How to Watch CNN’s Democratic National Convention Coverage Live Online

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For as long as most everyone alive can remember, the two major party conventions have taken place in packed arenas, but the coronavirus pandemic obviously nixed those plans this year. Even so, the conventions will go on in virtual form, starting with the Democratic National Convention this week. And CNN is slated to provide wall-to-wall coverage each night of the convention.

The four-day event begins on Monday night, when Sen. Bernie Sanders and former First Lady Michelle Obama will provide the keynote addresses. The official start time is 9 p.m. PT/6 p.m. PT, and it’ll begin with a series of speeches from former U.S. attorney general Sally Yates, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, former secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester and former president Bill Clinton.

As we saw on Monday, the convention isn’t gonna just be speeches from the highest profile folks in the Democratic universe.

On Wednesday, with Tuesday’s roll call behind us, we’ll get back to the speech-oriented approach we saw Monday. For the 9 p.m. hour, you can expect to see former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Gov. Tony Evers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

You should probably also expect more surprise endorsements from Republicans.

And from there we’ll get quite a one-two punch with the keynote speakers: former President Barack Obama, and Joe Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris.

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Oh, and somewhere in there will be a musical performance by Billie Eilish

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The presumptive Democratic nominee for  president, Joe Biden, will accept the nomination on Thursday with a keynote of his own.

As you might expect, CNN will cover the convention heavily, with coverage each day beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Jake Tapper, Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash and John King will be running the show for the first four hours of coverage, with Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon taking over at midnight ET. A whole host of CNN contributors will also chime in, and all the speeches will be shown in their entirety.

In order to watch CNN’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention, you’ll have to jump through the standard hoops. That is to say, you’ll either need to find the channel on cable, or use a valid TV provider login to stream it on or via the CNNgo app, which is available on mobile devices and TV streaming boxes. There won’t be a free option for CNN’s coverage.

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But the convention itself will be freely available from the Democrats, who will stream the entire convention live on the convention site, as well as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and everywhere else people stream things — it’ll even be on the gaming site Twitch.

So if you just wanna see the convention itself and don’t care about commentary from CNN or other cable news talking heads, then you can do that at no cost as long as you have access to the internet at any of the links in the previous paragraph.

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