Cord Cutters Guide to Watching the 2017 Kentucky Derby for Free

May 05, 2017

Can You Watch the Kentucky Derby with Your Antenna?

The 2017 Kentucky Derby is happening on Saturday, May 6th and will be covered on TV from 12:00 p.m. ET to 7:30 p.m. ET. The main race, which is one of the most exciting sporting events throughout the country, will take place around 6:45 p.m. ET.
Everyone gets excited for the Derby, even if you’re not usually a fan of the races throughout the rest of the year. If you don’t have cable, you can still easily watch the Kentucky Derby live. The key to watching the race will be an antenna, and we’ll get into some more details below.

Your Antenna is Your Best Tool to Watch the Kentucky Derby

Your antenna is a great asset to watch plenty of the best programming on television. You can pick out some of the most popular networks like CBS, ABC, FOX, and the one that’ll be helpful during the Derby, NBC.

All of the channels you can get on the antenna can be watched for completely free, since there’s no charge to watch the broadcasts live. In fact, the only cost is the initial investment in your antenna. One of the other great parts about your antenna is that you’ll be watching the Derby in perfectly crisp high-definition picture.

Being able to watch NBC live is critical for the Kentucky Derby. NBC will own coverage starting around 2:30 p.m. ET. That’s when you’ll want to be tuning in, because the coverage of the main race and all of the surrounding events will be taking place. The main race will be taking place around 6:45 p.m. ET, so make sure not to miss out.

Watch Pre-Coverage of the Derby on a Streaming Service

There are a few different ways you can watch the early coverage of the Kentucky Derby without cable. It’ll be broadcast on NBCSN. It’s a great way to get ready for the race and learn a little more about the favorites and odds. If you want the simplest way to watch all the coverage, head to Untangle.TV, plug in your zip code, select NBC and NBC Sports as two of your must-have channels, and it’ll show you the easiest & most cost effective way to watch.

Here are some more details on the various streaming services you can use:

Sling TV

A service offered by Dish Network, Sling TV will let you live stream NBCSN. It’s a part of the “Sling Blue” package, which costs $25 per month. The service is well known for the low starting price and flexible channel packages. You can come close to designing your own channel package based on your preferences. There’s a 7-day free trial you can use to watch the Kentucky Derby early coverage free.


AT&T’s streaming service, DIRECTV NOW, offers NBCSN in its $35 per month starting package. There are about 60 channels in total in the package too, so it’s actually a sizeable enough package to just fully replace your cable subscription. You won’t miss much of your favorite TV with the service. You can use a weeklong free trial during the Derby on DIRECTV NOW as well.


This service is set up to give a ton of streaming options for sports fans. FuboTV has more than 70 channels in the starting package, including NBCSN. The package costs $35 per month and you can test it out free for a week. FuboTV gives you streaming access to some of the best sporting events across the globe and offers a cloud DVR in case you can’t catch a game live.

There are great options to watch the Kentucky Derby during all of the coverage on Saturday. Don’t listen to anyone when they say you can’t cut cable and watch some of the best TV out there. Now, you’ve got no excuse to miss out on any of the excitement!

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