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Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in News and Events, Sailboat Racing, UK, US |

Digital Vagabond: How To Watch the America’s Cup Live

The boats are exciting, the graphics fantastic, and the access surprisingly difficult. Here's how to watch the races live, even if you don't subscribe to NBC News Network.

Do you want to watch the America’s Cup live—in North America—but don’t have access to NBC Sports Network and can’t seem to figure out how to get past the America’s Cup YouTube territorial restrictions?

RBYAC-training

Youth AC45 teams training on San Francisco Bay for the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, which will take place September 1-4. Photo: Sam Greenfield

The solution is surprisingly simple: There’s an app for that.

This is the first time in over twenty years that the America’s Cup has returned to broadcast television via NBC and NBC Sports Network. The catch is that whenever NBC or NBC Sports Network broadcasts a race day (usually tape-delayed), the live feed is disabled on the America’s Cup YouTube channel. And if you don’t have access to a television with NBC Sports Network, you have to wait until after the race for a replay.

Which is a shame because

  • This agreement defeats the purpose of a YouTube channel with a live feed
  • It marginalizes a whole generation of race fans who will never own televisions
  • Watching the AC on your computer—or television—has never been better. The reason? Great graphics, and onboard audio feeds.

The official America’s Cup mobile app is free and available on both Mac and Android. I’m not sure why the good people at the America’s Cup aren’t promoting their beautiful product, but every time that their YouTube channel reads ‘feed disabled in your country’ you can tune into your mobile device and soak up all of Stan Honey’s media magic. Live.

So go ahead, use the tools they built and download the official America’s Cup mobile app.

Here’s the alleged list of all the race dates.

And here are the alleged Global broadcast details.

However you watch, don’t forget to tune into the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, September 1-4th. 10 boats, 8 countries and 4 days of racing that will be won and lost by fractions of a second, not half-kilometers.

Are you watching?

Read previous Digital Vagabond posts about the America’s Cup

Digital Vagabond: The Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
Digital Vagabond: Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, Formula One Racing for the Kids