If you're still undecided on who to vote for this year, or you can't handle missing the latest primetime verbal brawl between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, you'll need to watch the last debate on Wednesday, Oct. 19. It's all but required if you're going to show your face in the office the next day. What pre-event stunts will Trump pull this time? Is Clinton going to bring up the recent allegations against Trump, all of which he has vehemently denied? For many viewers, one option for watching the last presidential debate might be an Apple TV.
First, you'll need to set up the device of course and then head to the App Store. On the main menu you can use the remote to toggle to the App Store logo. It should be familiar if you have an iPhone or a Mac — and if you have an Apple TV. Then when you've entered the App Store, you'll have to make a decision as to which app (kind of like a channel but with more offerings) you're going to download.
ABC News, CBS News, and CNN all have Apple TV apps that offer live streams of events like this. CNN just redid their own, for example. Then when the debate is on, you'll have to find your way to the live streaming portion of the app. For cable channel apps, you might need to enter the password from your cable or satellite provider.
Another option is to find a stream on your computer, iPhone, or iPad. The debate is airing on every broadcast and cable news channel almost, including C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, plus CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and MSNBC. Many of them are streaming the debate on their websites too or on YouTube. If you find a stream on one of your Apple products, you can use the feature called AirPlay to send it to the Apple TV, which then displays it on your TV set.
It's really not difficult. First make sure that the devices are on the same WiFi network. From an iPhone or iPad, swipe up to find the control center where you control things like Bluetooth and Airplane mode. Click on the AirPlay button and it will find your Apple TV. It works nearly the same way on your computer, except you look for the AirPlay logo on the upper menu bar. It's a rectangle screen with a triangle cutting through the bottom. Click that and it will let you mirror your screen all wirelessly.
That all said, if you have cable or satellite, that might be another option. It's also broadcast over the air for free. So if you have an antenna, that's another potential solution. But whatever you do, just make sure that you've found a way to watch by 9 p.m. ET. You don't want to miss the beginning, especially since a handshake is still not guaranteed.