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State of the Union coverage starts at 8pm ET tonight!

Plan ahead for the special night of coverage on the air and online

As you likely know by now, special MSNBC coverage of President Obama's State of the Union address tonight begins at 8 p.m. ET. Helmed by Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews, coverage will run through midnight with Chris Hayes, Reverend Al Sharpton, Kasie Hunt, Steve Kornacki and MSNBC contributors Steve Schmidt, Robert Gibbs, Michael Steele, Eugene Robinson, and Victoria DeFrancesco Soto. We also look forward to hearing from Andrea Mitchell, Ed Schultz, Luke Russert, and José Díaz-Balart, and that's not to mention the many guest legislators who will be joining in as well.

If your desire to watch tonight's coverage represents a minority share of the interest in how the TV is deployed in your particular household, FEAR NOT! You can watch it streaming online on your computer and most mobile devices.  Go to and connect with your cable provider login. If you have cable, you have a login, whether you realize it or not. If you haven't sorted through the business of doing that yet, this is a good time to get it done - you won't regret it.

And as long as you're planning ahead, keep a browser tab open to Throughout tonight's address you'll see prompts for your reaction. The place to register that reaction will be through that Pulse page.

And while you're live-streaming and live-reacting (pulsing?), if you're also live-tweeting, has a team watching the #SOTUis hashtag for tweets to feature during the broadcast.

And lastly, but certainly not leastly, for those of you (us) who want to stay just a little bit longer, Chris Matthews will host a special episode of Hardball from midnight to 1 a.m. ET.