Just when you thought you'd recovered from the last GOP presidential debate in mid-September, CNBC will host the third showdown among candidates vying for the Republican nomination on Wednesday night at the University of Colorado Boulder. But if you want to watch the 2-hour political pageant and don't have a cable subscription, you might have to get creative.
Unlike the previous GOP debated held by CNN, it looks like CNBC won't offer a free live stream of the event, which begins at 8pm ET.
"CNBC's 'The Republican Presidential Debate: Your Money, Your Vote' will air live on CNBC and be available to all CNBC Digital customers who authenticate via TV Everywhere on CNBC.com, mobile apps and Apple TV as well as to CNBC PRO subscribers," the network said in a press release announcing its coverage plans. "The debate will also air on SiriusXM channel 112 and Westwood One."
This means that if you don't have cable or CNBC isn't included in your cable package, not only will you be unable to watch it live on TV, you also won't be able to stream it on your computer or other devices. To stream the debate on anything, you'll have to log in with a cable subscription that includes CNBC.
Now, there are a number of knockoff mirror sites out there, like Hulkusc that will mirror live broadcasts. But, as with any illegal redirect or mirror, you're likely to encounter a boatload of pop-up ads and dialog boxes that will annoy the living hell out of you, and potentially harm your computer.
So, if you lack the necessary subscription, but don't want to experience debate FOMO, well, you should figure out who among your friends and family have cable and go from there. CNBC will also have a live blog on its website throughout the night, and of course, you can always follow the seemingly endless stream of tweets from political journalists on Twitter. Either way, there will be plenty more debates to watch before the 2016 elections. Probably too many.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and is actually thinking of sitting this one out, but suspects Twitter will drag him into the fray. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.