How to watch and stream tonight’s Clinton/Trump 2016 Presidential debate on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Mac & the web

Tonight’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is likely to be the most-watched presidential debate in history. A little background: 

The first debate for the 1960 election drew over 66 million viewers out of a population of 179 million, making it one of the most-watched broadcasts in U.S. television history. The 1980 debates drew 80 million viewers out of a 226 million. Recent debates have drawn decidedly smaller audiences, ranging from 46 million for the first 2000 debate to a high of over 67 million for the first debate in 2012.

There’s no shortage of ways to watch the debate, whether that’s on broadcast TV, Apple TV, Mac, iPad or iPhone – here are just a few of them …

Apple TV, iPad & iPhone

The easiest way to watch is via one of the the broadcast TV network news apps.

ABC News – no credentials required, and on Apple TV ‘Siri, watch ABC News live’ will get you in

CBS News – launched in July on Apple TV, no cable login or subscription required

NBC News – again, free streaming with no login needed

But there are a whole bunch of other app options currently being featured by Apple on iTunes. These include Bloomberg, CNN, Reuters, Washington Post and more – with Twitter and Facebook also getting in on the action.



You have the same options on the Mac via the websites of the same broadcasters. Demand is likely to be heavy, so you may want to have several tabs open with different feeds, muting the tabs you’re not watching in case one goes out and you need to switch.

ABC News

CBS News

NBC News

Reuters TV

Again, there are many more options out there. Re/code also notes that here are YouTube livestreams from many of the same sources, including Bloomberg, NBC News, PBS and The Washington Post.

Other countries

For those watching in other countries, you may get a more reliable feed from within your own country. In the UK, for example, it will be streamed live on the BBC News site. If you have recommended sites for other countries, please share them in the comments.

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