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Kentucky Derby 2022: How to Watch Live or Stream Today's Race Without Cable

Time to gallop over to your TV.

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Sarah Lord covers TVs and home entertainment. Prior to joining CNET, Sarah served as the tech and electronic reviews fellow at Insider, where she wrote about everything from smart watches and wearables to tablets and e-readers. She began her career by writing laptop reviews as an intern and subsequent freelancer at Tom's Hardware. She is also a professional actor with many credits in theater, film and television.
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It's finally here: that long-awaited first Saturday in May, when the 148th Kentucky Derby will draw about 165,000 spectators to Churchill Downs. 

Zandon is the favorite horse in this year's race, with 3-1 odds. Epicenter (7-2), Messier (8-1) and Mo Donegal (10-1) round out the top horses. You can see all of the Derby odds here.

If you won't be wearing fancy hats and sipping mint juleps at the race track, you can watch the Run for the Roses from home. The 2022 Kentucky Derby takes place today and will be broadcast on NBC. Here's how you can watch live without cable.

horses race along a fence at Churchill Downs

The 148th running of the Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 7. 

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When does the Kentucky Derby start?

The Kentucky Derby takes place today, May 7. TV coverage begins at 12 p.m. ET on USA Network and then continues on NBC and Peacock from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET. 

Post time is set for approximately 6:57 p.m. ET (3:57 p.m. PT).

Read more: How to Stream MLB Baseball in 2022

How can I watch the Kentucky Derby on TV?

If you don't have cable, you still have plenty of options. The least expensive that doesn't require streaming is to connect an over-the-air antenna to your TV and watch your local NBC station.

If you're streaming on a PC, phone or tablet you can watch on NBCSports.com, Peacock Premium or the NBC Sports app.

You could also check out a live TV streaming service, all of which offer free trials. Not every service carries your local NBC station, however, so check the links below to make sure.

Peacock, owned by NBC, offers some live sports to go along with its on-demand entertainment. The $5-a-month tier gives you access to the Kentucky Derby, English Premier League soccer, the Olympics, Sunday Night Football, select WWE events, Indy Car races and some PGA golf tournaments. The service also airs a few other less popular sports, such as rugby, figure skating, track and field and cycling.

Read our Peacock review.

Sling TV's $35-a-month Sling Blue package includes local NBC stations, but only in a handful of markets, and USA Network.

Read our Sling TV review.

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes NBC in most markets and USA Network. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.

Read our YouTube TV review.

Hulu with Live TV costs $70 a month and includes NBC in most markets and USA Network. Click the "View channels in your area" link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.

Read our Hulu with Live TV review.

DirecTV Stream's $70-a-month Plus package includes NBC and USA Network in most markets. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live.

Read our DirecTV Stream review.

FuboTV costs $70 a month and includes NBC and USA Network in most markets. Click here to see which local channels you get.

Read our FuboTV review.