The New England Patriots are set to face off against the LA Rams, and it's sure to be an entertaining game. If you cut the cord, don't fret! You can still watch the Super Bowl
There's nothing like watching the Super Bowl — and all the fantastic commercials — in real time. You have a few options when it comes to watching the Super Bowl if you've cut the cord, ranging from completely free to one hundred dollars.
Option 1: Watch with an over-the-air antenna
If you want to get all of your costs out of the way up front, grab and over-the-air (OTA) antenna and (possibly) a TV tuner. These antennas work the same way they did when you were a kid: plug them into your television or tuner with a coaxial cable, give it a moment to scan the channels and watch away! You may not have a monthly bill to worry about, and you should be able to get the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl is on CBS, so the important thing is to make sure you buy an antenna that can pick up your nearest CBS affiliate. If you are not sure, the FCC has a handy tool that lets you enter your address and find out how far away the station is. Then, just buy an antenna that covers at least the distance to that station.
If you want to watch the big game on multiple devices in your home – or you're using a projector or another display that doesn't have a Built-in TV tuner — You will find an external tuner like the Amazon Fire TV Recast.
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Option 2: Watch With a Streaming Service
Services like YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV are the best replacement for all of your live TV needs, including the Super Bowl . Both services offer free users for new users – one month for YouTube TV and one week for Hulu – so if you never used either service, you can watch the big game for free. If you have access to live TV, stay subscribed to each service: you pay $ 40 a month for either YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV. Sling TV and PlayStation Vue do not include CBS, so they can watch the Super Bowl.
CBS is also available for CBS All Access Subscribers to watch the Super Bowl live, so you may be able to use one more free trial if you've used the other services' trials already. CBS All Access lets you have a one-week free trial, after which you pay $ 6 per month if you don't mind commercials and $ 10 per month for commercial-free viewing.
One big caveat with using a streaming service is reliability. That's normally not an issue, but Hulu's live stream is completely crashed in the last moments of 2018's game. We have hope that Hulu and other streaming providers have work done for this year, but it will happen until the game starts.
Option 3: Go to a Public Viewing or a Friend's House
Simple: if someone else is paying for a way to watch the Super Bowl, it's easier to go to their house or venue and watch it. Be a good friend and bring some drinks for the host, or buy some drinks at your local sports bar to pay for your portion of the electricity. Plus, you get more people with the awesome commercials!
If you're outside the United States, don't fret! The easiest method is to subscribe to NFL Game Pass, which will let you watch any football game. If you are in the UK, you will be able to watch on the BBC iPlayer or Sky Sports. Failing that, you can sign up for a VPN, set your location to the United States, then use one of the streaming options listed above.
What Not To Do
You may have heard of some shady methods to watch the game that are 100% free. Those will be free, but they'll probably also be illegal. In addition to breaking the law, the stream will probably cut out some time in the middle of the game.
No matter how you watch the Super Bowl, pop some popcorn, have some drinks, and enjoy the game!