How to watch the 2016 Melbourne Cup online

Alex Kidman 24 October 2016 NEWS


It’s the race that stops the nation, and this year your choices for watching online are wider than ever.

The Melbourne Cup is nearly here as part of the Spring Racing Carnival. As the excitement builds, we've rounded up all the ways you can watch the big race on the day.

Broadcast TV

If you’re near enough to a broadcast TV signal, you’re able to watch the race in Australia on Channel 7 at 3pm AEDT on 1 November 2016 via its network stream.

For many of us, however, the pressures of work mean that a TV screen isn’t going to be how we’re able to enjoy the cup.

In years gone by that could have meant going audio-only with a radio stream, and if that’s still your preferred mode there will no doubt be plenty of radio calls of the race. However, this year, there’s a better option.

Online streaming: Twitter dons its fascinator

Twitter announced recently that it has signed a deal with the Victoria Racing Club to broadcast the entire race, including a one-hour segment that kicks off at 2:30pm and concludes at 3:30pm worldwide, excluding China. So for everyone not in China, Twitter’s video stream should be your optimal choice.

It’s not quite your only option, however, as will also offer a live free web service that also streams via its mobile app. You will need to register for an account in order to watch via

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