President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20 has been highly anticipated for a wide variety of reasons, but if you're unable (or unwilling) to attend in person, you can still tune in. In fact, you don't even need a television, because viewers can stream the inauguration on Twitter this year as part of a partnership with evening news broadcast PBS NewsHour. So even if you don't feel like battling the crowds, which are expected to contain a mixture of supporters and protesters alike, it's possible to watch what's guaranteed to be a controversial event.
In the weeks leading up to the inauguration, organizers have had a highly-publicized struggle to find willing entertainers to perform in Washington, D.C., and initially, turnout was anticipated to be low. On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that 200 buses had applied for city parking on Jan. 20, but at least 1,200 had applied for Jan. 21. That's the day of the Women's March on Washington, a protest expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people demonstrating against the Trump administration.
Even aside from the controversy, the inauguration will be an historic day as it marks the beginning of a new era in American politics. If you're planning on watching, here's what you need to know about Twitter's streaming coverage.
According to the Daily Dot, Twitter announced on Thursday that it would stream the event on Jan. 20. Coverage begins that morning at 11 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. ET.
The live stream will be hosted by NewsHour managing editor Judy Woodruff, along with correspondents John Yang and Lisa Desjardins. According to PBS, there will also be a panel of guests including New York Times columnist David Brooks, chair of the American Conservative Union Matt Schlapp, and interim director of GW's Graduate School of Political Management Lara Brown.
Over the course of the day, the live stream will cover the swearing in of Trump and his running mate Mike Pence, the Inaugural Address and Parade, and Trump's arrival to the White House.
PBS is Twitter's exclusive live streaming partner for the event. However, most major news sites are hosting online coverage, and on Thursday, YouTube announced it would provide a live stream as well. Basically, coverage is so widespread you'd be hard-pressed not to catch the inauguration.