Wednesday, October 03, 2012

YouTube to live-stream Presidential, Vice-Presidential debates

YouTube said on Monday that it will stream all three of the debates between US President Barack Obama and Republican challengeer Mitt Romney, along with the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

Although not known for live-streaming, YouTube has streamed events live in the past.  One such notable event was when Google live-streamed the wedding between Prince William and the then-Kate Middleton.

On the its blog, YouTube said:

"This year, for the first time, you can watch the debates live and in full on the YouTube Elections Hub, via our partners at ABC News, who will be live streaming all four debates on the ABC News YouTube channel. No matter where you are in the world or how you’ll be accessing the internet, you’ll be able to watch the most important events of the 2012 election on YouTube."

Not one to miss an opportunity for some free advertising, YouTube's parent company Google also got into the mix: buttons were available in the blog post to add the debates to your Google Calendar (assuming you use Google Calendar). Google acquired YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion.

YouTube added,

"In addition to the live broadcast of the debates, we will also have commentary and analysis from our eight YouTube Election Hub partners -- ABC News, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, Larry King, New York Times, Phil DeFranco, Univision and the Wall Street Journal -- each of whom will be be providing their own unique live and on-demand coverage of the four debates before, during and after. And Univision will also offer a version of the debates translated into Spanish, live."

The first debate will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. EDT.

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