How to Watch the Republican National Convention, No Cable Required

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Today is the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. And you’re probably wondering how you can watch it all without cable. Well, we’ve got you covered.


Desktop and such: Twitter has a special deal with CBS where it’s livestreaming every single minute of Republican National Convention coverage. It’s probably the best bet all around for cordcutters.

Mobile and such: The RNC has released a free mobile app on both the iTunes store and Google Play which promises to let users stream video of convention coverage in real-time.


Magic boxes and such: If you have an Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, or XBox One, but don’t have a cable subscription or basic TV hook-up, YouTube is a dependable way to watch. Obviously YouTube is another option for desktop and mobile users.

All of these magic boxes have apps like ABC News, CBS News, CNNgo, etc that allow users to watch live TV on their devices, but if you have that setup I trust that you already have traditional TV and already have those apps set up on your devices. The networks are, of course, going to be bringing you convention coverage during primetime.

One big caveat and such: Much like the official RNC mobile app, the YouTube stream is controlled by the party itself. So, for instance, when the party had a minor internal kerfuffle involving a roll call vote on Monday afternoon, the main audio feed was cut and switched to some cheesy dad rock. People on the convention floor were clearly protesting over a roll call vote not being taken (the Never Trump people were angry because they wanted to register a protest vote) and they stormed out in disgust.

Stay safe out there, friends—wherever you are this summer. And may God have mercy on our souls. Let’s try to get through this with our sanity and as much of the US Constitution as possible in tact.

Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog

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