Where and when to watch 2012 Kentucky Derby on TV


Broad overview

If you have satellite or the online subscription, HRTV will have comprehensive coverage starting May 2. Actually, HRTV is covering action at Churchill Downs for the spring meet anyway.

Everything else is on NBC, mostly on the NBC Sports cable channel except for action on late afternoon of the big day. The Derby itself and preceding Red Carpet coverage will be on your local NBC station. (As always, check your local listings.).

Details – which event when?

If you have cable and satellite and want to geek out on Everything Derby during Derby Week, mark your calendars, set your Outlook listing and ready your DVRs to start up on Wednesday, May 2.

May 2 (Wednesday) is also the day of the Post Position Draw starting at 5 pm EDT on NBC Sports on cable.

May 3 (Thursday) will feature Derbies past and present. In other words, on NBC Sports (cable), Derby Classics will run from 4 to 5 pm EDT (Derbies Past) and Derby Access (up2date news on the race this year) will air from 5 to 6 pm EDT.

May 4 (Friday) is Kentucky Oaks Day. If you want comprehensive coverage – to enjoy Oaks Day as much like a Louisvillian as you can if you’re not in town – go to HRTV (satellite, online paid stream, or cable.) The NBC Sports cable channel will run Derby Classics (Editors note: A “clip show?” Really? On Oaks Day??) from 4 to 5 pm EDT , followed by Oaks coverage from 5 pm to 6 pm EDT. Post time for the Kentucky Oaks is 5:45 pm EDT.

May 5 (Saturday) is KENTUCKY DERBY DAY.

Satellite, online stream, cable

9:30 am EDT and goes all day.

NBC Sports

Derby Day undercard starts at 11 am to 4 pm EDT.


Your local NBC station (check your local listings)

Derby Access/Red Carpet Special – 4 pm – 5 pm EDT.

Kentucky Derby Coverage – 5 pm to 7 pm EDT.  Kentucky Derby post time is 6:24 pm EDT. (Extra time for the trophy presentation and interviews.)

Haven’t had enough Derby yet?

FWIW, if you have access to HRTV programming, you can watch the Derby Wrap-Up show Sunday, May 6, at noon EDT.

Source material for this post is the Kentucky Derby website.


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