Tuesday night is President Obama’s final State of the Union address, as he leaves office a year from now. This year, the White House plans on pulling out all the stops for making the speech available to as wide an audience as possible. Along with the usual TV, radio, and Internet sources, the speech will also be available on demand on Wednesday through Amazon’s video services. Additionally, the White House now has a Snapchat account, offering extra elements alongside the speech.
Amazon’s an interesting choice, given it’s not a video service usually associated with political coverage. Still, it offers Internet users and cord cutters one more source to watch.
While Snapchat’s popular (at least among younger people), it doesn’t seem like the first place one would think of for political speech coverage. Of course, the fact Snapchat is popular among a young audience might be a reason for the White House to try to reach that audience. Yes, it’s also an election year—some Snapchat users are also potential voters.
If you’d like to stream Obama’s State of the Union address live, below are some cord cutter-friendly choices. The State of the Union will be broadcast live Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 9 PM Eastern Time.
- The White House’s website.
- PBS will stream the address live.
- YouTube will also stream the speech live.
- Of course, the traditional commercial broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) will stream the speech on their respective sites.
- For those looking for streaming audio, NPR will provide radio coverage of the address.