How to live stream the Grand National 2021 FREE and from anywhere

The world’s greatest steeplechase returns after a year off. Find out how you can live stream the Grand National 2021 today, regardless of where you are in the world

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Set to be watched by over 500 million viewers in more than 140 countries, the world's most famous steeplechase returns this Saturday  - read on for your full guide to getting a Grand National live stream and watch online from anywhere. 

Bumped off the sporting calendar last year thanks to the pandemic (a slightly underwhelming simulated Virtual Grand National took place instead), the runners and riders are at last back at Aintree for the 173rd annual running of this historic race.

Forty competitors are set to take on the iconic racecourse and its infamously demanding fences over four and a half miles.

Cloth Cap heads up the field, with the Jonjo O'Neill trained horse widely seen as this year's favourite, with Burrows Saint also being heavily backed to give trainer Willie Mullins his second Grand National triumph.

We've got all the info on how to live stream the Grand National no matter where you are in the world with our guide below. And if you happen to be outside of the country and can't access your preferred domestic broadcaster, you can always use a VPN to bypass those geo-restrictions.

What time can I live stream the Grand National?

The biggest event in the UK's racing calendar takes place at Aintree Racecourse, Merseyside on Saturday, April 10.

The horses are set to be under starter's orders at 5.15pm BST local time, making it a 12.15pm ET, 9.15am PT start for racing fans in the US and Canada and a 2.15am AEST on Sunday morning start in Australia.

Where can I live stream the Grand National 2021 in the UK?

You can watch all the drama from Aintree unfold with a Grand National live stream via ITV1, completely free-to-air in the UK. Alternatively, you can watch the Grand National online on ITV Hub with the ability to watch it live on any device, including:

  • Desktop: Windows, Mac
  • Mobiles: iOS, Android
  • Streaming devices: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Now TV
  • Consoles: Xbox One, Xbox One S, Nvidia Shield
  • Smart TVs: Samsung TV (2012 and later), FreeSat, YouView (BT, Talk Talk, Sony), Freeview Play, Virgin V6 Box

How to live stream the Grand National 2021 if you're abroad

If you're out of the country for this weekend's action from Aintree, you can still get access to a live stream - simply use the best VPN around to avoid geo-restrictions. 

With most domestic broadcasters locking streaming services to their country, you may hit a wall when it comes to accessing the likes of ITV, TSN and Kayo when overseas. However, by getting yourself a handy streaming VPN, you can hop onto a server within the US or UK (or anywhere else for that matter depending on where your online content is geo-restricted to), and this will switch your IP address to make it appear as if you're browsing right from the comfort of your own home.


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Can I live stream the Grand National in the US?

It's doesn't seem to be good news for horse racing fans in the US. 

Despite the race's iconic status, at the time of writing there isn't a confirmed linear US broadcaster for this year's event.

Your best bet is to use a VPN service as described above, set your location to a country on this page that is broadcasting the race and go from there. But do consider that most paid streaming services will require a credit card based in the country the service is from.

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How to live stream the Grand National anywhere else in the world

Looking for a 2021 Grand Nation live stream where you are? Here's the options we have for the rest of the world to catch the UK's biggest annual horse race.

It's good news for those looking to tune in from Ireland, as free-to-air terrestrial channel Virgin Media One will be broadcasting this year's live. You can watch online for free using Virgin Media Player - or via its TV Anywhere app.

Canadian horse racing fans can live stream the 2021 Grand National on the CBC Sports website.

Coverage kicks off at 9am ET / 6am PT on Saturday morning, with the main race set to begin at 12.15pm ET / 9.15am PT.

For those willing to wake up at an unsociable hour Down Under, subscription service Foxtel holds the live broadcast rights to the Grand National 2021 rights Down Under, with the race set to be shown on Sky Thoroughbred Central at 2.15am AEST on Sunday morning.

How to use a VPN to unblock any restrictions

If you're outside of your preferred broadcaster's boundaries, you can use a VPN to unblock any geo-restrictions and live stream the 2021 Grand National as if you were right at home. Here's our step-by-step guide on how to do just that.

  • VPN - standing for virtual private network - offers security and anomality as you browse online, using set protocols to encrypt your data and make it unreadable to outsiders.
  • As a part of that, you can also switch your IP address, which identifies your location.
  • Most VPNs offer a list of locations where its servers are based to join. Connecting to them switches your IP to appear as if you're browsing from that country/city. In turn, you can then access content locked to that country.
  • When it comes to finding a VPN, you should make sure you find the best one that's suitable for your chosen device, with VPN providers offering compatibility for a ton of devices, including VPN for MacVPN for Android smartphones, an iPad VPN, and even a range of fairly nifty free VPNs.
  • Once you've made the decision for the most suitable VPN for your device and your means for using a VPN, sign-up and install it
  • To live stream the 2021 Grand National, all you need to do is select a UK server from its list of available servers and connect. You'll then be able to hop over those geo-restrictions with the likes of BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub opening its online gates to you.
  • We also want to ensure your money is well spent, so we would recommend going for a VPN that offers a risk free trial. ExpressVPN is one of many providers that has a 30-day money back guarantee.

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Kevin Lynch
Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch is a London-born, Dublin-based writer and journalist. The author of Steve Jobs: A Biographic Portrait, Kevin is a regular feature writer for a number of tech sites and the former Technology Editor for the Daily Mirror. He has also served as editor of GuinnessWorldRecords.com and has been a member of the judging panel for the BAFTA British Academy Video Game Awards. Alongside reviewing the latest AV gear, smartphones and computers, Kevin also specialises in music tech and can often be found putting the latest DAWs, MIDI controllers and guitar modellers through their paces. Born within the sound of Bow Bells, Kevin is also a lifelong West Ham fan for his troubles.