How to Watch the Indy 500 Live Stream (2023)

Catch every crazy auto racing moment in Indianapolis

The Indianapolis 500 is one of the biggest events of Memorial Day Weekend. If you want to catch every moment of the exciting IndyCar action, you can stream the whole event to your computer or laptop, or take it outside on your phone or tablet.

Race Details

Date and Time: May 28, 2023

Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN

Channel: NBC

Stream: NBC, IMS Livestream

How to Stream the Indianapolis 500 From NBC

NBC has the broadcast and streaming rights for the Indy 500. That means you can catch the race on your local NBC station, stream it through NBC Sports, watch through a streaming service (scroll down for a variety of options and free trials), or catch the action through the official Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Livestream.

If you have a cable or satellite subscription, but you prefer to stream to your computer or laptop instead of watching on your television, you can use the NBC Sports live streaming website to get free access to sports events to which NBC has the rights.

You can use the NBC Sports live streaming website on your Windows, macOS, or Linux computer or laptop, with any modern web browser, as long as you have a high-speed internet connection and a cable or satellite subscription.

When you visit the official NBC Sports site, you'll see what seems to be a free live stream of the race. This is just a free preview, and it only lasts for a few minutes. If you want to lift the free trial video restriction, you need to log in through your cable or satellite provider or find someone who is willing to lend you their password.

Here's how to stream the Indianapolis 500 through NBC Sports:

  1. Navigate to the NBC Sports Indianapolis 500 site. The player will load, and then the Indianapolis 500 live stream will activate as soon as the even goes live.

    A screenshot of the Indianapolis 500 Live Stream on NBC Sports.

    If the above link doesn't work on race day, navigate to the NBC Sports Live site, and verify that the race is live. If it is, you'll be able to access the stream from the main NBC Sports Live site.

  2. If your preview runs out, and you have a cable or satellite subscription, you can scroll down and click VERIFY NOW.

    A screenshot of NBC Sports.
  3. Select your cable or satellite provider.

    A screenshot of the NBC Sports TV provider selection screen.
  4. Log into your cable or satellite account.

    A screenshot of the NBC Sports DirecTV provider login screen.
  5. The live preview limit will be removed, and you'll be able to stream the entire event.

Which Streaming Services Include the Indianapolis 500?

The best way for cord-cutters to stream the Indianapolis 500 is to use a television streaming service. These services are similar to cable and satellite television, in that they offer live access to the same channels, but they use an internet connection instead of a cable or satellite television provider.

Each of these services offers some type of free trial, so this is a good way to stream the Indianapolis 500 for free. You can get a one-month free trial of Hulu, for instance, or a week of fuboTV free.

These are the most popular streaming services that give you access to the Indianapolis 500:

  • Hulu with Live TV: NBC is available in most markets through this service, but there are still markets where it isn't available.
  • YouTube TV: This service has the second widest coverage for NBC.
  • DirecTV Now: You don't need DirecTV to use this service, despite the name. It's available to everyone in the United States, but it doesn't offer NBC in every market.
  • Sling TV: NBC is available in a handful of large markets through this service. The price is good, so it's worth checking out if your area is included.
  • fuboTV: This service focuses on sports-related channels, but NBC is only available in select markets.

Streaming the Indianapolis 500 on Mobile Devices, Streaming Devices, and Consoles

In addition to streaming on your desktop computer or laptop, you can also use the same methods to stream the Indianapolis 500 on mobile devices, like phones and tablets. You can also watch on your television through a streaming device, like the Roku or Apple TV, as well as gaming consoles.

If you have a cable subscription, you can stream the Indianapolis 500 through the NBC Sports app. If you subscribe to a streaming service or sign up for a free trial, you'll need to download the app for that specific service.

Here are the apps you'll need to stream the Indianapolis 500 through NBC Sports or Hulu:

We're including links to the NBC Sports app and the Hulu app since Hulu With Live TV has the widest NBC coverage. Each of the other streaming services also has its own apps if you opt to go with one of them.

Is There Any Other Way to Stream The Indianapolis 500 for Free?

In addition to the official stream from NBC, and the streaming services that carry NBC and NBC Sports, you can also catch some of the action for free directly from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website.

A screenshot of the official IMS Live Stream of the Indy 500.

If you want to watch the official stream, all you have to do is visit the IMS Livestream site on race day.

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