How to watch the Republican National Convention

Catch the Republican Convention online, on TV and on your phone

Repubican National Convention

Donald Trump's year-plus of almost-improbable, oft-controversial primary campaigning is over as he officially secured the nomination for President of the United States at this week's Republican National Convention. We'll give you a moment to let that sink in.

A wild week at the RNC wraps up tonight with the nominee delivering his acceptance speech. It's the culmination of an unpredictable lineup of speakers and off-stage happenings, including accusations of plagiarism levied at Melania Trump and Ted Cruz going rogue.

Whether you're cheering Trump's nomination, watching in preparation for the Democratic National Convention next week, or simply tuning in to witness the spectacle, we've got the info you need to decide when and how to watch the 2016 RNC. You can also press play on the YouTube the livestream from the convention floor below:

Republican Convention schedule and speakers

Donald Trump

In addition to Trump, the RNC - as with any party convention - will feature a wide range of speakers who will touch on a variety of topics important to the nominee's platform.

The official Republican Convention 2016 website hosts the complete list of speakers, which it describes as an "unconventional lineup." They include UFC president Dana White, Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame, actors Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato, Jr., LGPA golfer Natalie Gulbis, astronaut Eileen Collins and Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

Monday's theme is "Make America Safe Again," and will be headlined by Melania Trump, Lieutenant General (ret.) Michael Flynn, US Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), veteran Jason Beardsley and US Rep. Ryan Zinke (Mont.)

Tuesday focuses on "Make America Work Again" and features speeches by Donald Trump, Jr., US Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Dr. Ben Carson and actress Kimberlin Brown.

"Make American First Again" is the theme of Day 3, featuring Lynne Patton, vice president of The Eric Trump Foundation; Eric Trump; former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista; and VP nominee Pence.

The RNC wraps up Thursday with a "Make America One Again" take. Thiel, businessman Tom Barrack, and Ivanka Trump will take the stage, all leading up to Donald Trump delivering his acceptance speech to end the convention.

Despite rumors, it doesn't appear as if former NFL star Tim Tebow will speak, nor will New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Ohio Governor John Kasich is also skipping the convention, much to the Trump campaign's chagrin.

Watch the Republican Convention on TV

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Most major American news channels and broadcast networks are devoting their primetime slots to the Republican National Convention.

On dedicated news channels, CNN beats the competition in sheer quantity: it's promised two weeks of 24-hour coverage of both the Republican and Democratic Conventions starting Saturday, July 16. Dozens of CNN anchors will be on site as programs like America's Choice 2016, Inside Politics and CNN Tonight air live in Cleveland across CNN's channels. Shows will also be livestreamed online and on mobile via CNNgo.

Fox News and MSNBC are also offering all-day coverage of the RNC on their TV channels. PBS NewsHour is teaming up with NPR to cover each night of the convention from 8pm to 11pm ET on both TV and the radio.

On the major channel front, both NBC and ABC are dedicating their 10pm ET slots to recapping and discussing the Republican Convention on all four days. ABC is also broadcasting its major programming - Good Morning America, Nightline, and World News Tonight - from the convention center Monday through Thursday.

Republican Convention online, on Facebook and Twitter, and in virtual reality


The Republican Convention will have more streaming options online than ever before. Whether you care more about social media updates, pundits' opinions or unfiltered access to the proceedings, we've laid out your best options.

YouTube is once again the official livestream provider of the Republican Convention. Head to for direct access to Trump and the speakers, minus traditional media commentary.

Google, YouTube's parent company, has upgraded its Search results accordingly: search "Republican National Convention", and Google will air the livestream in your browser, along with a lineup of speakers, relevant social media posts, and summaries of recent speeches and events.

Facebook, meanwhile, is pushing Facebook Live as the best way for users to get unfiltered access to politicians and the media. CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, the New York Times and other media outlets will stream on Live from the convention, and politicians - including Trump - have already used Live to speak to voters directly.

If you plan on live-tweeting the RNC or voicing your opinion from the other side of the political aisle, CBS News and Twitter have partnered to make watching and joining the conversation easy. The CBS News stream on Twitter will be "enhanced with live, convention-related tweets", and is a great way to watch if you're stuck at work.

Google Cardboard

Steadfast Bing enthusiasts can enjoy a similar experience: starting Monday, Bing will house a livestream directly in its browser with real-time tweet updates, along with aggregated news links curated based on the speakers and trending topics.

Even Twitch is stepping into the competitive gameplay of American politics; it'll be streaming the convention each night on a dedicated channel with special politically themed emoticons, and you can host the stream on your channel to encourage discussion in your chat. Unfortunately, the RNC apparently forbade Twitch users from co-streaming the event with their own commentary, but you will be able to do so for the upcoming Democratic Convention.

Twitch also updated up a part of the RNC broadcast channel called RNCDiscussion where users can engage in a deeper conversation about the proceedings, rather than having to keep up with the emoji-filled comment thread flashing by.

Finally, if you missed your flight to Cleveland and wish you were at the convention, several channels are ready to simulate the experience for you in VR. You can also use your Google Cardboard to livestream the RNC in 360º VR, and CNN plans to air certain segments and delegate activity in VR on the CNN Politics mobile app. The official RNC 2016 app contains a 360º video of the convention center as well.

Best apps and devices to stream the Republican Convention


In the post-cable age, there's no shortage of set-top boxes and apps through which to watch the Republican National Convention. Here's a rundown of the apps on your chosen device you can use to watch the proceedings.

Amazon Fire TV: CBS News, CNNgo, Fox News, RNC 2016: Official App, NBC News, Twitch, YouTube

Apple TV: ABC News, CBS News, CNBC, PBS, YouTube

Google Chromecast: ABC News, Twitch, YouTube

PS4: Twitch, YouTube

Roku: ABC News, CBS News, CNBC, CNNgo, Fox News, NBC News, Twitch, YouTube

Xbox One: ABC News, CBS News, Twitch, YouTube

For mobile users, the best option is likely the RNC 2016: Official App, which can be found on the Apple Store and Google Play. This dedicated app features a livestream, 360º streaming options, and a map for Cleveland convention goers.

We'll keep this post updated as more information on the event, schedule and speakers comes in. Also stay tuned for our guide on how to watch the Democratic Convention, which begins July 25.