Inauguration Day 2009
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Last updated 20 January 2009 8:30 AM

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Even if you can't join the million-plus people planning to be in Washington, DC, for Barack Obama's inauguration on January 20, you can watch it on TV, listen to it on the radio, or watch it online from your computer, or see it on the big screen in a movie theater.

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See the Inauguration Day Schedule to learn when various events take place.


All the major broadcast and cable networks will be carrying the inaugural ceremony live, starting at 11:30 AM. Most will carry the parade after the ceremony and lunch.

International viewers -- CNN International will broadcast the inauguration ceremony live; local times will vary around the globe.

A few special broadcasts to note:


You will be able to listen to the ceremony, live, on your favorite NPR station. Other NPR shows will either have an inaugural focus or will be preempted for special coverage.

Streaming (Internet)

The Presidential Inauguration Committee web site will offer a live stream of the inauguration ceremony on its main page starting at 11:00 AM ET. Simply go to (Information about this viewing option is detailed on the Inaugural Committee blog. You will need to have installed Microsoft's Silverlight on your computer to watch this stream.)

Livestation is a free internet TV service whose partners (C-SPAN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Euronews and more) are providing special coverage today. Two ways to view -- on the Livestation web site or by downloading the Livestation application.

The Senate Inaugural site will offer two feeds. An audio description one starting at 11:00 AM and a full-video feed starting at 9:30 AM.

Major news and other web sites will offer live streaming video and audio of the ceremony. Details are starting to appear, but not for all networks. Stay tuned here for links and information as they becomes available.

Movie Theaters

Several movie theater chain will be showing the inauguration on the Big Screen. If you're in one of these cities, you can get a free ticket to watch the ceremony: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Hartford-New Haven, Houston, Los Angeles, Louisville (KY), Memphis, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Providence, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington (DC), and West Palm.

And if you're in Arizona or California, you can see the inauguration at selected UltraStar Cinemas sites. To reserve a seat, e-mail with full name, total number of guests and the name of the movie theater attending or visit for more information.

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