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How to watch, live stream and follow the Democratic National Convention

Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, on the stage at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where the convention convenes on Monday.
Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, on the stage at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where the convention convenes on Monday. Associated Press

Democrats will take over Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center — home of the 76ers and Flyers — this week to nominate Hillary Clinton for president.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be there. A slew of Hollywood celebrities will appear on stage and around town.

Oh, and bars hosting convention-related events will serve alcohol until 4 a.m., according to the Wall Street Journal.

But we digress.

If you’re going to watch the convention from afar, here’s what you need to know. The convention runs Monday through Thursday.

The detailed lineup

DNC website:

How to watch

Here are CNET’s tips on how to watch online and on TV:

▪ Download the official DNC mobile app. CNET says it’s the easiest way to follow along. It will provide coverage from the opening to closing remarks, an events calendar, blogs from Philadelphia and video on demand.

▪ The DNC’s official YouTube channel will carry coverage, too. The convention’s website will also live stream the event.

▪ Google will live stream the convention — watch on a laptop, desktop or mobile — using 360-degree cameras.

▪ Twitter will live stream CBS News’ convention coverage. Twitter will annotate the coverage with real-time, convention-related tweets.

▪, the gamer video-streaming service, will live stream the convention, “so you can switch over to Pokemon Go live channels when things in Philadelphia get slow,” says CNET.

▪ Most of the major networks and cable news networks will carry prime time events live; many will stream on their websites and apps. CNN plans 24-hour cross-platform coverage.

▪ PBS and NPR are collaborating on live prime-time coverage from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m Central time each night.

▪ C-SPAN will provide coverage of every minute. And it will air the convention using Facebook Live between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Central time from its own Facebook page.

▪ Bing will live stream the convention.

▪ Cord cutters can also stream using PlayStation Vue, available on Roku, Amazon Fire, iOS devices and others, according to Cut Cable Today. CBS All Access will also stream the convention.

The speakers lineup

Monday: “United Together” theme. First lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Latino activist Astrid Silva, a DREAMer, an undocumented immigrant who came to the United States as a child.

Tuesday: “A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families.” Former President Bill Clinton and the “Mothers of the Movement” — the mothers of Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and other African-Americans who have died in high-profile incidents in recent years.

Wednesday: “Working Together.” President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Traditionally, this is the night the vice presidential candidate speaks. Clinton’s running mate is U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine from Virginia, who grew up in Overland Park.

Thursday: “Stronger Together.” Chelsea Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is also on the speakers list, but the timing of her speech has not been announced.

Celebrity attendees

The Republicans had two soap opera stars and Twitter-fodder Scott Baio. In Philly? No two ways about it, the Democrats will have much more star power, as they usually do.

Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, “Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn, “Desperate Housewives” actress Eva Longoria, actress/model Chloë Grace Moretz, America Ferrera and Lena Dunham will appear on stage, Time and ABC report. Debra Messing of “Will & Grace” fame will also be on hand.

Many other celebrities will appear at events around town over the four-day event, according to The Toronto Star.

Snoop Dogg will headline a “Unity Party” after the convention ends on Thursday. Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz and DJ Jazzy Jeff will perform at a concert for delegates. Cyndi Lauper and Broadway star Idina Menzel will sing at a congressional women’s luncheon. Fergie will headline a charity benefit.

George Takei will appear at a concert hosted by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ gun control group. Bryan Cranston will be special guest at a private lunch for Clinton.

Late-night coverage

Late-night talk shows had their way with the Republicans last week. Now, it’s the Democrats’ turn to feel the burn, er, comedic fire.

Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah will be at it again, according to USA Today.

HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” will air special half-hour live episodes beginning at 10 p.m. Central time Wednesday and Thursday.

Meyers on NBC’s “Late Night” plans to add a live show after the final session on Thursday, as he did on the last night of the Republican gathering.

Colbert’s “Late Show” on CBS will again air live shows from New York Monday through Thursday and air segments taped in Philly.

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” will tape episodes Tuesdays through Fridays. Thursday’s episode will be live at 10 p.m. Central time.