The debate, which marks the debut of Mike Bloomberg to the presidential debate theater, is being staged by MSNBC and NBC News, along with the Nevada Independent, an online blog mostly devoted to politics. Held in Nevada, it is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET.
MSNBC usually can’t be streamed for free, with potential viewers asked to authenticate their cable subscription first before they can watch. But for news events including debates, MSNBC drops the requirements.
You can view the debate on your computer or phone, at NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com and the Nevada Independent’s website. It will also be shown on the NBC News app for smartphones, or NBC News Now, a streaming app for viewing on TVs. The app is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV devices.
The cable TV alternative streaming services are another option, via Sling TV ($30 monthly), YouTube TV ($50 monthly), Hulu with Live TV and Fubo ($55 monthly) or AT&T Now ($65 monthly).
The cheapest way to watch is by buying an antenna and hooking it up to the back of your TV. Antennas start at around $20 and many have built-in tuners to boost the signal. The Mohu Leaf, for instance, sells for $30, and touts a range of 40 miles to pick up a signal.
Folks who live in rural areas might have potential issues getting a signal, which is easier in urban areas.