Watch Kentucky Derby Live Stream

The 143rd annual Run for the Roses, also known as the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky this year is held on May 6, 2017. The two minutes of 20 horses racing for a $2 million guaranteed winning purse is probably the most exciting time in sports. If you are one of the many who can’t make it to Churchill Dawns, here’s how you can watch Kentucky Derby live stream online.

When is the Run for the Roses 2017: 6 May, scheduled at 6:34 p.m. ET
Kentucky Derby Week: 3 May – Post Position Draw, 4 May – Derby Access, 5 May – Kentucky Oaks 143, 6 May Kentucky Derby Undercard
Minimum 2017 Kentucky Derby Purse: $2M
Value of Kentucky Derby Trophy: Estimate $200K
Price of a General – Admission Ticket: $60
Expected Attendees of Kentucky Derby 2017: 170K
How Many Female Attendees Expected to Wear a Hat: 90%
Cost of a High-end Kentucky Derby Hat: $500 – $1000

Watch Kentucky Derby live stream
Which Channel is Showing Kentucky Derby?

If you are interested in watching the Kentucky Derby live but are unable to go down to the Churchill Dawns, then you can stream it online. Many broadcasters are going to stream this race online. Here is a list of sites that will be streaming Kentucky Derby live online:

  1. USA – NBC
  2. USA – TwinSpires TV
  3. Canada – TSN
  4. Australia – ESPN
  5. South America – ESPN
  6. Central America – ESPN

Most of these channels require existing cable or paid subscription. However, further, in this article, we will be sharing some of the best ways to watch Kentucky Derby for free.

Also, these channels are geographically restricted, therefore to watch it outside of the area where it is available; you will need to change your IP address. Continue reading how you can change your IP address and watch Kentucky Derby live stream online with a VPN service.

How to Watch Kentucky Derby Live Stream Online with a VPN?

VPN service is the best tool that allows changing your IP address. By changing your IP, you can access websites and services that are unavailable in your location. Therefore, it is the best way to unblock geo-restricted content including sites that allow streaming of Kentucky Derby.

Before I go into details on how to use a VPN to unblock sites, you need to decide which channel you will try to access for Kentucky Derby live stream.

For example, if you are living somewhere in the United Kingdom and want to access NBC which is available in the USA then you will need a VPN service with servers in the United States. If you are in New Zealand and want to access TSN which is available in Canada, then your VPN service needs to have servers in Canada.

Once you determine which channel you will go for, you need to get a VPN service with servers in a country where the streaming service is available. Now that you know which channel you will try to access and you have a suitable VPN service, here are steps on how to watch Kentucky Derby live stream online with a VPN:

1. Sign up for a VPN with servers in a country where the Kentucky Derby streaming service is available
2. Install VPN software on your device
3. Sign in and search VPN server in a location where the streaming of the channel is available
4. Select and connect to a VPN server
5. Visit the streaming site, log in or sign up if necessary
6. Enjoy Kentucky Derby live stream from anywhere in the world.

VPN service allows unblocking any sites and content from around the world.

How to Watch Kentucky Derby Live Stream Internationally

Now that you know which are the best streaming sites for Kentucky Derby and how to access it, I will share with you more in details about each channel and availability.

How to Watch Kentucky Derby Online in the USA

In the USA, the official Kentucky Derby broadcaster is NBC. However, to access NBC, you either need to have a paid television service through your cable TV, satellite or telecom provider.

Live Stream Kentucky Derby on NBC

You can watch Kentucky Derby live stream online also on TwinSpires TV in the United States. TwinSpiresTV is an online wagering site and the official betting site for Kentucky Derby. It combines superior video quality for experienced as well as new handicappers.

TwinSpiresTV is free to sign up and use. However, it is only available for the US citizens with social number living in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Outside of these states, TwinSpires is unavailable.

Other alternatives are Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue or fuboTV. All of these services provide relatively cheap subscription rate for live global TV channels including NBC. All of these services allow you to sign up for a free trial which lets you watch Kentucky Derby live stream for free.

Unfortunately, these NBC and other mentioned streaming services currently are available only in the USA. Therefore, to gain access from outside of the USA, you need to change your IP address to the US.

Where to Watch Kentucky Derby Online Streaming in Canada

In Canada, official Kentucky Derby live streaming channel is TSN. Unfortunately, TSN live stream is only available to people with existing TV service provider. If you are a cable TV subscription owner in Canada, then you can head down to TSN website and sign in with your TV service provider to enjoy Kentucky Derby live stream in Canada.

Unfortunately, TSN is only available for stream for people residing in Canada. Therefore, if you are traveling abroad, then you can access TSN from outside of Canada with a VPN service.

How to Watch Kentucky Derby Online in Australia

In Australia, Kentucky Derby live stream is available on ESPN. You get access to ESPN with Foxtel and fetchtv.

Both Foxtel and fetchtv are requiring paid subscription and are only available to users in Australia. Therefore, if you are traveling outside of Australia, you will need a VPN service to change your IP to Australia and unblock your ESPN access.

Kentucky Derby Live Stream without Cable TV

Most of the previously mentioned TV channels that show Kentucky Derby require to have an existing cable TV subscription. However, if you are interested watching the Kentucky Derby race online then here we have a few alternatives to cable TV subscription.

Sling TV

Sling TV is an online streaming service that offers many global live TV channels including NBC. To get Sling TV, you don’t need to sign a long term subscription contract. With Sling Blue, you will be able to watch Kentucky Derby live stream on NBC and NBCSN only for $25/month.

Watch Kentucky Derby on Sling TV

Furthermore, Sling TV offers a free trial for seven days to its new customers. Therefore, it allows you to watch Kentucky Derby online for free.

However, Sling TV is a US-based streaming service. And unfortunately, it is unavailable outside of the USA. If you wish to access Sling TV from outside of the US, then you need a VPN service with servers in the United States. Select and connect to a US VPN server, and head down to Sling TV website to watch Kentucky Derby online.


fuboTV is a newer online media streaming service. It also provides access to NBC and NBCSN where you can watch Kentucky Derby, undercard and pre-race. For only $35 per month, you get access to more than 45 global TV channels including sports channels like Bein Sports, FX, NBA TV, FS1 and many others.

Also, fuboTV offers a free 7-day trial to its new subscribers. And just like Sling TV, it is also only available in the USA, therefore, to unblock it outside of the United States of America, you need a reliable VPN service with servers in the US.


DIRECTV is another excellent online streaming service that offers more than 60 live TV channels without a cable subscription. Furthermore, DIRECTV NOW allows NBC streaming in selected markets in the USA for $35 per month, and it doesn’t require long-term subscription contracts like cable TV providers.

Stream Kentucky Derby online on DIRECTV NOW

Similarly, like fuboTV and Sling TV, DIRECTV also isn’t available outside of the US. Get a VPN service and unblock DIRECTV from abroad.

How to Watch Kentucky Derby Online For Free

If you want to save some money and don’t have cable TV access to the channels that let you watch Kentucky Derby online, then you may be looking for some free options. Therefore, we recommend signing up for streaming services like Sling TV, fuboTV, and DIRECTV NOW where you can get a free trial which allows you to stream Kentucky Derby free online.

However, if that isn’t an option then here are a few potential free Kentucky Derby streaming sites:

Stream2Watch is one of the most popular online sports streaming sites. It provides entertainment from global cable TV and satellite channels. It offers links to global sports events. Furthermore, you can stream videos on most of the devices and operating systems. Before you use Stream2Watch, make sure you have a secure VPN connection.

LiveTV is a free streaming service that allows watching most of the popular sports from around the world. You can access Kentucky Derby live stream links on LiveTV half an hour before the event begins. As LiveTV provide copyrighted content free of charge, therefore it might be illegal in most parts of the world. We advise using a VPN service to watch Kentucky Derby live stream online on LiveTV.

Kentucky Derby Live Stream on Kodi

There isn’t any official Kodi add-on that we know of that allows Kentucky Derby stream online. However, based on some of the past events, you may try out some of these Kodi add-ons for Kentucky Derby stream:

  1. Sanctuary
  2. SportsDevil
  3. BBC iPlayer
  4. ZemTV
  5. cCloud TV
  6. Pro Sport
  7. Phoenix


The biggest horse racing event is approaching, 143rd Kentucky Derby is happening on the first weekend of May. If you aren’t able to go down to Churchill Downs, then we recommend watching it online. Kentucky Derby live stream is available on NBC in the USA, TSN in Canada, and ESPN in Australia. Also, Sling TV, fuboTV, and DIRECTV NOW are great options to watch Kentucky Derby online. However, if you are looking for free options, then Stream2Watch and LiveTV are the best bets out there. However, make sure to use a VPN when streaming Kentucky Derby online for free.

Author: Inga

I’m a freelance writer living in Canada. Highly interested in topics on technology, online surveillance, and censorship. Love traveling and outdoor activities.


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