How to Watch The Presidential Election Results With Your Laptop, Phone, or Streamer

Presidential Election

Election day is Tuesday, November 8. If you don’t have cable and aren’t planning to watch the live results on regular TV, you do have a few other options.

Many of the major news stations will stream or post election coverage online. No cable log-in is necessary to watch these live streams. Broadcasters such as CNN, ABC, CBS (Disclaimer: CBS is CNET’s parent company), NBC and Fox all livestream their news coverage on their websites year-round and election day is no exception. If you just want election results — and not all the other news — look for their dedicated election landing pages, where you’ll find shareable clips and analysis.

CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC all have news apps, so you can also access those streams from your phone.

If you prefer local news, you may be in luck. Plenty of local news sites have streamed election results on their websites in the past, so check in with your local station to see if it will be posting video coverage online. For example, Bay Area locals can tune into KRON 4 to watch its live newscasts on weeknights.

Sling TV

Format: live television

Sling TV — a live-TV alternative to cable — is a paid subscription-based service, but if you aren’t a subscriber and just want to watch election day coverage, Sling TV offers a free seven-day trial that doesn’t require any contracts and can be canceled any time.

Sling TV also has its own app that can be downloaded on Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox One. Meaning you can watch on your computer, phone or TV as long as you have access to the internet.

Sling TV has been a go-to source of live television for cord-cutters. If you haven’t already considered it, its basic Sling Orange package offers over 25 channels including news channels such as CNN. Here’s everything you need to know about Sling TV.

Twitter and Buzzfeed

Format: livestream, articles

Come election day, reporters from Buzzfeed will be covering incoming election results and the site has signed a deal to livestream the video footage on Twitter, including the app. This isn’t the first deal of its kind as recently Twitter live-streamed events including the presidential debates and NFL games.

On election day, head to the Moments tab in the Twitter app to view the livestream. If you have an Apple TV, Xbox One, or Amazon Fire TV, you can also view the livestream on your TV, thanks to Twitter’s new app.

The desktop link isn’t yet available, so check back here the day for the details. Until then, Twitter is also including election coverage on its Moments page.


Format: livestream, interactive data

This real-time election start-up is hoping to change the way we get our election results. Traditionally, major news networks embargo the polling results and don’t release the final numbers until they have all been counted. The thinking is that early results could influence people who have yet to vote.

But VoteCastr does things differently. The start-up has teamed up with Slate to give everyone a look into the number of votes in a few key states as they come in. If you want some early information on the election, or want to place bets with you friends, this is the place to go.

On election day, you’ll be able to view these results in VoteCastr’s app. This data will also be discussed by VoteCastr’s very own live broadcast that will start when the first poll opens, and end when the last poll closes. To get more information about the apps and updates, go to the VoteCastr website and enter your name and email.


Format: livestream, articles

If you want to get a breakdown of voting results without having to watch a livestream, Politico has you covered. The political media site has an interactive map on its website that will show the election results and break it down state by state. This is great if you want to pull up the map on your computer or phone, and check every so often while it gets updated. Plus, the state-by-state data is broken down in a chart that is quiet pleasant to look at. Politico also offers its own livestream on its website in case you think the map isn’t enough.


Format: live radio, articles, audio clips, interactive data

If radio is your thing or you’ll be stuck in your car on election day, tune in to NPR through your radio for its live election coverage. NPR has teamed up with PBS to deliver election news to audiences across digital, television, and radio outlets. NPR will have election coverage and a special live broadcast on election night.

If you want to listen but don’t have a radio, you can tune into NPR by going to its website and listen on your computer. NPR’s website also has a mobile version that will allow you to listen to its live broadcasts from your phone’s browser. Otherwise, you can always download a radio streaming app like TuneIn Radio and access the radio on your phone.

While you are on the NPR website, be sure to check out its professional analysis on all things election related. Information will come in all forms including live blog posts, data graphics, and an interactive map. The election night broadcast will begin at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT and go all the way until 4am ET/ 1am PT, transitioning right into a one hour recap starting at 4am ET / 1am PT and then regularly scheduled morning programing on November 9. NPR will also be live on its Facebook page and NPR One App.

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