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How to watch the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle  1 Week ago

Source:   USA Today  

Americans will have no trouble finding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding playing on a screen nearby on Saturday. The real difficulty will be in avoiding it for those surly few who can't stand weddings or royals or both.

More than 2 billion people around the world watched the 2011 wedding of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London, according to leading British wedding planning app Bridebook. 

Now, with the rise of smartphones and social media, more than 3 billion people are expected to turn to their screens to see Harry, 33, marry his 36-year-old American fiancée. This royal wedding could end up being the most viewed event in history.

Here are some of the broadcast and cable networks' plans, in alphabetical order:

ABC

BBC America 

The U.S. version of the United Kingdom's "The Beeb," the cable channel will air the wedding live as a direct simulcast of BBC One’s coverage, starting at 4:15 a.m ET/1:15 PT). An encore presentation of the wedding will air at 10 p.m. ET/7 PT.

BBC World News

BBC’s international 24-hour news service on Saturday will air the BBC’s wedding coverage starting at midnight ET/9 p.m. PT Friday with pre-wedding content.

Coverage of the wedding will start at 5 a.m. ET/2 PT, when BBC World News will join BBC One's coverage. Then, starting at 9 a.m. ET/6 PT, coverage will continue with a BBC News special about the wedding.  

BritBox

The streaming service of BBC Studios and ITV (the British commercial network) will begin streaming coverage live at 4:25 a.m. ET/1:25 PT, offering the ITV feed of the event. The partnership says its coverage will offer the "authentic British perspective" of the wedding: Everyone you hear will be British, with local accents and the experience of having grown up with the royal family as part of everyday life. For Brits in the USA, it'll be a taste of home.

CBS

CBSN, the network's 24/7 streaming news network, will begin its coverage at 4 a.m. ET/1 PT on Saturday.

CNN

Live coverage will begin from Windsor at 4 a.m. ET/1 PT, anchored by Anderson Cooper, Alisyn Camerota and Don Lemon along with CNN’s royal correspondent, Max Foster, plus royal commentators Victoria Arbiter and Kate Williams, royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith and fashion expert Joe Zee.

The network even signed up a new commentator, Boston University dean Harvey Young, who was Markle’s theater professor at Northwestern University.

CNN’s coverage will be simulcast across CNN/U.S., CNN International and HLN. The coverage will replay at 8 p.m. ET/5 PT on Saturday and on HLN at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT.

E!

Fox News

HBO

NBC

MSNBC coverage begins at 4 a.m. ET/1 PT with Joy Reid anchoring special coverage live from New York City, and Stephanie Ruhle and Katy Tur anchoring on-the-ground coverage live from Windsor.

PBS 

The network will broadcast live coverage from the BBC on Saturday, beginning at 4 a.m. ET/1 PT.  A nightly series of special programs on the British royals started Monday.

TLC

A note on streaming:

You can stream the royal wedding live for free here on USA TODAY and on our social platforms, including YouTube, as well as on the websites or mobile apps of ABC, CBS and NBC. For instance, ABC will live-stream its coverage through ABCNews.com, GoodMorningAmerica.com, their mobile apps and social platforms, starting at 5 a.m. ET/2 PT. You will need to be a pay-TV subscriber to watch on BBC America and HBO. For BritBox, you have to be a subscriber to stream but the first week is free after signing up.

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