The Indianapolis 500 is one of the most anticipated IndyCar races year in and year out. The 100th running of the race will take place on Sunday, May 29th at 12:00 Noon ET. Over at CutCableToday, we tried to make sure any racing fans who did not have cable could still watch the Indy 500, so we put together a guide with all of the options for cable cutters.
In the race, which is now set at 33 drivers, there are six previous winners of the Indy 500 including last-year’s winner Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, and Buddy Lazier. Coming into the race, Simon Pagenaud has won three consecutive Verizon IndyCar races, including the Gran Prix of Indianapolis on May 15th. He has not won an Indy 500, but he is looking to continue his hot streak for sure.
Coverage of the race will start early morning and ABC owns the broadcast rights for the entire race. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to watch ABC without cable. Below we touch on some of your options and specifically the easiest ways to watch the Indy 500 on race day.
What: Indianapolis 500
When: Sunday, May 29th at 12:00 Noon ET
Where: ABC, WatchESPN
For those who are seeking to or already have cut cable an antenna is a key asset to have in order to save all that money on your cable bill while still watching some of your favorite shows or sporting events. For example, it is likely the best and most affordable way for cable cutters to watch the Indy 500. And, other than the cost of purchasing your antenna it costs absolutely nothing to watch TV. No monthly fees, subscriptions, or maintenance costs needed.
The antenna picks up over-the-air broadcasts from channels like ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. So, as the Indy 500 is being broadcast on ABC you can tune in right on your TV. The picture comes in incredibly as well, since it is uncompressed high-definition without any interference. To be honest, the picture I receive on my antenna is much crisper and clearer than the HD I used to receive from my expensive cable package. It is certainly the easiest and most affordable way to watch the race live on the big screen!
The one hang up for cable cutters watching the race are the crazy blackout rules. If you live in the Indianapolis area you are going to be blacked out from watching the race live. It will ultimately be broadcast on a tape delay. Hopefully, sooner or later these rules will change.
Find out what type of antenna would work best for you where you live.
Another option for cable cutters to watch the Indy 500 is popular cable alternative, Sling TV. Dish Network owns the subscription service that lets you watch popular cable channels live streaming as if you were accessing them with your cable package. Sling TV starts at $20 per month and has no contract similar to other subscription services like Netflix or Hulu. The starting package gets you access to more than 20 cable channels including TBS, ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, CNN, AMC, and A&E. Sling even offers a package that lets you watch FOX online, as well as FS1 and FX.
ABC is not actually included on Sling TV (unless you live in certain markets), but you can still watch the race thanks to the simulcast on ESPN3. The simulcast has 12-in car camera choices and will be broadcasting the race live. Sling TV has an agreement with ESPN that you can login to WatchESPN with your Sling TV login and get full access to all the channels included like ESPN3, ESPNU, and several others. You can watch the race on your phone, tablet, computer, or TV with a device like Roku or Amazon Fire TV.
Unfortunately, similar to the antenna, the blackouts for the race apply to the simulcast on ESPN3 as well. So, local Indianapolis residents would be forced to watch on a tape delay.
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