2017 Melbourne Cup TV guide: How to watch online and on TV

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There’s a reason the Cup is called ‘The race that stops the nation’, captivating an entire country on the first Tuesday of November.

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As the race closes in, the fancy hats are dusted off for the day and everyone suddenly becomes a racing expect for about six hours.

But not everyone can make it down to the famous Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne to capture the biggest day on the racing calendar in person.

So how can you see the big race if you’re not packed into the crowd?

TV

The Seven Network is back on board to continue their long-running coverage of the event, having covered the richest two-mile handicap race in the world since 2002.

Channel 7 and 7Mate will cover all the racing action and interviews of the main race, but will also tackle the other nine races with live coverage of the entire carnival.

Foxtel will also have coverage on their network, with Racing.com on channel 529 having the live feed of the event.

Foxtel comes at a price if you don’t already have it, setting you back $50 a month for the sports package that will get you all of the racing channels.

Seven will kick off the day at 10am (AEDT) and go through to the news hour at 6pm.

The Roar will keep you up to date and informed on all the times and information as it’s announced closer to the date.

Radio

There’s a plethora of options come race day in the land of radio.

All of the following channels will have, at the very least, live calls of the Melbourne Cup main race at 3pm (AEDT).

Some will cover race results as they come in and others will do the whole day. The page and info will be updated as timing and program schedules are released and updated.

The following stations all have their hands in the broadcasting cookie jar coming into the day:

– RSN Racing & Sport on 927 AM
– 3AW in Melbourne on 693 AM
– Triple M. Sydney 104.9 FM, Brisbane 104.5 FM, Adelaide 104.7 FM and Melbourne 105.1 FM
– ABC Grandstand – local radio – go here to find your frequency
– SEN on 1116 AM

The race that stops the nation is moving to Twitter. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

Live streaming

The Roar will, of course, have all the live highlights, race updates and results throughout the day on the live blog and up to date posts as the Cup rolls on.

In terms of live streaming, SportsBet has made big gains this year in an agreement that will allow them to stream all Victorian thoroughbred racing, including the Melbourne Cup, free to their customers on any device.

But the big live streaming news for 2016 has come from Twitter, with the social media giant announcing they will broadcast a one-hour live stream of the race, beginning at 2:30pm (AEDT).

Twitter will use footage and commentary provided to them by Channel Seven, who will also be running their own live stream on their website for free.

The live stream on Sportsbet’s digital platforms will be available for each race and will begin shortly before the scheduled start time of each race.

The live stream will include commentary from the Racing.com channel.

Racing.com will also be a valid option for live streaming if you’re away from the TV with their Racing+ service, offering live coverage of all races and access to replays.

Similarly, Foxtel have their Foxtel Go and Foxtel Play apps for the same price as mentioned before.

Instead of needing to be at a TV and Foxtel box, you can download the apps onto your phone, tablet or laptop and stream it live from there.

For those of you who managed to get to Flemington, but can’t catch the race due to the sea of bodies lining the fences, you can connect to the Flemington Racecourse wifi and get four channels of live and free streaming and highlights.

This is also an option for those who live nearby and want to mooch off the wifi.

Last updated: 9 August, 2017