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Several websites have announced live-stream plans for this year's presidential debates, giving you more watching options than ever.

Facebook has been making headlines this week after it was announced that the social media giant would live stream the upcoming presidential debates for the first time.

Facebook is hardly the only way to catch the debates, though. Other social media outlets have followed suit with announcements of live-stream plans — giving you more presidential debate-watching options than ever before.


ABC News announced Tuesday that it’s partnering with Facebook for live coverage of the debates via Facebook Live, a feature that allows users to broadcast video in real time.

You can catch the live action on ABC News’ Facebook feed, though you might want to tune in early. The news organization explains:

Throughout each debate day, ABC News’ curated Facebook feed will offer live streams from around the debate host cities, inside the spin room and from watch parties across the country as well as feature commentary from anchors and correspondents at ABC News headquarters in New York. ABC News will incorporate viewers’ comments, questions and conversations in the Facebook Live coverage.


Bloomberg Media announced Wednesday that it’s partnering with the social media outlet Twitter to stream Bloomberg Television’s live broadcast of the debates.

You can catch the Bloomberg stream on the Bloomberg Politics Twitter feed as well as at debates.twitter.com. Again, you might want to tune in a little early. Bloomberg explains:

The stream will also include special Bloomberg Politics programming thirty minutes before and after each debate, which will be led by Bloomberg Politics Managing Editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Additional Bloomberg Politics talent, reporting, and expert analysis will contribute to the coverage.


This social media outlet announced Wednesday that it will live stream the debates from more news organizations than ever before, including:


The debates will air on various paid channels and broadcast stations. So if you don’t pay for TV, you can catch the debates on broadcast TV with rabbit ears.

Broadcast stations that will air the debates include ABC, CBS and NBC, according to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonprofit that organizes the debates.

What are your plans for catching the debates? Let us know below or on Facebook.

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