Tuesday, 05 November 2019 07:35

How to watch the 2019 Melbourne Cup live online, free

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The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation, and watching online is a great alternative to watching on TV, so what are your options?

Ok, so you can watch the Melbourne Cup on Channel 10 at 3pm AEDT, 2.30pm Adelaide, 2pm in Brisbane and midday in Perth today on Tuesday 5 November, and it'll be on in every pub and club across the nation.

But if you're out and about, have a broken TV antenna or some other issue, and want to watch rather than listen to a terrestrial or streaming radio broadcast, then you've got a few options.

Channel 10 is the televisual partner for the cup this year, replacing Channel 7 with a five year contract, while Sky Channel on Foxtel is the place to go for subscription TV fans.

Channel 10's coverage starts from 10am, with the link to the 10Play website for PC, Mac and Linux users here. and the direct link to the Melbourne Cup Carnival page here.

You need to sign up for 10Play if you haven't already - it's free and the username and password are what you'll need to use to log into the 10Play app for iOS and Android devices, which you can get from the App Store and Google Play stores respectively.

You can also get the 10Play app on Apple TV, Android TV, Freeview, Fetch, Telstra TV, Samsung TV and Xbox One, with links to the right places here

You can also watch via the Racing.com site and accompanying app for your smartphone or tablet, and the usual array of betting sites such as Ladbrokes, SportsBet, BetEasy, PointsBet, Unibet, Betfair, Neds, Betstar and others have a stream, with the caveat usually being that you need to sign up to those services and have some more in the account.

Just search for any of those names in your relevant app store and you'll find them, but with 10Play and Racing.com being free services, you don't need to tempt yourself with an online betting app if you don't want to.

So, there are plenty of ways to watch the race that won't break the Internet, but will stop the nation from 3PM AEDT, so may your flutters be fortunate whether you're in Melbourne, an office cup sweep, an afternoon function or watching whichever way takes your fancy.

Finally, as Luke Skywalker never said – may the horse be with you, because as Yoda never pointed out about the first Tuesday in November, strong the horse with this one, is!

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