Democratic National Convention: What time, channel, who is speaking, how to watch, livestream

What you need to know about the 2020 Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention will begin Monday, but you won’t see party members gathered to cheer the nomination of Joe Biden as the party’s candidate for president.

Instead, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the convention will be coming from remote locations instead of Milwaukee where it was set to be held.

Biden announced last week that he will not travel to Wisconsin, but would instead give his acceptance speech from Delaware. DNC officials say the party’s business will be conducted virtually.

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Primetime keynote speeches will feature former first lady Michelle Obama on Monday, Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, on Tuesday and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday before Biden accepts the nomination in an address on Thursday.

Here is what we know about the convention and how to watch it.

When does it begin?

The convention begins on Monday and continues until Thursday evening when Joe Biden is expected to accept the Democratic nomination for president.

What we know now about the schedule

Each night has a different theme. Here is the schedule:

Monday – “We the People”: The Biden campaign will highlight what they say are the nation’s three major crises – racial injustice, the struggling economy and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday – “Leadership Matters”: Health care workers, small business owners, veterans and activists will highlight the evening aimed at highlighting the differences between Biden and Trump. A DNC official told USA TODAY that the evening will “raise the question, what does leadership mean?”

Wednesday – “A More Perfect Union” will lay out Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan for the economy the pandemic.

Thursday – “America’s Promise”: Biden will accept his party’s nomination as the others speaking that night will talk about his character and his record in Washington.

How to watch

The convention will be streamed by the DNC here when it begins on Monday.

You can download our official 2020 Democratic National Convention apps on your Smart TV or streaming TV device listed below by searching “Democratic National Convention” or “2020 DNC.”

  • Apple TV
  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire TV

You can watch the full live stream on the following streaming service through your Smart TV by searching “DNC”:

  • Amazon Prime Video

You can also view the convention program through the following TV providers.

  • AT&T Uverse (Channel 212/1212 in SD/HD)
  • AT&T DirectTV (Channel 201)
  • Comcast Xfinity Flex (say “DNC” into your Xfinity Voice Remote)
  • Comcast X1 (say “DNC” into your Xfinity Voice Remote)

You can watch the convention on the major broadcast networks from 10 p.m.-11 p.m. ET Monday-Thursday. Cable news networks will provide more than two hours of coverage at night, but their schedules vary.

Who is speaking?

Here is the list of those speaking at the convention and on what day they will appear.

Who is speaking and when


  • Former first lady Michelle Obama
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont
  • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  • House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-South Carolina
  • Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota
  • Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
  • Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security
  • Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama
  • Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisconsin


  • Dr. Jill Biden
  • Former President Bill Clinton
  • Former Secretary of State John Kerry
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York
  • Former US Attorney General Sally Yates
  • Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester D-Delaware


  • Former President Barack Obama
  • Joe Biden’s yet-to-be-announced vice presidential candidate
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts
  • Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, a prominent gun control advocate
  • New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
  • Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers


  • Former Vice President Joe Biden accepts the Democratic nomination
  • Members of the Biden family
  • Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California
  • Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom
  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
  • Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin
  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois
  • Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware