How to Watch Tonight's Election Results, No Cable Required

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Illustration by Sam Woolley
Illustration by Sam Woolley

Back in the olden days, learning who the next president was going to be required huddling around a 4-inch TV set made of sticks and mud and literal rabbit ears. But today there are dozens of options available through what’s commonly called the “internet.” And if you’re wondering how to watch tonight’s coverage of the election results using this newfangled technology, Gizmodo has you covered.

Whether you prefer YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or even virtual reality, you’ll find links to coverage on all those platforms below. We even have options for watching the final match between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on devices like the iPad, Roku, Apple TV, and Kindle Fire. This of course won’t be entirely necessary as all your election streaming needs will be catered to by our friends over at Deadspin and Jezebel. The sites will be running a joint livestream from 7pm-10pm Eastern.

The first polls close in some parts of Kentucky and Indiana at 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific, 1am Kremlin time. And whether you support Trump or Clinton, (or you lodged a protest vote with Gary Johnson or Jill Stein because YOU’RE NOT MY REAL DAD AND YOU CAN’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO) tonight should be pretty interesting.



There are plenty of different ways to watch the Election Night returns on YouTube:

  • NBC News has a livestream of election night coverage on YouTube.
  • PBS Newshour also has a livestream of the election results on YouTube.
  • And C-SPAN has its own stream of the results on YouTube.


During the presidential debates you needed a cable subscription to log into CNN’s apps on your iPad or your Roku. But starting today at 4pm Eastern, 1pm Pacific, CNN is reportedly opening up all its avenues for streaming, even if you don’t have an old fashioned cable subscription. They’ll all be available until 4am ET. Hopefully we should know the winner by then. Please dear God, let us know the winner by then.



Twitter partnered with Bloomberg for coverage of the debates, but tonight they’re partnering with Buzzfeed News. Those cheating scamps. You can watch Twitter’s coverage at or through the Twitter app on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, or Xbox One.





Most of the major news outlets will also have livestreams of the election results on their homepages during prime time. There’s Reuters, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CBS News, ABC News, NBC News, C-SPAN, and plenty of others.


AltspaceVR - Virtual Reality

Much like the three presidential debates, AltspaceVR has partnered with NBC News for a virtual reality presentation of the election night results. If you own a Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, or Oculus Rift, you can go to AltspaceVR to watch the debate, if that appeals to you.


No matter how you feel about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, I think we’re all thankful that this is finally coming to an end. But there’s sure to be millions of people who will be angry that this 16-month reality show of an election didn’t end the way they wanted. With any luck, we’ll get through tonight without anyone losing their shit.


Depending on how things shake out you might be considering a move. If you’re a Clinton supporter thinking about becoming an expat, you can follow this link for instructions on emigrating to Canada. If you’re a Trump supporter thinking about moving to someplace closer to Donald’s vision of the perfect country you’ll need to take a connecting flight through China to get into North Korea. There aren’t any direct flights to Pyongyang from the United States.

Godspeed, everyone.