How To Watch Fifth 2020 Democratic Debate

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How to watch tonight’s 2020 Democratic debate

Here's what you need to know going into tonight's debate.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Nov 20, 2019   Updated on May 19, 2021, 10:31 pm CDT

Ten Democratic hopefuls looking to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election will square off during the fifth 2020 Democratic debate tonight.

The debates will be hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

Here’s what you need to know about the fifth 2020 Democratic debate:


What time is the fifth 2020 Democratic debate?

The debate will begin at 8pm CT.  It will be moderated by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell, NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker, and Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker.

Which candidates are in this debate?

The field has narrowed since the last debate in October. This time only 10 2020 hopefuls will take the stage.

They include:

To qualify for this debate, the candidates needed to get at least three percent in four qualified polls and donations from at least 165,000 unique donors—including a minimum of 600 per state in at least 20 states.

Some of the notable names who you’ve seen in past debates that will not be on the stage include former HUD Secretary Julian Castro—who did not meet the thresholds to qualify—and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who dropped out of the race.

How to watch the fifth 2020 Democratic debate

The debate will be live streamed on both MSNBC’s website and the Washington Post‘s website. It will also be available on the NBC News and Washington Post mobile apps. Here are some streaming alternatives for cord-cutters that carry the action live.

1) Sling TV

how to stream tonights 2020 democratic debate on Sling TV

For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, both of which cost $25 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels. To gain access to MSNBC, you will also need the News Extra channel suite add-on, which is an additional $5 a month. 


2) Hulu with Live TV

how to stream tonights 2020 democratic debate on Hulu with Live TV
  • Cost: $54.95 per month
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)

Hulu with Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have almost 60 channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geo Wild and Syfy. Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.


3) FuboTV

how to stream tonights 2020 democratic debate on FuboTV
  • Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter
  • FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)

FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, and even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are present too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC. Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.


4) AT&T TV Now

  • Cost: $50-$135 per month 
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.


5) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts. Each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels. Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)



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*First Published: Nov 20, 2019, 4:21 pm CST