How to Watch 2019 Giro d'Italia Live (and other races) from the United States and Canada
Comparing Fubo.tv, Flobikes and NBC Sports Gold
May 2, 2018, Feb 27, 2019 update: Right before the Giro d'Italia, the first Grand Tour of the year, is always a good time for a State of Nation Address on cycling broadcasts as we have done in past years.
For 2018 (and now 2019), there will be two North American OTT companies (authorized, high-quality streamers), fubo.tv and flobikes*, which will provide the same high quality feed with different advantages. Fubo.tv is a replacement for your cable/satellite/telco provider plus cycling with cloud based DVR while flobikes (subsidiary of flosports) has a narrower sports focus and a less expensive annual commitment.
70+ 100+ networks now in their basic package for $54.99 month + $11.99 for the International Sports package which includes the fubo cycling channel (Giro d'Italia in English) and rai italia (Giro d'Italia in Italian) for a total of $66.98 per month for U.S. customers. (See Canadian details below) The fubo cycling channel gives you access to most of the Italian races (Giro d'Italia, Milan Sanremo) plus all the Flanders classics (Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders).
fubo.tv has a very slick web site that seemlessly includes cycling with most of the big name sports you are used to in the United States. That's a big improvement over what was available just a few years ago.
If you haven't tried fubo.tv then this a good month to try them out with their 7-day free trial. Put your current cable provider on hold and try them out as a potential long-term replacement.
For those who are happy with their current cable/satellite/telco provider and don't want to pay twice for the basic channels or for those just interested in watching cycling then you'll be happy to know there is now a less expensive alternative to fubo.tv. Flobikes.com has a sub-licensing arrangement which gives you access to every race on the fubo cycling channel at an annual cost of $150 (flobikes) vs. $804 (fubo.tv). flobikes event calendar also has races that fubo.tv doesn't including Itzulia Basque Country, Tour of the Alps, Tour of Norway, Tour de Suisse and more.
However, making things a little more complicated, you can also find live cycling on channels in fubo.tv's basic package including the Tour de France on NBC Sports plus cyclocross, the world championships, Vuelta a Espana on the Olympic Channel with commercials. If you subscribe to flobikes.com then you'll also need the inexpensive NBC Sports Gold package ($40 annually, USA only, no commericals) to get these. Still $190 (flobikes + NBC Sports Gold) vs. $804 (fubo.tv) makes the flobikes and NBC Sports Gold combination a much less expensive option for those just interested in cycling. All three companies can stream through Apple TV or Roku or through a mobile app. — Steve
The Canadian fubo.tv base package is $15.99/month and includes Bein Sports, Spanish Bein Sports, Bein Sports Canada, Fight Network, FNTSY Sports Network, Fubo Network, Football Report TV, Benfica TV and Liga Portugal + $11.99 for the International Sports package which includes the fubo cycling channel for a total of $28.98 per month.
How far have we come? How we watched the 2007 Giro d'Italia
May 2 update: The finish to Stage 14 from the 2007 Giro d'Italia was possibly the finest five km in any stage race over the last 11 years in every aspect. The twisty, hilly, finishing route through historic Bergamo, the amazing camera work and production, the enthusiastic Italian announcers, the attacks, and a little controversy before the close finish.
In 2007 (late '50s in Internet time) there was no North America broadcaster and the official site was only in Italian. We were the defacto English web site for the Giro d'Italia! Back then you had to get your head really close to your monitor to watch the low-res RAI live feed from Italy which inevitably suffered untimely buffering near the finish as more and more people tuned in. — Steve
* steephill.tv is an affiliate of both official North American sources for the 2019 Giro d'Italia live and on-demand coverage. It is a little known FTC requirement to make this clear and it also lets you know that it is a good way to support this site. So I thank you in advance for signing up through either our fubo.tv affiliate link or flobikes affiliate link.