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How to live stream the Democratic National Convention

ICE Graveyard 25/07/2016 Kate Conger

The Democratic National Convention kicks off this week in Philadelphia, in the wake of the GOP convention and a massive leak of Democratic National Committee emails that’s been widely attributed to Russian hackers. It should be an interesting event, and not just because of all the DNC drama in the news this week — there’s a lineup of heavy-hitting speakers and panels as well.

The DNC runs today through Thursday. Here are all the different ways to watch:


Twitch live streamed the Republican National Convention last week and it’s streaming the DNC too. This is Twitch’s first foray into streaming political events, and the company is using automation and live moderators to keep the comments appropriate.

Unlike several other live streams, Twitch isn’t partnering with a major news network, so the Twitch stream will only feature the convention events themselves, with no news anchor filler in between.

Here’s the schedule (all times are Eastern):

12pm PT on Monday, July 25
1 p.m. PT on Tuesday, July 26
1:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 27
1:30 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 28


Twitter is partnering with CBS for its live stream, and users can add their commentary to the discussion using the hashtags #DemsInPhilly and #DemConvention. The CBS partnership means that Twitter will have constant coverage over the course of the week. Twitter’s stream kicks off at 4 p.m. ET today (we’ll update you with the link once it’s live).


Like Twitter, Facebook teamed up with a news network for its live coverage. ABC is Facebook’s official partner for the conventions (although several other news organizations are streaming video on Facebook as well).

There’s not as much opportunity for direct interaction on ABC’s Facebook live stream, but ABC reporters will take some questions from viewers via Facebook Live.


YouTube is the official live stream outlet for the DNC and the RNC. Comments were disabled on the RNC live stream last week, so if you’re looking to add your two cents to the conversation, YouTube might not be the place to watch. However, YouTube is promising special 360-degree video, so viewers will get fresh perspectives on the convention.


Each day of the DNC is themed: Today is “United Together,” Tuesday is “A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families,” Wednesday is “Working Together,” and Thursday is “Stronger Together.”

The festivities kick off at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, and the two main speakers to watch today are Sen. Bernie Sanders and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Tuesday’s lineup starts at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. The keynote speaker is Bill Clinton, but there will also be an interesting lineup of speakers from Mothers of the Movement, an organization of mothers of black men and women killed by police, including Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and Sandra Bland.

Wednesday’s primetime speakers begin at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT and include several family members of victims of gun violence. The evening’s keynote speakers are Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama.

The DNC will wrap up Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT with speeches from Chelsea Clinton and Hillary Clinton. While Trump closed his convention with speeches from some of his biggest celebrity friends, including Peter Thiel, Clinton is going a different direction. Aside from her daughter, most of her primetime speakers on Thursday are average Americans.

Several high-profile Democrats are also rumored to be speaking at the convention, although they’re not on the official DNC schedule: Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen Barbara Boxer, California Governor Jerry Brown, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and others.

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