Live Stream: How to Watch the Indy 500 Without Cable
The 100th running of Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May 299th and as usual the stakes will be high. Six former winners are included in the field of thirty-three drivers including last year’s victor Juan Pablo Montoya. But, the front runner could still be Simon Pagenaud who has been scorching hot lately, winning the last three IndyCar races he competed in.
It goes without saying, but those cars are driving incredibly fast. Which means if something happens, like the leader gets passed or a big crash, you need to be watching it live. Even if you do not have cable you don’t have to worry about missing any of the action. There are plenty of options out there to watch the race right on your TV as discussed in this guide for cable cutters by CutCableToday’s founder Chris Brantner.
Watch the Indy 500 Race with an Antenna
An antenna is likely the best choice, mainly because it is completely free to watch TV after the cost of purchasing the antenna. If you get a good antenna and are in a good location reception-wise, you can check out the reception in your area here, then you can easily watch the Indy 500 on ABC.
The race will not only be free, but will be in uncompressed HD. It is one of the crisper pictures you will ever get for a race. And, you can watch plenty of pre-race analysis on ABC as well. All of this is right no your big screen without having to sign up for any service with minimal setup and investment. Normally, Indianapolis residents would be blacked out on ABC and the race would be broadcast on a tape delay, but the blackout has been lifted this year because it’s a sellout..
Use Sling TV for Streaming
Sling TV will also get you access to watching the race live, in a slightly roundabout way. You pay $20 per month for Sling TV to stream over 20 cable channels. With the package comes an agreement with ESPN to access WatchESPN with your Sling TV credentials. Log in to WatchESPN and view the simulcast of the Indy 500 on ESPN3.
The stream has 12 in-car camera angles and will be broadcasting pre-race coverage and the actual race live. Other channels on Sling TV include ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, CNN, TNT, and AMC. Sling TV streams can be watched on tablets, phones, computers, or with devices like Roku or Amazon Fire TV on your TV. There’s even free week long trial on Sling TV.
Also keep in mind that Sling offers an ABC live stream in certain markets for an extra $5. You can learn more about that in CutCableToday’s ABC guide here.
Watch On-Demand or Live on PlayStation Vue
Depending on your location you can either watch the race live or an on-demand version within 24 hours of the completion. PlayStation Vue is similar to Sling TV in structure, but slightly more expensive with additional channels included. In select cities, Philadelphia, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and Dallas, you get ABC and the Indy 500 live. In all other locations (U.S. only) you get the on-demand option.
The starting package contains more than 55 channels, no matter where you are located. In those seven cities, the cost is $39.99 to start and it is $29.99 elsewhere. The gap is due to more local networks are included in the seven cities. Live streams can be watched on PlayStation Consoles, iPads, iPhones, or your TV with Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV.
What about Blackouts?
Pretty much everyone is safe from Indy 500 blackouts this year. The blackout rules are truly insane, but no one has to worry about that this weekend.
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