Last week, it was Obama and Romney’s turn. This Thursday, congressman Paul Ryan and vice president Joe Biden are facing off in Danville, Ky. for their first and only vice presidential debate of this election cycle. And just like during the presidential debate, viewers will once again have numerous choices to follow the event live. Not only will it be carried by most major broadcast and cable news networks, but there will also be a number of live streams.
Check out our definitive guide to watching the VP debate live online:
- The debate officially starts at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, and it will be moderated by ABC News senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz.
- ABC News will once again be streaming the debate live on its YouTube channel as well as the YouTube politics channel and ABC’s iPad app.
- NBC will stream the debate on its NBCPolitics.com site.
- CBS News will have its live stream up on Ustream.
- CNN will stream the debate on its website as well as to to its iOS apps.
- Fox News will be streaming the debate on its site and feature some insights into the most popular topics of the evening through an exclusive collaboration with Twitter during its post-debate coverage.
- The Wall Street Journal is providing a live feed of the debate on it site as well as through its WSJ Live apps on the iPad, on Android devices and various Smart TV platforms.
- The Washington Post will stream the debate on its site, with a pre-show starting at 4 p.m. PT.
- Hulu will feature live feeds from ABC, Fox and The Wall Street Journal, including pre- and post-debate content. The site will also have an archived version of the entire debate available soon after.
- Politico’s website will feature a pre-debate show starting at 5 p.m. PT as well as the actual debate and some post-debate coverage.
- Univision’s live stream of the presidential debate will be translated into Spanish in real-time.
- C-SPAN is going to stream the debate on it site as part of its debates hub. C-SPAN’s live feed comes with closed captions, which can be turned on here.
- The Sunlight Foundation will again fact check the debate in real time and provide a live stream with contextual data as part of its Sunlight Live project.
- Aereo will give New York-based viewers two hours of free access to its TV streaming service to watch live streams of major broadcasters’ debate coverage on their laptops or mobile devices.
- Microsoft’s Xbox will show the debate through the Elections 2012 app, which will also feature some live polling (Xbox LIVE gold membership required).
- The Peel companion app will allow Android users to digitally cheer and boo during the debate, and see how others like the performance of both candidates.
- Ponderoo does something similar for iOS, but with a more playful UI.
- Al Jazeera English once again teamed up with Reddit for context and commentary during the debate.
- Twitter is providing curated tweets on its #debates micro-site.
We will update this post with new links right up to the start of the debate. Let us know in the comments if you come across any other good resources!
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