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GOP convention live stream, tv broadcasts, and other ways to watch the RNC

Comedian Stephen Colbert practices his routine at the

Comedian Stephen Colbert practices his routine at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 17, 2016. Credit: Newsday / William Perlman

The 2016 election is shaping up to be less than traditional, and so is the list of ways to watch the conventions.

From phone apps to TV broadcasts, here’s a list of many places broadcasting the Republican National Convention running Monday through Thursday, and the Democratic National Convention July 25-28.

Facebook Live and Periscope

Facebook is forming a digital “lounge” of media outlets who will be using the social media giant’s live-streaming feature to broadcast the RNC this week. Participants include C-SPAN, CNN, Yahoo!, Fox News and the New York Times, Politico reports. Periscope will also have a designated space at the event where attendees can stream the action from the convention floor.


Like Facebook, Twitter is also using the RNC as a chance to increase its live streaming presence. The company has partnered with CBS News to live stream the event.


The video-sharing website has dedicated channels for both: and


CBS News said it plans to broadcast coverage of the RNC during prime time for the duration of the RNC. The programing block will run 10-11 p.m. all four days of the convention with a special hourlong edition of CBS Evening News on Sunday at 6 p.m. Further coverage will be on CBSN, CBS’s 24 hour news platform.

NBC plans to run coverage during NBC News broadcasts at 10 p.m. the days of the convention. ABC will run coverage during its nightly news program, and ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘World News Tonight with David Muir,’ ‘Nightline’ and ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ will broadcast live from the convention locations.

CNN will run 24-hour coverage starting the Saturday before each convention. C-SPAN (in its traditional commentary-free style), MSNBC and Fox News will also broadcast 24-hour coverage, while PBS, in partnership with NPR, will offer live coverage from 8 to 11 p.m.

Nontraditional TV coverage

Deadline reports that The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will broadcast from the locations of each convention during the weeks they run, with episodes airing at 11 p.m. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will run at 11:35 live each night with coverage from Colbert and a special guest appearance by Jon Stewart. Real Time with Bill Maher will also air live episodes that discuss the conventions.


NPR will broadcast coverage from 8 to 11 p.m. The Daily Show will simulcast on Sirius XM’s Comedy Central station starting Monday, and briefings will be available on Amazon’s Alexa voice service.

Mobile apps

The Daily Show Convention Coverage 2016: Democalypse Now is available as a three-part series on Snapchat — the first installment ran July 15, the next runs Friday and the third runs July 29. A number of journalists will also be snapchatting live, so check with your favorite political outlet.

Virtual reality

If you really want to immerse yourself in the conventions, you have a couple of VR options, according to You can get YouTube’s stream on Google Cardboard and CNN Politics’ mobile app coverage will include some VR videos.

Other options

Fuse.TV will be providing updates and broadcasts from the convention through its app and website.

Video game live streaming site Twitch is offering a dedicated channel for the RNC

Search engine Bing has set up a special page with a live stream and aggregated information on the issues and speakers: Just type “2016 presidential elections” into the search bar.

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