The Preakness Live Stream: How to Watch Online without Cable

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The Preakness race will take place on May 21st at around 6:00 p.m. ET. Want to watch The Preakness live stream?

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Following Nyquist’s victory at the Kentucky Derby everyone has been looking forward to the Preakness. It will take place on Saturday May 21st and coverage will be on NBC Sports and NBC throughout the afternoon. The actual race will begin at around 6:20 p.m. ET on NBC. American Pharoah’s Triple Crown last season makes the Preakness even more exciting to see if Nyquist can get one step closer to delivering back-to-back Triple Crowns.

There are multiple options out there to watch the race and pre-race analysis throughout the day even if you do not have cable. Below we highlight the best ways to watch the Preakness live stream either on your TV or your computer, so keep reading to find out more!


Watch the Preakness Online by Subscribing to PlayStation Vue

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PlayStation Vue came onto the market in 2015 in select cities across the United States as a solid streaming service acting as a complete alternative to a cable subscription. It could be an easy way for you to watch the Preakness live stream on race day. There are different packages based upon where you are located, but PlayStation Vue is now available throughout the U.S.

The initial cities that PlayStation Vue was offered include San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, and Los Angeles. These areas still have the original package which includes more than 60 cable channels available live streaming for $39.99 per month. NBC and NBC Sports are both available in this package, so you can watch the Preakness online during the entire coverage on Saturday.

If you are not in one of these cities, you can still get PlayStation Vue and over 50 streaming cable channels for just $29.99 per month. NBC is only available on-demand about 24 hours after the event airs, but you can watch the pre-race coverage and analysis on NBC Sports. Other channels included across all of the PlayStation Vue packages regardless of location include ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT, CNN, Comedy Central, FS1, and many more.

You can stream the Preakness with PlayStation Vue on your PlayStation Consoles, iPads, iPhones, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV. There is tons of other content available through PlayStation Vue including the ongoing NHL and NBA Playoffs and several MLB games throughout the season. Find out more about PlayStation Vue in our full review of Sony’s cable alternative streaming service.


Catch The Preakness Live Stream with an Antenna and OTA DVR

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If you are interested in PlayStation Vue, but do not live within one of the seven select cities, it would be ideal to pair an antenna with a PlayStation Vue subscription. This setup, if done right, will give you access to tons of live content including the Preakness streaming. The best way to set it up is to not only get a digital antenna, but to also include an over-the-air DVR like the Tablo.

The antenna receives the broadcasts via over-the-air networks of some of the core cable channels such as NBC, ABC, FOX, and CBS. After buying the antenna it is free to tune in to the broadcast from NBC during the Preakness. Our favorite antenna is the Mohu Leaf 50, mainly because it has a sleek design that does not stand out in your living room and offers a 50-mile reception range.

As I mentioned before, the Tablo is an over-the-air DVR that works with your antenna to record, pause, or rewind any live TV received over the antenna. You can actually use the Tablo to watch the Preakness live stream by hooking it up to your internet connection. You can then access the Tablo app from your phone, tablet, or computer and stream the Preakness over an internet connection or using your mobile data. You can also watch any pre-recorded shows or events via the app.


Check out our full sports guide to find out more about watching tons of other sports either online or streaming on your TV without the need of paying for an expensive cable subscription.


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Matt Pelletier

Matt Pelletier

Matt Pelletier has a background in finance and information technology and has written for publications with themes ranging from sports to enterprise technology and investments.
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