The Kentucky Derby is one of the most iconic events in US History. Ever since it began in 1875, it’s drawn nice visitor numbers, which peaked at 170,000 attendees in 2015. But sadly, the Covid-19 pandemic places innumerable restrictions on event activity, especially on events as huge as the Kentucky Derby. The derby was postponed and rescheduled from May 2, 2020, to September 5, 2020, for the first time since world war II. Most desired an in-person event with spectators, but eventually, it was moved online. Fortunately, the derby can still be “attended” live online. This article will discuss the varied options for a person to view the Kentucky Derby this year.
What is Kentucky Derby 2020?
The 146th running Kentucky Derby 2020 is known as the most exciting 2 minutes in sports which is America’s greatest thoroughbred horse racing event on the world’s most legendary racetrack in Louisiana, Kentucky.
When is Ky Derby, what time does it start?
This year’s Kentucky Derby will be presented on September 5 starting at 2:30 to 3 PM Eastern by Woodford Reserve and still in the city of Louisville, Kentucky, but it will not be open to spectators. Fans will be glued to their in-home entertainment systems, televisions, or devices of any sort to observe this event.
Kentucky Derby 2020 Post Time?
Tentative Time 6:50 PM ET on NBC on Saturday, September 5, 2020
Kentucky Derby 2020 Schedule
Covid-19 restrictions still prove to be a minimal barrier to online viewership. Here is a small preview of the derby’s schedule. From Monday, August 24 to Tuesday, September 3rd, you can watch the derby horses conduct a workout session early in the morning at 7 AM EST. You can also watch the races from September 1st to September 5th throughout the day.
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Ky Derby TV Schedule
The first option discussed is the option to view the Kentucky Derby on television. On your television, you can view the exciting events of the Kentucky Derby on Fox Sports 2 from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm on September 1st, 12:30 to 6 pm from September 2nd to 3rd, and 11:00 am to 2:30 pm from September 4th to September 5th. NBC also covers events from September 4 and 5 from 3 to 6 pm on the former and 2:30 to 7 pm on the latter. NBC Sports Live Extra also provides additional information and several significant opportunities to view the derby online. It will certainly be very interesting to observe these events on television instead of in personal glory, but it will definitely be organized well by the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs.
How to watch online without cable?
What if you do not have cable? The cable can be quite costly, and sometimes, it is a lot easier to observe media on our mobile devices or laptops for the advancement of portability and ease of access. Never fear, you are still quite covered! If not on TV, the Kentucky Derby also streams some of the events of the derby on its Facebook page and other forms of social media. But if you aren’t able to visit social media, you will certainly be able to watch the events via subscription services, apps, and more. This post will also cover how to access streams from the Kentucky Derby outside of the cable, and also how to view the events of the derby outside the United States.
- YouTube TV is one option to watch online. YouTube TV costs $49.99 a month, but it provides quality channels and other additional shows to watch. The derby will be streamed live, and you’ll have the opportunity to observe the events of the derby in very nice quality and real-time.
- Sling TV also provides a fantastic opportunity to spectate this event. Sling TV’s base service is only $30 a month, and you can add additional service for a total of $45 a month. It is a very nice service at a fair cost.
- A more unheard of service is fuboTV. fuboTV is a lot more expensive than its competitor sling TV, as it charges $54.99 per month for its base package compared to Sling’s $30. It is still a fair choice to view live streams.
- AT&T TV prices even more than fuboTV, at between $60 and $80 per month. AT&T is still very popular (AT&T is a well-known brand) so it could still be an option for you to view the Kentucky Derby events live.
- And finally, HuluTV – easily one of the most popular of the five. Hulu costs around $10 a month, but to view the derby, you will need to pay for Hulu TV – around $50 a month. Another worthy subscription to own.
Onto a separate method, but nonetheless very popular – streaming to a mobile device. The Churchill Downs Racetrack app is the way to go here. You can also place bets in this app. To set it up on Android, simply navigate to the Play Store and search for the app. Click download, and in-app, you can find a calendar of events, any updates, live streams, etc. On iOS, similarly simply, find the app within the app store, download it, and look around the app for any key features. You will be able to watch the events of the derby live.
Now, if someone is outside the US and wants to watch the derby, s/he can find all the necessary details below. Air times, channels, and access points will be discussed in detail.
UK TV Schedule
In the UK, you can watch the events of the Kentucky Derby around 10 pm on September 5 to midnight on September 6. The derby can be seen, as it has been for quite a few years, on the Sky channel, which is pay-to-view (subscription-based). The ATR Player is the method to view the derby on the Sky channel, and it costs 9.99 pounds per month.
Start Time Australia
In Australia, Kentucky Derby activities can be viewed on television. Australia has 3 main time zones, so this post will cover time for Sydney time (AEST, Australia Eastern Time). Australians can tune in to their televisions at around 9 am AEST the next morning (September 6) if they want to spectate derby events at the best possible time, but they would not be able to access NBC. Using a VPN, this can easily be circumnavigated. Sling TV is also a popular option.
Stream Kentucky Derby in Canada
Canadian viewers can see the Kentucky Derby as well. Similarly to Australia, Canada has multiple time zones (six). In particular, for Canadian Eastern Time (time zone in Montreal and Toronto), the Kentucky Derby can be viewed at the same time as viewers in the United States. Grab some popcorn and flip on your television. Sling TV is also a popular option.
To summarize, the Covid-19 pandemic did stop the Kentucky Derby from entertaining spectators in person and live, but it cannot stop viewership entirely. The entertainers and coordinators behind the Kentucky Derby and those at Churchill Downs have been able to schedule an airing of the events of the derby on television (cable), subscription services, and in-app/social media. Spectators across the world will certainly be able to observe the derby and have just as much fun and entertainment as if it were in person. If you are uncertain as to how to watch the derby and its events, scroll through to find any important information for your country, including times, channels, and more!