Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, ushering in a much-anticipated new era for the country and filling a leadership void left by an outgoing president who refused to accept that he lost the election. Inauguration proceedings begin around 11 a.m. ET, with the swearing-in slated to begin sometime before noon.
Expect former presidents, most of Congress, celebrities, a national anthem sung by Lady Gaga, and a gargantuan security presence, but don’t expect to see the large maskless crowds you would typically find on Inauguration Day in the nation’s capital.
The good news? If you’re a cord cutter who wants to stream the inauguration and celebrations on your computer, phone, or smart TV, you’ll have more choices than ever before. In fact, we challenge you to find a channel or streaming service that won’t be broadcasting this event. In the interest of curation and convenience, we’ve rounded up some easy streaming choices below.
Stream coverage from a TV network
- PBS NewsHour will stream the inauguration for free on its YouTube page (also embedded below), with coverage beginning at 9 a.m. ET. Find it here.
- CBSN, the streaming service operated by CBS News, will stream coverage of the inauguration beginning at 7 a.m. ET and continuing through the evening. Find it here.
- ABC News live, a free streaming service available on most devices, will stream coverage of the inauguration. Find it here.
- Ditto for NBC News Now. Find it here.
If you live in one of the 26 markets served by Locast, a free streaming service for broadcast networks, you might also try streaming network TV coverage that way.
Stream coverage from a cable network
If you want to stream coverage from other pay-TV networks, you can try watching through a subscription-based streaming service. The following offer lots of choices in their bundles:
Other ways to watch
Note that Sling TV also offers a free version that carries ABC News Live and doesn’t require a paid subscription. Similarly, The Roku Channel offers free news streaming options, such as NBC News Now and Newsy.
Finally, if you want to skip the TV coverage and just stream the event, go right to the source: The Biden Inaugural Committee will stream it on its YouTube page.
Still need more ways to watch? YouTube has a full playlist of inauguration live streams here. Have fun!