How to watch the Melbourne Cup 2015 online

Alex Kidman 2 November 2015

How to stream the race that stops the nation.

It’s Melbourne Cup week, and for many of us that means huddling around a TV screen screaming on our horses of choice. To do that, though, requires you to be at a venue with a TV at the time of the race.

If that’s your choice, Channel 7 has the current free to air broadcasting rights for the Melbourne Cup. Foxtel will also broadcast the race on its Sky Racing 1 channel if you're a subscription TV watcher.

Sadly work or other responsibilities often beckon, meaning that being near a TV is not a practical matter. That means that if you’ve had a flutter, or just want to watch the race, you’re going to need an online stream.

The good news here is that Channel 7 is using the rights it holds to Melbourne Cup broadcasts to officially launch all of its channels as live streams.

You can watch 7’s live stream from here when the race beckons. The stream works on Windows PCs, Macs, iPhones and Android devices. If you're having trouble viewing the stream from outside Australia, you might need to use VPN software.

Foxtel has its own IP services across Foxtel Go and Foxtel Play, but will not be streaming the Melbourne Cup live across those services.

Picture: Chris Phutully, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (image cropped)


Where can you bet on the races online?

What's the Melbourne Cup without a fun flutter? These online gambling sites are taking bets on the Melbourne Cup.

While gambling can be a fun and entertaining activity for many, for some it can become an addiction with devastating consequences. If you think you might have a problem with gambling, you are not alone and there is help available.

$500 bonus bet with Centrebet

Join Centrebet and make a deposit to get up to $500 on your first bet. Excludes residents of NSW, VIC, WA, SA. Conditions apply.

Claim up to $200

William Hill will match your first bet (up to $200) as a bonus bet. Excludes residents of NSW, VIC, WA, SA. Conditions apply.

Get up to $150 for your first bet

Join Sportsbet.com.au and receive a bonus bet offer up to $150. Excludes residents of NSW, VIC, WA, SA. Conditions apply.

Get up to $250 in bonus bets

Get up to $250 in bonus bets at Ladbrokes. Excludes residents of NSW, VIC, WA, SA. Conditions apply.


What are the dangers of betting online?

Gambling is a popular pastime in Australia with many adults occasionally dabbling.

Much the same as drugs and alcohol, gambling stimulates the senses. Gambling addiction, or pathological gambling, is characterised by feelings of stress, depression and anxiety, with addicts reporting that the compulsion consumes every thought. Problem gamblers spend much more time gambling than on other activities, or that they can afford. The addiction can quickly lead to psychological conditions, relationship breakdown and financial ruin.

Research suggests that online gambling is potentially even more addictive and dangerous than traditional gambling. Some reasons for this theory point to the fact that online gambling is much easier to hide, online gambling sites are accessible anywhere the internet is, and access to finances are just a ‘click’ away.

Online gambling is also harder to regulate, leaving gamblers more susceptible to dodgy practices and online fraud, and friends and family might not notice anything’s wrong, until its already too late.

If you think you might a problem with online gambling, or if you are worried about a loved one, there are a number of government and NGO services and resources available to those who need it.

  • Australian National 1800 Gambling Helpline – call 1800 858 858
  • G-Line Helpline – call 1800 633 635
  • National Gambling Help – visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.

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