The 2019 Tour de France will begin on July 6 and finish on July 28. 176 riders will compete in the 3,460 km (2,150 mile) race. If you’ve been looking forward to this event, you may have wondered how you can watch it online or live stream it on Kodi. If so, we’ve got you covered.
Thankfully, you can get around some regional blocks and watch live Tour de France streams for free without cable from anywhere. Depending on your location, you might need a VPN. Regardless, let’s look at your best options for streaming Tour de France online.
Official Tour de France live streams are almost always region-locked, meaning viewers outside of a certain country are blocked from watching.
For that, you may need to bypass blocking using a virtual private network, or VPN. These services provide you with an encrypted connection to a server located in a country where streams are available. Not only can you then unblock video, you also get the added benefit of secure online browsing and anonymity.
For those that need to get past many of these blocks in place, we recommend IPVanish. It has servers in over 60 countries, keeps no logs, and has a native app for both the Amazon Fire Stick and Nvidia Shield.
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How to watch Tour de France 2019 online with a VPN
Here’s how to bypass geographic restrictions on Tour de France live streams with a VPN:
- Sign up for a VPN. We recommend IPVanish, but ExpressVPN and NordVPN are great alternatives.
- Download and install your provider’s VPN app on the device where you plan to watch the race.
- Select a location where the stream you want to watch isn’t blocked.
- Hit the Connect button.
- Open the live video stream and start watching the Tour de France from abroad!
Just in case, we recommend you test out your VPN with your preferred streaming sources ahead of time. If you encounter any issues, consult your VPN’s customer support.
Where to watch Tour de France 2019 without cable for free
If you want to watch the 2019 Tour de France using a web browser, there are sources available from a variety of locations for free. Your best free English-language options are going to come from Ireland, Australia, and the UK. Several non-English networks will also be broadcasting Tour de France online free.
Ireland’s public broadcaster, TG4, will have live coverage of each Tour de France stage, including the opening stage. You’ll also be able to watch highlights. You can view the schedule on their live sports page.
While not all content on TG4 is geographically locked to Ireland, Tour de France races will be. You can use a VPN to bypass those restrictions when they do arise so you can still watch Tour de France live online through TG4.
You can watch Tour de France 2019 live on Australia’s SBS network via SBS OnDemand.
Content blocking is in place through this option, so a VPN will be necessary in order to access the race if you’re outside of Australia. Check the SBS schedule for race times. On-demand viewing is also available.
If you’re a UK resident, you can watch Tour de France through ITV 4 live online. ITV is a public broadcaster, similar to the BBC. Just like the BBC, you will need a VPN to access content if you’re outside of the UK.
The UK government also states that you need a TV License in order to view live content through the web. ITV doesn’t verify that you have a TV License, however, you do need a UK postal code in order to create an account and watch live online.
To find out when races are broadcast, check the ITV TV Guide.
Free Tour de France streams in other languages
Not satisfied with just the English streaming options? There are several other networks around the world providing free live streaming options. You can access these via a VPN as well.
- Germany: ARD
- Switzerland: SRF (German), RSI (Italian), RTS (French)
- Belgium: RTBF
- Sweden: TV4 Play
- Spain: RTVE
Paid options for Tour de France live streams
Not every country is broadcasting Tour de France live online for free. In most countries, if you want to get the best streaming quality, you will have to do pay a subscription TV service for your live streaming option. This includes those looking to watch Tour de France 2019 in the US or Canada.
US paid streaming options
In the US, the primary broadcasting rights holder is NBC Sports. In order to access NBC sports, you’ll need to either get a cable TV subscription, or a subscription to an internet TV “skinny bundle” service. The latter is going to be a much cheaper option.
Skinny bundle TV services that carry NBC Sports include:
- Sling TV
- DirecTV Now
- YouTube TV
- PlayStation Vue
- Hulu With Live TV
Each of these services can be streamed online and most come with free trial periods. All let you stream through a web browser and have apps for iOS and Android devices. Most have Amazon Fire TV apps as well. If you’re outside of the USA, these sources will require a VPN.
Two broadcasters will show the Tour de France in Canada: RDS and Sportsnet. RDS will deliver French commentary for French-speaking Canada, while Sportsnet will deliver the English commentary.
RDS is available digitally for $24.99 CAD per month. Sportsnet is available through that company’s Sportsnet Now subscription service, which is also CA$20 per month or $10 per week.
How to watch Tour De France 2019 on Kodi
If you want to watch the Tour de France on your television using a TV device, you probably can’t or don’t want to use a web browser. So here is how to use Kodi to watch the Tour de France, using addons from the official Kodi repository.
The Zattoo Box Kodi addon will allow you to see all of Zattoo’s programming through the convenient Kodi interface. To install it, just click addons → download → video addons → Zattoo Box → install. After it finishes installing, right-click the addon and select information, then configure to find the login info menu. Put in your username and password and you’ll be ready to start watching.
The PlayStation Vue Kodi addon will let you watch any of your subscribed PS Vue channels through Kodi. To install, click addons → download → video addons → ps vue → install. After installing, right-click the addon to open the information menu. From there, click configure to bring up the configuration menu. From the tabs on the left side of the screen, select account info. Enter your username and password. Now click OK and Open to enter the main menu.
The ITV Kodi addon lets you skip the login process for ITV. You can use the ITV live streaming options without having to create an account.
RTS or SRF
The Swiss networks RTS and SRF can be viewed live through Kodi. You can find addons dedicated to both of these services in the Official Kodi Addon Repository. Both are free to install and use.
Irish TV Player
As we mentioned above, Ireland’s TG4 will have coverage of the Tour de France. You can watch TG4 live through Kodi using the Irish TV Player Kodi addon. This addon is available through the Official Kodi Addon Repository.
Image: “Bradley Wiggins Mark Cavendish – 2012 Tour de France” by Josh Hallet, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
- 1 Best VPN for Tour de France: IPVanish
- 2 How to watch Tour de France 2019 online with a VPN
- 3 Where to watch Tour de France 2019 without cable for free
- 4 Paid options for Tour de France live streams
- 5 How to watch Tour De France 2019 on Kodi