Joe Biden: This is how you follow the inauguration on TV or stream


Joe Biden
How to watch the inauguration on TV or stream

Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20th.

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On January 20, the new US President Joe Biden will be inaugurated. You can watch the ceremony on stream and TV here.

The world is eagerly awaiting the inauguration in the United States. The ceremony on January 20, 2021 marks the beginning of the term of office of the new US President Joe Biden (78, "Promise me") and his Vice President Kamala Harris (56). The whole thing is accompanied by festivities at which pop superstar Lady Gaga (34) will sing the US anthem, the "Star-Spangled Banner".

The new President's term of office begins at 12:00 noon (Eastern Standard Time), which is 6:00 p.m. German time. The new head of state of the United States then – or a few minutes later – takes his oath and gives his first speech in the new office. Here is a selection of ways to watch the spectacle live.

Live reporting on German TV and online

"Weltspiegel extra: Joe Biden – America's new President" can be seen on the first from 5:15 p.m. The inauguration will be broadcast live on the show. Experts also take a look back at the past four years with Donald Trump (74) and classify the expectations of Biden. Claudia Buckenmaier will moderate. Andreas Cichowicz then leads through the "Focus: The new US President" at 8:15 pm. Among other things, the effects of the change of power on the USA and Europe are to be examined here. Viewers can watch the programs either on TV or via the ARD media library – and the corresponding app (iOS / Android).

The ZDF reports on the inauguration in the program "ZDF heute live" from 6:00 pm in the live stream and in a "ZDF special: America's new president – turning point with Joe Biden?" from 7:25 p.m. Among other things, there should be switching to correspondents in Washington and discussions with experts. In addition, current reports should be published in "heute" (7:00 pm) and "heute journal" (9:45 pm). You can switch on on TV, in the stream in the media library and via the ZDF app (iOS / Android).

The news channel n-tv is planning to broadcast several editions of "News Special: Change of Power in the White House" starting at 12:30 pm, in which experts, politicians and correspondents, among others, will give their assessments. Between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., the broadcaster then reports in "LIVE: Change of power in the White House". Interested parties can also tune in here via television, in the stream on the homepage or via the in-house app (iOS / Android).

The news channel WELT will also be reporting live on the inauguration from 4:00 p.m. – until at least 10:00 p.m. US correspondent Steffen Schwarzkopf as well as reporters Nancy Lanzendörfer and Daniela Will are connected from the United States, in the news studio in Berlin the whole thing is accompanied by Lena Mosel, Carsten Hädler and Marie Przibylla. Julius van de Laar, an expert on US politics, is also there. Once again, the reporting can be seen live on TV, online and via the corresponding app (iOS / Android).

Phoenix shows "Phoenix on site: Change of power in the White House" from 2:00 pm. The moderator Sara Bildau welcomes the USA expert Prof. Sabine Sielke as well as the publicist and political scientist Andrew B. Denison. Moderator Michael Krons will lead through the evening until 8:00 p.m. with political scientist Prof. Christiane Lemke and journalist Erik Kirschbaum, among others. From 9:00 p.m. the "phoenix on site" continues. It can be activated on the broadcaster's website, on television and via the app (iOS / Android).

A 35-minute "RTL Aktuell Special: Change of Power in the White House – USA in Alarm State", presented by Charlotte Maihoff, awaits RTL viewers from 5:55 pm. Should there be protests, the station wants to extend the format to 6:45 p.m. Then follows the new edition of the main news program "RTL Aktuell", which should also be about the inauguration. The ProSieben "Newstime" (6:00 pm) and "SAT.1 Nachrichten" (7:55 pm) should also report. In addition, from 5:25 pm, a "ProSieben Special LIVE: Joe Biden becomes US President" can be seen, moderated by Viviane Geppert (29) and Steven Gätjen (48). Streams via browser or app are available for the respective stations – sometimes for a fee – at "TVNow", "Joyn" and via services such as "Zattoo" and "".

Documentaries and a big US special

The reports are loosened up with numerous documentaries and a big TV special in which countless stars will take part. At 8:15 pm the documentaries "The Secret Service – Personal Protection for the President" follow on n-tv and at 10:10 pm "The White House – Power Center of the USA". Arte will show "Joe Biden – The Portrait" from 10:10 pm.

Meanwhile, the ZDF is broadcasting "Auslandsjournal – die doku: Comeback for America?" from 10:15 pm and "Donald first – Trump's attack on America" ​​from 10:45 pm. That night "Auslandsjournal – die doku: American Dreams" followed at 12:45 am and "Trump's Legacy – The Torn America" ​​at 1:35 am. Meanwhile, Phoenix will present "Tops and Flops in the White House – America's Presidents" at 8:15 pm and presenter Alexander Kähler will invite guests to a "phoenix round" from 11:30 pm.

In the USA there will also be a big TV special in which both Harris and Biden will have their say again. The show is hosted by Oscar winner Tom Hanks (64, "Forrest Gump"), guests such as Jon Bon Jovi (58), Justin Timberlake (39), Demi Lovato (28), Bruce Springsteen (71) and Eva Longoria (45) welcomed. The special is called "Celebrating America" ​​and will be broadcast by the stations ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC from 02:30 am German time. The whole thing is available in the stream via YouTube, Twitch, Twitter and Facebook, among others.