How to watch the Melbourne Cup 2017 online

Alex Kidman 6 November 2017

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The race that stops the nation streamed direct to you.

Australians cannot agree on which football code is superior, but the one sporting event that gains our attention across the nation is the Melbourne Cup.

It truly is the race that stops the nation with workplaces holding sweeps and parties to live up their big wins or drown their sorrows at their losses.

The Cup's traditional Tuesday running means that many of us are at work when it is run, which in years gone past meant lugging hefty CRT TVs into the corner of the office for a quick break to watch the running, or gathering around a dusty radio to simply listen.

That was fine for the 20th century, but in the modern age it's very easy to watch the whole glorious spectacle online, and you've even got a few choices as to how to do so.

What time is the Melbourne Cup on?

The Melbourne Cup 2017 kicks off at Flemington Racecourse on 7 November 2017. The actual race itself will commence at 3pm AEDT, or roughly around that time. It's sometimes harder than usual to get the horses ready.

In terms of other Australian time zones, that's 2pm in Brisbane and Queensland time zones, 2:30pm in Adelaide and Central Australian time zones and 12pm in Perth and Western Australian time zones.

How to watch on Channel 7

As it has done for some time now, Channel 7 will be broadcasting Melbourne Cup coverage online as well as over free-to-air TV. Its online broadcast is via its Plus7 website, which you can access here.

The Plus7 app is available for iOS and Android platforms if you fancy a little table or mobile race streaming, although be aware that data charges will apply for video streaming with the app, which is otherwise free to acquire and use.

How to watch on Twitter

Twitter acquired the rights to stream the Melbourne Cup via its social network last year, and this year it will once again offer a live stream of the race for social-happy punters to view. Its live stream will be accessible from this link.

How to watch on Racing.com

Racing.com offers a live stream of the Melbourne Cup, although you do have to register an account on the site in order to view events on a mobile device. You can sign up at racing.com here.

How to watch if you're overseas

Twitter's feed of the race should be the cleanest way to watch overseas, although some betting sites and services may also offer an authorised feed of the race.

If you're particularly keen on 7Plus, you'll most likely need a VPN installed and running to access its Australian feed if you're on foreign soil on 7 November 2017.

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