Don’t Miss the 2024 Kentucky Derby: Here’s How to Watch

The 150th Kentucky Derby 2024 gallops into Churchill Downs on May 4th, marking the start of another thrilling Triple Crown series. While the iconic Louisville atmosphere is a draw, not everyone can make the trip. Fear not! NBC and Peacock have you covered with comprehensive live coverage, bringing the heart-pounding race and its surrounding festivities straight to your screen.

Dive into expert commentary, thrilling race replays, and insider access, all while enjoying the convenience of watching from the comfort of your home. Don't miss a second of this historic event – scroll down for the complete Kentucky Derby 2024 dates, timing schedule, and tips to ensure the ultimate viewing experience.

Which Channel to Tune In To Catch the Kentucky Derby Live?

Tune in to the 2024 Kentucky Derby live on NBC and stream it on Peacock! Catch additional horse racing action, including Road to the Derby races, on CNBC and USA Network. FanDuel TV offers live Derby Week programs, while Spanish-language coverage is available on UNIVERSO.

Complete TV Viewing Schedule of the 2024 Kentucky Derby

Attention racing fans! Mark your calendars for the Kentucky Derby 2024 dates! Staying true to tradition, the "Run for the Roses" will take place on the first Saturday of May – this year falling on May 4th. Get ready for all the excitement and pageantry surrounding this iconic event.

Event Date Time (ET) Channels
Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw Saturday, April 27 7:15 p.m. YouTube
Thurby coverage Thursday, May 2 11:00 a.m. FanDuel TV
Kentucky Oaks early coverage Friday, May 3 11:00 a.m FanDuel TV
150th Kentucky Oaks Friday, May 3 1:00 p.m USA Network, Peacock
Kentucky Derby early races Saturday, May 4 Noon USA Network, Peacock
150th Kentucky Derby Saturday, May 4 2:30 p.m. NBC, Peacock

Top Contenders for the Best TV Plans to Watch the Kentucky Derby 2024

For the most comprehensive Kentucky Derby 2024 viewing experience, Peacock reigns supreme. It streams the main event live, plus key prep races like the Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby, Blue Grass Stakes, and Santa Anita Derby. Traditionally, these races require a TV provider with CNBC and USA Network. But with Peacock, you can catch them all for a budget-friendly starting price of $5.99 per month.

Alternatively, if you have an antenna, you can tune into your local NBC station for free (assuming it airs the Derby coverage in your area). This one-time purchase eliminates monthly fees, but make sure to verify NBC availability in your location before relying solely on this method. For more free viewing options, check out our dedicated section below.

TV Providers Guide: Where to Watch the Kentucky Derby

Most major TV providers carry the Kentucky Derby thanks to NBC, CNBC, and USA Network being common channels. Our table below highlights which services offer coverage of the "Run for the Roses."

Provider Price Details
Cox $61.00–$152.00/mo.
DIRECTV $69.99–$159.99/mo.
DISH $84.99–$114.99/mo.
Optimum $35.00–$125.00/mo.
Spectrum $69.99–$74.99/mo.
Verizon $85.00–$129.00/mo.
Xfinity $20.00–$80.00/mo.

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  • Is it possible to stream the Kentucky Derby online?
    Absolutely! You can catch the Kentucky Derby online through Peacock or any live TV streaming service offering NBC. Additionally, existing cable and satellite TV subscribers have the option to stream the Kentucky Derby via or the NBC Sports app. Check out the Kentucky Derby 2024 dates above.
  • Will the Triple Crown no longer be broadcast on NBC?
    One of the Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes, shifted to FOX in 2023. However, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes will continue to be televised on NBC and Peacock.
  • Is the Kentucky Derby available for free on Peacock?
    No, the Kentucky Derby cannot be watched for free on Peacock. You will require one of Peacock's premium subscription plans (starting at $5.99 per month) to access live coverage from Churchill Downs.