State of the Union 2016: how to watch online

The final State of the Union address of President Barack Obama’s time in office is set for Tuesday, and there are a plethora of ways you can stream the speech.

Obama is doing things a little differently for his last SOTU. Breaking tradition, the president will look beyond an agenda for the coming year and instead focus on the issues facing the US and globe for years to come. In that vein of mixing it up, the White House Office of Digital Strategy is offering several new ways to watch and engage as the speech is happening live.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is also among the special guests who will be sitting in the First Lady’s box, a sign we should get a decent amount of tech talk during the president’s speech.

Obama’s speech from the halls of Congress will be streamed live, including for the first time on Amazon, and available for several days after – on the proper platform that is. It’s set to begin at 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am GMT Wednesday, so read on for ways to tune in.

State of the Union on White House website

As it has been for years past, the State of the Union will be streaming live from the White House website.

You can head to when the speech starts for the stream. Up now are a video of Obama reflecting on the last seven years in office as well as reflections and policy updates on some key areas, such as the Economy, Climate and Foreign Policy.

State of the Union on YouTube

It feels a bit odd to call it so, but ol’ reliable YouTube is of course streaming the State of the Union. You can head to the White House channel on your phone, tablet or computer to catch the speech live at 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am GMT.

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State of the Union on Amazon

For the first time ever, the State of the Union is headed to Amazon Video. You can stream it on-demand as it’s happening live. We’ve asked Amazon whether the speech will be viewable in all regions Amazon Video is available, and will update this article when we hear back.

But the SOTU fun doesn’t end on Amazon after Tuesday. The streaming service will continue to make the speech available from Wednesday through the end of the week for US citizens to watch. You can also fire up the speech on your Amazon Fire TV.

State of the Union on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more

The White House just joined Snapchat, so you know the team there is ultra hip on the social media front.

That is abundantly clear with plans to play video excerpts from the SOTU on The White House Facebook and Twitter accounts in real-time. Look for photos on The White House Instagram, GIFs on Tumblr and looping vids on Vine.

All of these platforms are in full SOTU-preparation mode, posting a tone of videos and photos in the hours leading up to the big speech. Check them out for a behind-the-scenes look at preparations and some videos featuring Obama himself. And to get really amped for tomorrow, check out the SOTU supercut below.

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