How to Watch the Kentucky Derby (2023)

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

The Kentucky Derby is on NBC, so you can watch it 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 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.

Race Details

Date: May 6, 2023

Time: 2:30 - 7:30 PM ET

Riders Up: 6:31 PM ET

They're Off: 6:50 PM ET

Location: Churchill Downs

Channel: NBC

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, 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 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 loads and the Kentucky Derby is available when the event goes live.

    NBC Sports.

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

  2. If your preview runs out and you have a cable or satellite subscription, scroll down and click Verify Now.

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

    NBC Sports.
  4. Log in to your cable or satellite account.

    NBC sports.
  5. The live preview limit is removed, and you can 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. Check this service first, and move on if they don't cover your area. Get a free trial of Hulu here.
  • YouTube TV: This service offers the second widest coverage for NBC, so check it next.
  • DirectTV Stream: Formerly AT&T TV Now, this service has deals with many 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. Try fuboTV with a free trial now.

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. 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 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

  2. Click the Play button.

    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.

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.

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. Everything else that surrounds the race, including the festivities that go on throughout the day, can only be watched on NBC streams.

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