How to stream the Kentucky Derby live: watch the race from anywhere

Live stream Kentucky Derby 2018

It's Derby day! The 'Run for the Roses' is back at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, with fan-favorites and European upstarts all eyeing that Derby win. This year marks the 144th annual Kentucky Derby, widely known as the most bet-upon horse racing event in the calendar.

But betting is no fun unless you're watching along (or, to be fair, winning, and we're going to tell you how you can live stream all of this year's action, wherever you are in the world.

Kentucky Derby - where and when?

Beaming in from the Churchill Downs race course in Kentucky, the Derby is going to be shown on NBC if you live in the US. 

The main event kicks off Saturday May 5 at 6:46pm ET (15:46pm PT, 23:46pm BST) with a post time a little over ten minutes before that. Coverage does start at 2:30pm ET (11:30am PT, 19:30 BST) on the Saturday if you don't want to miss a single second of the action. 

Morning line favorite Justify, fresh from its Santa Anita Derby win will undoubtedly be drawing a large crowd and big bets; the Bob Baffert-trained beauty is running on odds of 3-1. Given that the last five editions of the Derby have been won by the favorite, all eyes are on Justice. 

Coming up right behind him is Mendelssohn at 5-1, hoping to be the first horse trained in Europe to ever win the Kentucky Derby, and take home the lion's share of that $2 million prize purse.

Whoever wins, there's sure to be a large crowd in attendance, with estimated crowds of over 100,000 people making their way to Louisville, Kentucky to the infamous Churchill Downs. 

If you don't fancy braving the crowds, standing out in the changeable weather, or even if you're not in the country, fear not, because here you'll find out how to watch the Derby from anywhere in the world. 

How to watch the Kentucky Derby 2018: US live stream 

If you live in the US, you'll be wanting to tune in to NBC where there's coverage of the whole event, including Saturday's prep, red carpet, and then the Derby itself.

If you prefer to watch the race on your computer or laptop, remember that the whole event will be streamed live online at nbcsports.com/live starting at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT on Saturday May 5.

For those on the go, NBC will stream this year’s Derby on mobile via the official NBC app. It's worth noting that with both of these options you will have to sign in using your cable provider’s information for full access.

If you've got a cable subsription but happen to not be in the US when the Derby takes place, the best way to get access to your feed is by using a VPN. Below you'll find all the information on how to download and use a VPN to watch the race.

1. Download and install a VPN
If you don't have easy access to watch the 2018 Kentucky Derby in your country, the best way to watch it is to download and install a VPN. We've tested all of the major VPN services and we rate ExpressVPN as the absolute best. It's compatible with all of your devices, supports most streaming services and ranks amongst the fastest. You can even install it on devices like an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox and PlayStation. So for a one-stop shop, you can't go wrong with Express - but there are more fantastic VPN options out there as well:

The best 3 VPNs for streaming sports online
1. ExpressVPN:  the best all-round VPN for streaming, comes with 30-day trial
2. NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great choice for streaming
3. VyprVPN: blazing speeds make VyprVPN a great choice for 4K video

2. Connect to the appropriate server location
Simply open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location - it's super easy to do. Choose US to stream the 2018 Kentucky Derby on NBC using the link below.

3. Go to nbcsports.com/live

This year's Run for the Roses will be streamed right on NBC's website and with a VPN you can watch it live from anywhere in the world - just so long as you have those crucial log in details.

How to watch in the US without cable

If you don't have a cable subscription, fear not, because there are other options that will allow you to watch NBC without having to subscribe to it. To make the entire process simple for you, we've listed three of our favorite options below:

  • DIRECTV NOW $50 per month - DIRECTV NOW gives users all the channels needed to watch the racing and loads of other sporting events. Use DIRECTV NOW’s 7-day trial will let you test out the platform.
  • Sling TV $40 per month - Sling TV is an inexpensive way to watch sport. Sling TV is compatible with Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One, Chromecast as well as lots of other devices and its easy to get started with a 7-day free trial
  • fuboTV $19.99 for the first month - fuboTV has a low introductory price though after that the price goes up to $44.99 a month and includes 70 channels. There's a 7-day trial available so you can test out its functionality for yourself.

How to watch the Kentucky Derby 2018: Canada live stream

If you're wanting to tune in to the Kentucky Derby 2018 from Canada, you'll want to head over to TSN. For the Derby on Saturday you'll want TSN 1 at 4pm.

Much like your American counterparts, TSN offers a desktop viewing experience at TSN.ca, and through the official TSN app. Again, like your neighbors to the south, you'll need a subscription in order to watch this way.

How to watch the Kentucky Derby 2018: UK live stream

If you're in the UK and fancy a flutter on the US version of the Derby, then you can watch with a Sky TV (or Virgin Media) subscription. You don't need to upgrade to a Sports package to enjoy the action, as it's on the At The Races channel, which is available to all Sky TV subscribers.

If you're a despairing non-Sky user who just wants to watch the racing without the hassle and cost of a full subscription, you can subscribe to the At The Races Player instead. It costs £9.99 per month, and let's you access the action on phone and tablet via its apps as well.

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