Apple Highlights iOS and tvOS Apps for Watching U.S. Presidential Debate

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple recently updated the iOS and tvOS App Stores with a collection of apps that will be able to live stream tonight's first presidential debate, airing at 9PM eastern at Hofstra University. The debate between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump marks the beginning of the seven week final stretch between the first debate and election day on November 8. There will be three presidential debates in total, and one vice presidential debate.

    On both App Stores, Apple's "Watch the Debate Live" section contains a few of the same apps. For iOS, top billing goes to major social networks Twitter and Facebook, and then news outlets CBS News and ABC News. Twitter recently launched a live streaming tvOS app, so it's also first on the Apple TV app store, followed by CBS News, ABC News, Washington Post Video, Reuters TV, and more.

    Watch the Debate Live on iOS:

    [*]CBS News
    [*]ABC News
    [*]The Washington Post
    [*]Reuters TV
    [*]NBC News
    [*]Fox News
    [*]Univision NOW

    Watch the Debate Live on tvOS:

    [*]CBS News
    [*]ABC News
    [*]Washington Post Video
    [*]Reuters TV
    [*]NBC News
    [*]Bloomberg TV
    [*]Fox News
    [*]YouTube For those with a cable subscription, Wired reported that all three upcoming presidential debates will be broadcast simultaneously across most major networks and cable channels: ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Univision, and C-SPAN.

    Earlier in the month, the Commission on Presidential Debates confirmed that both Facebook and Snapchat will be covering each debate to provide content for users of both social networks. Users can comment and ask questions on Facebook Live videos, and follow along to Snapchat's Live Stories "from the different perspectives of students from the debate host universities, volunteers, media and many others."

    Although not included in Apple's collection of apps, other streamable services will support debate coverage, including: BuzzFeed News, Hulu, PBS, Yahoo, and more.

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  2. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    Thanks, but no thanks. These two for me are Trump: Nope. Hillary:Noper
  3. Deadman64 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2008
    Would love to see a 3 person debate, I think it would make things really interesting.

  4. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    No thanks. Apple has proven its bias against other candidates in the past. I'd rather find a source ran by grown-ups that may or may not like all candidates but won't actively run a bias.
  5. ArtOfWarfare, Sep 26, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2016

    ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    The candidate I'm voting for won't be present, so I see no point in watching.


    Just to respond to anyone who wants to yell at me about voting third party in advance:

    #1 - It is possible for third party candidates to win, as long as they run between the major parties. Ross Perot handed the 1992 election to Bill Clinton because he was running on the right. He stole votes exclusively from Bush Senior. Ralph Nader similarly handed the 2000 election to Bush Junior because he was running on the left, exclusively stealing votes from Al Gore.

    Gary Johnson is running down the middle, stealing votes equally from both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. He easily leads with independent voters (AKA, swing voters, the people who decide elections), voters under the age of 30, and veterans.

    If you want to vote for him, but are afraid you'd be handing the election to <insert name of candidate you hate most>, go to - They'll match you up with someone who hates <your lesser of two evils> from the same state you live in. Both of you then pledge to vote for the candidate you most like, knowing that you haven't handed the election to anyone, because you nullified a vote for that person.

    #2 - Gary Johnson doesn't have to sweep the map. If he wins a single state, it becomes difficult for either of the other candidate to reach 270 electoral votes. In that case, Congress determines who wins the election. Republicans control both houses by a small majority, but many have already said they back Johnson, not Trump. Thus the anti-Trump Republicans can cooperate with Democrats (who unanimously despise Trump) to hand the presidency to Johnson.

    #3 - The presidential debates are controlled by a board of 3 Republicans and 3 Democrats. They set arbitrary rules for what it takes to be in the debates. In 1992, they said you only needed to have 5% support in national polls to be in the debate. Ross Perot had 6% so qualified. By the time of the election, he won with 19%, largely because the extra exposure from the debates gave him a huge boost in those final 2 months.

    This year, Johnson has 13% support before the debates. So the threshold was arbitrarily moved up to 15% to exclude him. Had he been in the debates and received a boost similar to Perot's, it's reasonable to think his support would have gone to between 26% and 40%, potentially giving him the plurality.
  6. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    NPR for you it is then. They actively try to be so unbiased that they are bland.

    Bias sells it seems
  7. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    All the outlets are literally showing the exact same debate, how is bias possible?

    And Fox News is listed there, your point is invalid
  8. Lord Hamsa macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2013
    I'm going to find a dumpster, light it on fire, and watch.

    It'll be more entertaining and more informative than what's going to be on TV tonight.
  9. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    Could be fun if you invite friends over for a drinking game.
  10. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    If you believe in a 2 party system.... this election is like choosing between a colonoscopy or a root canal.

  11. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Lmao that's what I was thinking. One of the reasons I hate politics. Left wing this. Bias that. Dumpster fire that.
  12. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    Frankfurt, Germany
    I don't even live in the US and I am excited to watch this circus show.
  13. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    Excited enough to wait until 3 AM
  14. BMcCoy macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    Do these debates actually influence anyone to change their mind?
    Will there be a single Trump supporter watching the debate, who suddenly thinks "actually, Trump is an idiot.. I had no idea.. I'd better vote for Hillary"??
    Or vice versa?
  15. Futurix macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2011
  16. tennisproha macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2011
    As much as I love your rhetoric, Gary Johnson just hasn't garnered enough popularity nationwide to appeal to the masses. I wish that wasn't the case but it is wishful thinking at this point. Better for us to realize our collective errors and focus on the next election.
  17. Deadman64 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2008
    That's why it's so disappointing to hear he wasn't allowed in the first debate. That's the platform where he would have garnered a large popularity (or at least more than he currently has). I think a lot of people agree with most of his views and plans for the country, they just don't know that they do (I didn't until 4 months ago). So they decide to vote the lesser of two evils or don't vote at all.

    The debate commission is a hinderance to real democracy :(. But maybe he can get in the second debate. Either way, he's got my vote this election and this was actually the first time I donated to a political campaign.
  18. v0lume4 macrumors 68000


    Jul 28, 2012
    We're gonna win, folks. We're gonna win so much you get sick of it. ;)
  19. vooke macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2014
  20. yaxomoxay macrumors 68020


    Mar 3, 2010
  21. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005
    At least this is better than Apple "News" highlighting opinion pieces on one of the candidates as if they were actually news.

    Disclaimer: I dislike them both but Apple "News" is hardly objective or fair.
  22. ksnell, Sep 26, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2016

    ksnell macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2012
    By definition couldn't it only affect the undecided? I think it is estimated that something like 75-80% of America will be watching, and only 8% of those watching are still undecided.

    And the contrary to your statement would be that people finally get to hear Hillary speak and realize she actually IS a criminal and not trustworthy. She doesn't typically speak in public so it is not out of the question. Not saying Trump was the best option from the GOP but I do think Hillary is unfit to be President. Her record as Secretary of State proves this, and she will try to cover it up tonight.
  23. extricated macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
    I'm glad to see there are options for people who don't have to verify a network provider before watching a given stream (i.e. YouTube). Not that I care about either of the major party candidates.
    Given his lack of broad coverage, the number of comments I see from Johnson supporters (here, on Facebook, and elsewhere) tell me he should be in the debates.
  24. miniyou64 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    If your vote mattered, they wouldn't let you do it.

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