SOTU Live Stream | Watch the 2020 State of the Union Speech

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The State of the Union Address is a yearly speech delivered by the President in front of a Joint Session of Congress. Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, Supreme Court Justices, and dignitaries attend the speech on the House floor while guests invited by the President and senior members of Congress view the speech from the House gallery. The Speaker of the House and Vice President sit directly behind the President during the speech.

A typical State of the Union Address will have the President going over how they feel about the state of affairs in the country  and what they hope to accomplish in the coming year. Topics can vary depending on a number of factors, namely whether the country is at war and the state of the economy, but the speeches almost uniformly try to exude an upbeat assessment of the state of affairs in America. There is no time minimum or limit for a State of the Union Address, but they typically last between 60 and 90 minutes. 

Every broadcast and cable news channels air the State of the Union Address and the response delivered by a member or members of the opposition party of the President. Cable news channels have extensive pre and post debate political coverage while broadcast channels have more limited coverage surrounding the speech.

Broadcast Network (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS) tv plans carrying the State of the Union Speech

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U-verse TV5$19.0013$110.00263
Cox2$25.0034$69.99118
DirecTV6$35.0099$110.00276
Spectrum TV3$44.99147$84.99287
Xfinity3$49.99147$104.99238
Dish Network4$59.99138$89.99203
Verizon Fios3$74.99158$89.99260

Cable News channels (CNN, CSPAN, MSNBC, Fox News, FOXB) tv plans carrying the State of the Union Speech

TV Service Provider# PlansLowest# ChansHighest# Chans
DirecTV6$35.0099$110.00276
Spectrum TV3$44.99147$84.99287
Xfinity3$49.99147$104.99238
U-verse TV3$55.00170$110.00263
Dish Network4$59.99138$89.99203
Cox1$69.99118
Verizon Fios3$74.99158$89.99260
AT&T TV Now4$93.00101$135.00164

ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX all air the State of the Union Address and opposition response in their entirety along with a small amount of pre and post speech political coverage, while CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, among others, air extensive coverage leading up to and at the conclusion of the speech and opposition party response. 

The four broadcast channels air predominately politically neutral commentary and cover the speech from a purely apolitical perspective while the cable news channels vary in their political biases. 

CNN has journalists, commentators, and experts from across the political spectrum on air before and after the speech where they discuss it from all political angles while Fox News covers the speech from a conservative point of view and MSNBC covers the speech from a liberal point of view. However, all three channels have well known personalities opining on the address and how they think it played in homes across the United States.

Previous SOTU Speaking Engagements
SOTU Speeches
Donald Trump 2020 State of the Union Address
Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union Address before a Joint Session of Congress, the last of his first term as President. Trump's speech was his most partisan SOTU yet, awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh and offering pointed criticism of the "radical left" at various points throughout the speech. At the end of the speech, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is shown ripping the copy of her speech in half as Trump waved to those in attendance.
Donald Trump 2019 State of the Union Address
Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union Address as President in front of a recently sworn in Congress that saw the House of Representatives taken over by the Democratic Party. The speech lasted over 80 minutes long, making it the third longest State of the Union Address in history. It was also postponed for weeks due to a prolonged government shutdown over his demand for funding his long promised wall along the southern border with Mexico.
Donald Trump 2018 State of the Union Address
Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union Address as President in front of a Joint Session of Congress. Trump used the speech to discuss his agenda as President and touched on number of topics including immigration, the opioid epidemic, his handling of the economy, and national security. He also asked Congress to work together to pass immigration reform, specifically funding for his long promised border wall along the US-Mexico border.
Donald Trump 2017 Joint Address To Congress
Donald Trump delivered his first Joint Address to Congress just over one month after being sworn into office. The new President used the speech to call for a healing of divisions in the nation after the bitter 2016 Presidential election and to lay out his agenda to the American people. Trump spent a large part of his speech on the issue of immigration and crime, but also tried to strike a more conciliatory tone than usual.