October 2nd, 2012
07:19 PM ET
2 years ago

New CNN debate digital experience allows viewers to play TV producer

(CNN) - On Wednesday night, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will be going head-to-head, trading policy points and political “zingers” while trying to convince the American public to choose them as the next president.

But if you missed that stunning one-liner or didn’t fully understand the detailed explanation of stimulus, deficit reduction and supply-side economics, there is a new CNN tool to allow you to view, replay and share your favorite clips on-the-fly.

This year, viewers at home and on mobile will have a chance to play TV producer, capturing, editing and sharing clips of their top debate moments live, while the debate is going on, via the new CNN Debate experience on the web and on the iPad tablet at CNN.com/debates.

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Beginning with this week’s first Presidential Debate in Denver and available for all four debates this month, CNN will offer viewers the full televised debate online — including the pre-game and post-game/spin room activity — streaming five hours of coverage each night via a full HD player. Viewers can fast-forward, rewind and pause the debate from anywhere they have an internet connection, using on-screen controls similar to your home DVR.

Then, viewers will be able to edit the debate feed as it happens and share short video clips directly from their browser to their friends via Facebook and Twitter. In addition to CNN’s live TV programming, CNN.com’s readers will also have access to the full closed caption text with the live, real-time debate feed.

For an example of how to use the new debate experience, CNN’s Brianna Keilar explains here. Then, when the debate coverage begins Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET, go to CNN.com/debates for the full digital experience.

Tune to CNN for Wednesday's presidential debate coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET on CNN TV, CNN.com and via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android.


Filed under: 2012 • Presidential Debates
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Marcelo

    You know, at some point, all the creative user interactions and graphics you guys create just becomes a distraction from the actual news you're trying to communicate. Am I listening to the news and the message? Or am I too busy watching Wolf Blitzer sling a holographic window across the newsroom floor to another anchor like a game of shuffle board? Or am I playing producer while not even listening to the news? Good times. Forget Google Play store; try the CNN Play Store!

    October 2, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. Borderless

    Ok, yes CNN is extremely biased toward Obama. That said, they have by far the best election coverage. (I'm not including the holographs in that argument. That was pretty silly.) Congratulations CNN for continuing to make the news fun, interactive and interesting. Now stop trying to win the election for Obama.

    October 2, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    This good only when you watch on your computer or wi-fi smart tv. Obama12

    October 2, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. CBR

    What will they think of next? We can have all sorts of remarks taken out of context now. Perhaps we all need to vote before these debates even begin. It is a test to see which man has spent the most time formulating their answers to improve their standing.

    October 2, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. real. ja.

    i am good at predicting elections, get ready for a november shocker. romney wins BIG. 300 +

    October 2, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. wwjessedo

    As the producer, I have chosen not to display the entire "debate"... instead I will be asking Jill Stein and Gary Johnson to a debate and I'll probably show a clip of Gary Johnson crowd surfing after his speech tonight.

    October 2, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |