Live coverage of the 148th Preakness Stakes will air on Saturday, May 20th begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on CNBC and moving to NBC at 4:30 PM ET. Preakness post time is 6:50 p.m. ET. However, you can stream the entire day’s Preakness coverage live on the NBC Sports app without switching channels If you have an account with a streaming service that carries NBC and CNBC. NBC’s streaming service Peacock will also stream coverage all day from 1:00 PM – 7:30 ET. I’ve listed three streaming services that have a free trial and carry those networks below.
- How To Stream The Preakness Stakes Live and Free: You Can Watch The Preakness Stakes and coverage Live on NBC using one of the following services
You can also stream the day’s live coverage on the Peacock streaming services if you have a Peacock Premium account for $5.99 per month. (Sign up here). I cover more on all of these options below.
How To Watch the Preakness Stakes Free
The Preakness Stakes will air on NBC. However, you can stream the Preakness Stakes live and all coverage leading up to the race with the NBC Sports App if you have a subscription to a streaming service that carries NBC. A few of those streaming services provide a free trial. You can use your trial account and watch the Preakness Stakes and all of today’s races by following the steps below.
- Use a Free Trial to a Service that carries NBC. Those are:
- Go to the channel store or app store on your device. On Roku, it’s called the “Channel Store.” But you can download the NBC Sports app on Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, and more.
- Search for the NBC Sports app
- Add the NBC Sports app to your device and then open it.
- You can link your TV Provider to unlock all NBC Sports Content through the Settings menu or by attempting to watch any “locked” content. You will be provided with an alpha-numeric code.
- Using a computer or mobile web browser, you go to https://www.nbcsports.com/activate and enter the code you received.
- You will then be asked for a TV provider and a username/password. For example, if you subscribe to fuboTV, select “fuboTV,” then enter your login and password for fuboTV.
- Once you sign in, your TV screen will refresh after a minute. You should now have access to watch all of today’s races, The Preakness Stakes.
Streaming Services You Can Use To Watch The Preakness Stakes
All the streaming services below carry NBC, so you can watch the Preakness Stakes. You can also use your account credentials from each service to unlock all the horse racing available on the NBC Sports App. You can also just stream the Preakness Stakes on NBC with the streaming services app
Peacock will stream the Preakness Stakes and all the day’s coverage live on its premium plan for $5.99 per month. There isn’t a commitment so you can cancel at any time.
You can stream Peacock’s Preakness Stakes coverage on your TV or mobile device. The streaming service supports Roku, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple T.V. 4K and Apple T.V. HD, Xbox One S and Xbox One X, Playstation 4, Android devices, Android TV, Chromecast, and Chromecast built-in, and Amazon Fire TV or Fire Sticks. Follow these steps to install Peacock on your device:
- Subscribe to a Peacock using this Link.
- “Search” your devices app store or channel store for “Peacock”
- Select the streaming service and press “OK.”, “Install” or “Download” depending on your device
- Peacock is now installed on your Roku. Open Peacock, and log in with the credentials you used to subscribe to the service. Search for “Preakness Stakes” and watch.
If you need more information, see our review of Peacock for more details.
fuboTV offers over 100 live channels, including NBC. They offer a 1-week free trial, which you can cancel within the trial period and not be charged. Your account credentials can be used to link your TV provider to the NBC Sports app. Between the app and the live TV channels, you can watch all Preakness Stakes. If you stay on after the trial, the cost is $74.99. You can cancel at any time.
The service supports iOS, Android, Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, and more. The price includes a cloud DVR and the ability to stream on 3 devices at once. (see our review of FuboTV)
DIRECTV STREAM offers over 65 channels, including NBC in their “Entertainment” plan for a price of $79.99 per month. In addition to the channels airing The Preakness Stakes, your DIRECTV STREAM account will unlock access to the NBC Sports App, providing you with access to tons of live sports.
DIRECTV’s stand-out feature allows you to stream the service on up to 20 devices simultaneously with just one account. The service supports Apple TV, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and most modern web browsers. DIRECTV STREAM lets you try their service with a 5-day free trial. (see our review of DIRECTV STREAM)
Hulu Live TV
Hulu not only offers its on-demand service but live-streaming as well. Like other services, they offer NBC in specific markets and cable TV and other broadcast networks. To see if live NBC is available in your area, you can use this tool: Hulu Live TV Channels by Zip code.
Hulu offers NBC so you can watch The Preakness Stakes. Hulu + Live TV is supported on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iOS, Android, and more. You can read more about Hulu in our review of Hulu. There isn’t a month-to-month contract, so you can sign up to test the service without fear of a long-term commitment. You can sign up for Hulu Live TV using this link: Sign up for Hulu + Live TV.
YouTube TV offers NBC in its lineup. They provide three simultaneous streams and a personal cloud DVR. This comes with a price tag of $72.99 per month. YouTube TV supports Fire TV, Android, iOS (includes airplay to Apple TV), and Chromecasts/Chromecast-compatible TVs. YouTube TV offers a free trial with no long-term commitment. (see our review of YouTube TV)