Here's how to watch the Melbourne Cup live, online, and on mobile for free

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The race that stops a nation is approaching.

Today, Australians will down tools or step away from the screens at 3pm AEDT to watch the annual Melbourne Cup horse race, which kicks off at Flemington Racecourse in Victoria.

With the time difference, it will air at 2pm in Brisbane, 2:30pm in Adelaide and 12pm in Perth.

It’s so important to Australians, there has even been a call to make it a national public holiday.

Here’s how to watch the race live, online, and on mobile for free.

On TV

Channel 7 has the rights to stream the race live. Coverage will begin at 10am AEDT.

If you have Foxtel, Sky Channel (519) will also broadcast the race.

Online

If you’re not near a TV, or your office isn’t celebrating the race, you can watch online at several websites.

7Plus is Channel 7’s live stream. You’ll need to create an account to watch.

You can also watch on the Racing.com, SportsBet, BetEasy and Ladbrokes websites.

Like 7Plus, you’ll need to create an account to watch on these. However, to stream live on Sportsbet, you’ll need to have deposited at least once into your account.

You can also watch via the live Twitter feed at @FlemingtonVRC and @7HorseRacing.

On mobile

You can download the 7Plus app for iOS and Android, but will need to create an account to access live streaming.

Racing.com, SportsBet, BetEasy and Ladbrokes will stream the race live via their apps.

Just like for the 7Plus app, you will need to create an account to login and watch. Again, to stream live on Sportsbet, you’ll need to have deposited at least once into your account.

If you’re a Foxtel customer you can also use the Foxtel Go app for iPhone and Android, but this requires a subscription to the sports package.

You can also watch via the live Twitter feed at @FlemingtonVRC and @7HorseRacing.

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