If you have cable, you are probably pretty set to watch the 2016 election results. The major news outlets, including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC have all been airing coverage pretty much all day, and even local broadcasts are getting into the spirit. If you don't have cable, it's pretty easy to access election results in terms of news articles that are being written and updated at the major outlets on a pretty regular basis. However, if you'd like to actually view what is going on live, there are still quite a few options out there, although it certainly depends on what sort of flavor you are looking for.
Let's start with Facebook, because a huge chunk of the population uses that social media service. CNN is already broadcasting live every hour and has plans to do so through the rest of the day. The feed is Facebook Live-oriented, which means it is not continuous, but it is super easy to access and you can check it out here. Meanwhile, Fox News and MSNBC are on top of airing blurb clips---just like a lot of other outlets out there, but it doesn't quite have the same allure as CNN, which is reporting from different battleground locations, live.
Facebook Live is also where late night comedy is going to shine with election coverage as well. The Daily Show will be simulcasting the first part of tonight's Election Day special on the show's Facebook page, with live break-ins every half-hour from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. PT. You can currently head to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's Facebook page to watch the Screaming Booth that's set up for voters to step inside and scream out their election frustration. Samantha Bee, of TBS' Full Frontal, will go live on Facebook tomorrow to talk about the election results with her fans directly.
In terms of major news outlet coverage, MSNBC's Live Election Day coverage requires a login, although there is a separate button for a feed that notes that live coverage starts at 4 p.m. Give it a look here. Fox News also has a watch live component, which can be viewed here, doesn't seem to have any time limits ( at least for the duration I watched) and is already up and running. CBS News is also streaming live coverage without restrictions.
It should be noted that CNN.com actually has a button that will connect any user to watch a live streaming preview, although there is a countdown button that will only allow you to nab about 10 minutes of live TV content before it boots you to a login screen. I should also note that when watching this my coverage cut out twice, which I didn't have any problems with elsewhere. Here's the dreaded login screen that you'll get after your trial is up:
On Twitter, there are a slew of hashtags that users can follow, but if you want to actually stream content, Buzzfeed News has announced it is going live on Twitter and will provide its own election day coverage. Welcome to the modern world of news. That coverage is not expected to start until 6 p.m., though.
There are myriad sites and myriad google searches that will be able to bring you different types of election coverage via the Internet rather than traditional TV, and if we missed any good ones, be sure to let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, happy searching, and we hope you settle down with some nice options for streaming Election Day coverage tonight.