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Where to Watch the Palin-Biden Debate Online

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.

Current TV will be live-streaming not only the debate but debate-related Twitters for its second edition in as many weeks of “Hack the Debate.” The event trailer is embedded above.

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 This Ustream channel had last week’s debate rebroadcasted from C-SPAN and this 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, 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.”

19 Responses to “Where to Watch the Palin-Biden Debate Online”

  1. Hey guys, thanks so much for the links, I was struggling to get any coverage of the debate here in UK but managing to watch it via one of the addresses above. Thanks =)

  2. Jonathan


    Who says paying taxes is unpatriotic? Who gives you the right to not pay taxes? If Gwen Ifill is too “unfair” to be a moderator, then I say Fox News is too “unfair” to report the news.

  3. Lewis Birdseye

    Thanks for providing multiple linds to watch this debate. I’m living outside of the country and its important for me to watch this (hopefully) bloodbath.

  4. Ifill is writing a book about Race & Politics in America. She says there will be a chapter on Obama, also one on Colin Powell. The chapter on Obama has not even been written yet, and she further claims that nobody, even her, knows whether it will praise Obama.

  5. Phillip

    It is not OBVIOUS that if the moderator wrote a book about a major political candidate, she will “try her best to make” another one “look bad.” Let’s not pre-judge. And as for Biden’s error, wasn’t it McCain who insinuated in his first debate that Eisenhower was President in 1944?

    So, what’s your point, fan of Fox?

  6. Equality

    Why not question that the moderator, Gwen Ifill, of the upcoming Biden-Palin debate is pro-Obama. She wrote a book that praises Obama, obviously she will try her best to make Palin look bad in the debate Why couldn’t the moderator be more fair and bi-partisan?

    Why not make fun of Joe Biden, who thinks FDR was President in 1929, and thinks paying more taxes is patriotic?

  7. Anyone know what the best quality stream will be tomorrow night? My cable tv is out so I’m hooking my computer up to my HDTV and streaming it. The DNC looked great with Silverlight but can’t find anything comparable so far for the VP debates tomorrow. Thanks.