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The Best Apps to Stream the Presidential Inauguration

Are you looking for a way to watch the upcoming controversial 2017 Presidential Inauguration? These apps have got you covered.

On Friday, Jan. 20, President-elect Donald Trump will officially become the 45th President of the United States. The Inauguration Ceremony will take place at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., and Trump’s swearing-in is scheduled to begin at 11:30 AM EST. While the options exist to watch the Inauguration on television or by streaming it online, there are also several free apps for both iPhone and Android operating systems that will allow users to stream the 2017 Inaugural Ceremony directly on their mobile phones.

CBS News

CBSN, a 24/7 digital news station that is part of the CBS News network, will be live streaming the 2017 Inauguration for free through the CBS News app. With real-time updates, reporting, and news with no subscription, the CBS News app is one of the simplest resources for live news coverage.

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Through the YouTube app, users can view live broadcasts from thousands of channels. Many news organizations plan to broadcast the Inauguration on their channels to viewers for free. The Washington Post, Bloomberg Politics, and C-SPAN are just a few of these media organizations to name.

USA Today

USA Today will be live streaming Friday’s Presidential Inauguration in virtual reality with 360-degree camera angles with the use of Nikon cameras. If you have a VR headset or want a more realistic Inauguration viewing experience, download the USA Today app for Android.

NBC News

Live stories can be viewed free of cost with the NBC News app, and content can even be downloaded for the user to view when their mobile device is offline. A screen widget provides an interface of news headlines once the app is downloaded, so you won’t miss a notification about Trump’s Inauguration.


Find tons of live videos through the Facebook Live Map, accessible through the Facebook mobile application. With 1.23 billion active monthly users, individuals or companies in attendance of the Inauguration can easily stream coverage to viewers across the world.


Much like Facebook, Twitter offers users a free interface to share live video. Mediums such as PBS News Hour will stream the event directly on their Twitter account. Following trending hashtags such as #InaugurationDay will allow users of the site to interact and discuss the live event in real time.