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No Access To TV? Watch The 2016 Melbourne Cup Right Here, Live

This is the future of sports broadcasting.

01/11/2016 1:49 PM AEDT | Updated 01/11/2016 2:15 PM AEDT
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It'll be the next best thing to being there.

No TV in your office? Or perhaps you're stuck at school pick-up and need to sneak off into a quiet corner of the playground to watch the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Wherever you are, Twitter can help.

The social media network, which markets itself as being more about news than pics of your kale smoothie breakfast, will broadcast the race live. All you've got to do is stay right here in this story, or go to the link below.

Here's part of the official blurb from the Victoria Racing Club:

Twitter will live stream the 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup from 2:30PM AEDT on 1 November 2016, in its entirety, free of charge, available worldwide to Twitter's logged-in and logged-out audience on Twitter and connected devices.

The hour-long race broadcast produced for the VRC by the Seven Network will also include 30 minutes of build-up before the race, followed by post-race commentary and analysis.

Jonathan Harley, Twitter Australia's Director of Media Partnerships, said: "Twitter is where the world of sport is happening every single day, and Australian sporting events don't come more iconic than the Emirates Melbourne Cup. Live streaming the race that stops a nation with the VRC and the Seven Network, combined with the live commentary and conversation on Twitter, will create a one-screen experience at the centre of the action unlike any other."

Another cool feature is this. If you retweet this link from your own account right now, Twitter will notify you when the race is about to start. Boom!

And if you care what other people are saying while the race is on, you can click here to see a live feed of tweets with the #MelbourneCup hasthag.

This is the first time Twitter has broadcast a live sporting event outside of the U.S. and if you're interested, there's a piece here on how this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in online sports broadcasting.

Enjoy the race.

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