How to Watch Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Face Off in First Presidential Debate

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The debate starts at 6 p.m. PT tonight.

Television news media are expecting Monday night's first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to be a yuuuge ratings night, with some observers guessing that more than 100 million people could tune into the face-off. 

The debate, which airs commercial-free for 90 minutes tonight at 6 p.m. PT, will air live on every major broadcast network — ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC — as well as cable news channels including CNN, Fox News, CNBC and MSNBC. Univision is also airing the debate.

But those predictions aren't factoring in just how easy it will be to find the debate live online. Every major streaming outlet, from YouTube to Twitter, will make it easy to watch the showdown from a computer screen or Apple TV. THR lays out the many options in this handy guide: 

ABC will stream its coverage of the debate via the new Facebook Live platform, including pre-debate series Straight Talk with Matthew Dowd and LZ Granderson

In partnership with Bloomberg Television, Twitter will stream the debate live tonight from its website and its new Apple TV app — no Twitter account needed. 

As part of the Google-owned streamer's effort to encourage young people to vote, it will also live-stream the debate from several broadcasters and news organizations, including NBC News, PBS, Fox News, The Washington Post, Bloomberg and Telemundo. YouTube says this marks its largest ever effort to stream the debates. Digital outlets Complex and The Young Turks will also provide coverage from the debates via the streamer. 

CBS' live-streaming news service will stream CBS News' live coverage of the debates at as well as its TV and mobile apps. 

While not exactly free, members of Direct live TV service will be able to watch the debates tonight, too. The basic, $20 per month tier offers a live feed of CNN's coverage. Sling currently offers one week free to new subscribers. 

TV Apps
In addition to offering a live feed on its website, NBC News will stream the debate via its apps for Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. ABC News, meanwhile, will offer its coverage on its apps for Apple TV, Xbox One and Roku. The Watch ABC app for Apple TV will also stream the coverage live for cable subscribers. 

Other Live Streams
Several media outlets have promised to carry live streams of the debate tonight, including BuzzFeed News, C-SPAN, The Huffington Post, Politico, The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo.