How to Watch the First Presidential Debate September 29, 2020

Tonight, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will take the stage in Cleveland, Ohio for the first debate of the 2020 election. The debate will air on major news networks. Here’s how to watch.

When to Watch

The debate will take place tonight, September 29, 2020, at 9:00 pm ET.

Where to Watch

Most major networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC will cover the event, offering plenty of options for tuning in.

How to Watch

Most live TV streaming services include several channels that will air the debate.

  • Hulu includes ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC in its $55/month subscription.
  • fuboTV offers ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Fox News, and MSNBC in its base package for $60/month.
  • YouTube TV has ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC for $65/month.
  • AT&T TV Now includes ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC in its $55/month package.
  • Sling TV offers Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC with Sling Blue, along with NBC in select markets, for $30/month.

You can also watch coverage on your local CBS station with CBS All Access.

Most viewers can access their local channels with an antenna. Check out Antenna Web to find out which channels you can get with an antenna where you live.

Along with antennas, there are several other ways to watch the debate for free. Locast will air coverage for those in the 23 markets where the service is located. Haystack recently added dedicated channels to cover the debates. Most free streaming services including The Roku Channel, STIRR, and Pluto TV have news channels that will show debate coverage as well. XUMO will be airing live coverage of the debate on its ABC News Live channel, along with additional news channels – NBC News NOW, Black News Network, and CBSN.

What to Expect

The first debate will be hosted by Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday” in front of a limited in-person crowd of under 100. The debate will begin at 9:00 pm and will run for 90 minutes with no commercial breaks.

Topics for tonight’s debate will include The Trump and Biden Records, The Supreme Court, Covid-19, The Economy, Race and Violence in our Cities, and The Integrity of the Election. Each segment will be 15 minutes long and candidates will be given two minutes to respond to the moderator’s questions.