How to Watch the Kentucky Derby on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, & More

On May 5th, 2018 the 2018 Kentucky Derby gets underway at 6:46 PM Eastern. The best news is you don’t need cable TV to watch the Kentucky Derby. Not only will NBC air the race for free over the air with an antenna but you can also even stream the events on devices like Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and more.

Here is how you can watch the Kentucky Derby as a cord cutter.


Hulu with live TV subscribers will have full access to NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby both live and on demand. Not only will you get access to the events but for some smaller sports, the on-demand version will appear before it airs on a cable network. To top it all off Hulu will also allow you to customize your 2018 Kentucky Derby. You will now be able to pick just the events you want to watch and skip the rest.

If you are a Hulu on-demand subscriber you can add Hulu’s live TV service for just $32 a month.

Sling TV

Sling TV is the least expensive option. You will need the Sling TV Blue package and the News add-on for a total of $30 a month. With that, you will get every channel that will air the Kentucky Derby.

Sling TV does offer a 7-day free trial that will let you test out the service before you pay for it.


fuboTV has recently added many NBC locals and it has a special deal starting at $19.99 a month for the first month—a great deal to test out its live TV streaming service.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV starts at $40 a month and includes in most areas your local NBC channel. You can sign up for YouTube TV here.

PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue also starts at $40 a month and in many areas includes NBC local affiliates. The best part is right now they are offering a 14-day free trial.


If you are an AT&T Unlimited Subscriber, you can get DIRECTV NOW for just $10 a month. AT&T gives AT&T Unlimited Subscribers $15 off DIRECTV NOW allowing you to get their $35 a month plan for just $20 a month.

DIRECTV NOW offers a 7-day free trial allowing you to test out DIRECTV NOW before you pay.


To find out if you can get NBC free over the air, check out There you can see if you need an indoor or outdoor antenna to get NBC. You can also use a device like a Tablo DVR to stream your antenna to your Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and more.

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