How to watch the Presidential Debate: time and live stream channels

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Update: We've added the Presidential Debate live stream YouTube video below so you can watch the debate right on this page. It comes from the independent channel C-SPAN.

You can watch the Presidential Debate live stream right now – the official time is 9pm EDT / 6pm PDT, and coverage of the President Trump vs former Vice President Joe Biden debate is underway. Tune in for the opening at any of the channels below. 

The US election date is Tuesday, November 3, so undecided voters will want to pay close attention, although this Trump vs Biden debate won't to everyone – many have take advantage of early voting before tonight's final Presidential Date live stream.

What time does it start in your region of the world? What channel can you watch the Presidential Debate? We'll help explain how you can tune in on TV or online.

Watch Presidential Debate: time and date

The final Presidential Debate will take place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, October 22. The debate begins at 9pm ET / 6pm PT (2am BST, midday AEDT) and will run for 90 minutes in total with no commercial breaks.

Full live streaming and TV channel details are below - including free coverage options - and you can watch your preferred coverage from anywhere with a VPN.

The last Presidential Debate will be held at Belmont University In Nashville, Tennessee. Unlike the first debate which had around 90 people in the audience, this time the audience will be much smaller to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. While attendees were supposed to wear a mask last time around, at the final debate any audience member not wearing a mask will be thrown out.

Another welcome change is the fact microphones will be muted at the start of each of the six segments of the debate. Trump and Biden will both be given two uninterrupted minutes to answer an initial question on each topic during which time their opponent’s microphone will be muted to avoid the chaos of the first debate. Once both candidates have answered, their microphones will be unmuted for discussion on the topic at hand.

NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker will be the moderator for the final Presidential Debate and despite what was previously believed, she won’t have the ability to cut the candidates’ microphones herself.

As for the topics of the final Presidential Debate picked by Welker and approved by the Commission on Presidential debates, Trump and Biden will both be questioned on fighting Covid-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership.

Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or are still undecided, we’ll show you exactly how to watch the final Presidential Debate online or on TV from wherever you are in the world tonight..

Watch the Presidential Debate: time and channels in the US

Tonight's final Presidential Debate 2020 will start at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. It’ll be 90 minutes long and divided into six 15-minute segments with no commercial debates. The debate will wrap up at 10.30 pm ET / 7.30pm PT and most channels will have post-debate analysis. While the debate will end relatively early, expect to be up late watching all of the wall-to-wall coverage.

If you live in the US and have a cable subscription or even an indoor antenna, you’ll be able to watch the final Presidential Debate on TV as all of the major news networks including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and C-Span will show it. If you’d rather stream the debate online, you’re in luck as CBS News will show the full event on its YouTube channel.

While the debate itself will be broadcast live as it happens, you’ll also be able to tune in to see each network’s commentary and score once it’s over.

Better yet, if you can't access a TV to watch tonight's final Presidential Date, or have cut the cord, there are ways to watch the live stream online. We’ve listed a few of our favorite options below to make things easier for you. 

  • SlingTV $30 per month - With SlingTV’s Sling Blue plan for $30 per month, you’ll get access to CNN, Fox News, Fox, MSNBC, NBC (in select markets) and loads of other live TV channels. The service also lets you watch on three screens simultaneously and record content to watch later with its Cloud DVR.
  • FuboTV $64.99 per month - FuboTV gives you access to 114 live TV channels including ABC, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC and more but it does not include CNN. The service also includes a 7-day free trial so you can test it out for yourself.
  • Hulu with Live TV $54.99 per month - Hulu with Live TV gives you access to all the channels you’ll need to watch the first presidential debate including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. The service also includes its own Hulu Originals and supports a wide variety of streaming devices.
  • AT&T TV Now $55 per month - AT&T TV Now’s Plus plan will give you access to over 45 live TV channels including ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC. However, if you want even more channels and an HBO Max subscription, you can sign up for the service’s Max plan for $80 per month.
  • YouTube TV $65 per month - YouTube’s live streaming service will give you access to all of the channels you’ll need to watch this year’s presidential debates including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. YouTube TV also has flexible contracts and no extra fees for HD or cancellation.

Trump vs Biden debate

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How to watch the Trump-Biden debate in Canada for free


If you live in Canada and want to watch the final US Presidential Debate, you can do so on CBC. The network will show the debate at 9pm ET / 6pm PT on its CBC News Network channel.

Watch the Trump-Biden debate in the UK for free

UK viewers will be able to watch the final US Presidential Debate on BBC and on its iPlayer site and apps. The network’s coverage of the debate will begin at 1.30am early Friday morning so you’ll likely need to keep some coffee handy.

You'll also find the debate featured on other rolling news stations, as well as online on most major newspapers' websites. And of course there will be plenty of highlights (or lowlights) and videos doing the rounds on Friday morning.

Get a Trump-Biden debate stream in Australia


If you live in Australia, you’ll be able to watch the final US Presidential Debate on free-to-air SBS beginning at midday AEDT on Friday. If you happen to miss the debate, you can watch it online via SBS On Demand for free but you will need to create an account to do so. 

How to watch the debate online from outside your country

If you’re currently travelling abroad for work or out of the country, watching the final Presidential Debate may be difficult as some viewing options could be geo-blocked. Especially if you'd like to see your home country's coverage.

Thankfully there’s an easy fix that will let you watch the last Presidential Debate online from anywhere. By downloading a VPN, you can watch no matter where you’re currently located. This simple piece of software changes your IP address to one in a different country where the debate is being broadcast, so you can stream it as if you were back home.

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