinion shifted afterwards, we’ll have info on that too!)
    Here’s to hoping for some substantive dialogue!

  18. When will the debates be rerun on TV and how quickly will we be able to watch the debates on youtube and these other sources? We have a meeting from 7-8:30 MT and everyone is saying they are bagging out on the meeting to watch the debate. I want to rerun it at 9:00 MT. What’s the best solution?

  19. Hey Janko!
    Thanks for this very thorough list, and for mentioning Ponderoo. We wear your description of our app (“somewhat experimental, but intriguingly simple interface”) with pride.

    We believe anything that gets more people involved with this election is a good thing. There are lots of good social app options out there to voice your opinion. If you want a simple way to voice your constantly-evolving opinion as the debate progresses, give us a shot.

  20. Is there any place that does a live stream of the debates but WITH subtitiles? Thanks!!

    1. Isabel, the C-SPAN live stream will be subtitled. Here’s what I just heard from someone working for C-SPAN: “you can find the “click here” for the closed captioning on our livestream here: http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN/

  21. Third party presidential candidates, Jill Stein from the Green Party and Rocky Anderson from the Justice Party, will have an opportunity to join the presidential debate on Democracy Now! tonight, live from 8:30pm to 11:30pm. Stream at http://www.democracynow.org

  22. Imam Johari Abdul-Malik Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    Are we better off than we were 4 years ago! I think sooooo!

  23. xbox live .. with real time voting too

  24. Hunter Campbell Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    In 2007 3% if all jobs were temps. This June 30% of new jobs were temp/ contract positions. Thanks #Obama.

  25. Romney is cheating. He has some kind of device he is looking at to get ideas and things to say. Someone should stop this tragedy of justice and ethics.
    He is not as good would like to appear to be

  26. Denise N. Fyffe, Administrator Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    Reblogged this on THE ISLAND JOURNAL and commented:
    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.

    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.

  27. im more of a democrat as of last night

  28. Don’t forget PBS!

  29. I think that people need to wake up !!! Obama Rocks !!!

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