How to Watch the Kentucky Derby Live Stream

Don't miss the fastest two minutes in sports just because you cut the cord!

Horses racing at the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

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The Kentucky Derby is on NBC again in 2019, so you can watch if for free if you have a local NBC station and an antenna. If you're a cord-cutter, and you either can't or don't want to watch the free over the air broadcast, you also have several options to stream the event over the internet.

The official NBC Sports stream of the Kentucky Derby offers a short trial viewing period, and you can also catch the race on a streaming service like YouTube TV or Sling TV.

Date: May 4, 2019
Time: 2:30 - 7:30 PM ET
Riders Up: 6:31 PM ET
They're Off: 6:50 PM ET
Location: Churchill Downs
Stream: NBC

How to Stream the Kentucky Derby from NBC

The Kentucky Derby is broadcast over the air, for free, by your local NBC station. That means you can watch it for free with a television and an antenna. If you have a cable or satellite subscription, or you're able to borrow a friend or family member's login information, you can also stream the race through NBC Sports.

The NBC Sports stream is accessible through any modern web browser, and there is also an NBC Sports app that you can download for your phone, streaming device, or even game console.

NBC Sports only allows you to watch for free for a few minutes. The only way to remove this restriction is to log in through a cable or satellite provider. If you don't have a cable subscription, this isn't an ideal method. Your free trial may run out during the race if you open the site too soon.

Here's how to stream the Kentucky Derby through NBC Sports:

  1. Navigate to the NBC Sports Kentucky Derby streaming site. The player will load, and the Kentucky Derby will be available when the event goes live.

    A screenshot of NBC Sports.

    NBC only offers a short live preview. If you have a cable or satellite subscription, you can use that the remove the time limit.

  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 the NBC Sports Kentucky Derby site.
  3. Select your cable or satellite provider.

    A screenshot of NBC Sports.
  4. Log into your cable or satellite account.

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

What Streaming Services Include the Kentucky Derby?

If you're a cord-cutter, the best way to stream the Kentucky Derby is through a television streaming service. These services are a lot like cable, and they provide live access to many of the same channels, but they are accessed through the internet.

  • Hulu with Live TV: NBC is available in most markets through this service, but most isn't in all. Check this service first, and move on if they don't cover your area.
  • YouTube TV: This service offers the second widest coverage for NBC, so check it next.
  • PlayStation Vue: This is a great service if you have a PlayStation 4, but you can also use it on your phone and through the web browser on your computer. It has decent NBC coverage.
  • DirecTV Now: This service is operated by DirecTV, but it's completely separate. It has deals with a lot of NBC stations, so it's worth trying if you haven't had any luck yet.
  • Sling TV: NBC is available in very few markets from this service, but the price is good. If your area is covered, Sling TV is worth trying out.
  • fuboTV: This is another service that has deals with some NBC stations, but not very many. It also has a lot of sports channels.

Streaming the Derby on Mobile, Streaming Devices, and Consoles

You can stream the Kentucky Derby on mobile devices like phones and tablets, and also on streaming devices like the Roku as well as gaming consoles. All of the same services that stream the Kentucky Derby on your computer are also available for these devices.

Here are the apps you'll need to stream the Kentucky Derby through NBC Sports:

How to Stream the Kentucky Derby Audio For Free

NBC sports radio stations broadcast coverage of the Kentucky Derby, and you can listen in for free through the Horse Racing Radio Network. You won't be able to watch through this method, because it's literally a stream of a radio broadcast, but it does allow you to catch the action for free if you don't have any other options.

Here's how to stream the Kentucky Derby audio for free:

  1. Navigate to horseracingradio.net.

    A screenshot of HRRN.
  2. Click the Play button.

    A screenshot of the HRRN Listen Live page.

    The player is surrounded by banner advertisements and may be difficult to locate. Look for the HRRN logo with a play button superimposed over it.

  3. If you don't see the play button, or the audio doesn't play, make sure that your Flash player is updated.

Is There Any Other Way to Stream the Kentucky Derby for Free?

In addition to the Horse Racing Radio Network, you can also stream the Kentucky Derby on any NBC sports radio stream through any radio streaming site. If you have an NBC sports radio station in your area, you can also listen with your radio, and you may be able to listen through that station's website as well.

The other way to listen to, or even watch, a free live stream of the Kentucky Derby is through a sports betting site. The official site endorsed by the Kentucky Derby is Twinspire. If you have a membership, these sites typically allow you to watch a live feed of races like the Kentucky Derby straight from the track.

When you watch a race like the Kentucky Derby through a betting site, you only get to watch the race itself. Everything else that surrounds the race, including all the festivities that go on throughout the day, can only be watched on NBC streams.

Full 2019 Kentucky Derby Schedule

The race itself might only last two minutes, but there's a lot of action that surrounds that fastest two minutes in sports. The two day period preceding the Kentucky Derby features the Kentucky Derby Classics, Kentucky Derby Access, the Kentucky Oaks Race, then finally Kentucky Derby Prep and the Kentucky Derby itself.

Here's the full Kentucky Derby schedule for 2019:

Date Event Time Broadcaster
May 2 Kentucky Derby Classics TBA NBC Sports Network
May 2 Kentucky Derby Access TBA NBC Sports Network
May 3 Kentucky Oaks Race TBA NBC Sports Network
May 4 Kentucky Derby Prep 12-2:30 PM ET NBC Sports Network
May 4 145th Kentucky Derby 2:30 - 7:30 PM ET NBC