How to watch the Super Bowl & other sports online
January 23, 2020
The Super Bowl is an annual tradition that brings together friends and family for the season’s final football championship. Regardless of which teams make it, you can always rely on an exciting game, amusing commercials and a halftime show full of surprises.
As many Americans shift away from cable television, however, you may wonder how to watch the Super Bowl online. You actually have several options available, depending on your budget and the device you want to use. Keep reading to learn about each one so you can get ready before the party starts and not miss a minute of the game.
Super Bowl 2020 details
The Super Bowl of the new decade takes place on Sunday, February 2, 2020. Kick-off time is 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and this year the game is played in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium. Viewers on the West Coast should tune in at 3:30 p.m. to catch the beginning of the game.
Prior to kick-off, enjoy the national anthem performed by Demi Lovato. If you’re wondering when the halftime performance begins, tune in after the second quarter ends. This year’s headliners are Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
How to watch the Super Bowl online
If you can’t tune into FOX to watch the big game, you can still watch the Super Bowl online. Here are your options for either live streaming the game or using a subscription service. Check out the device compatibility for each one to make sure you can properly view the game.
How to live stream the Super Bowl
FOX Sports App
The FOX Sports App lets you stream games live, including this year’s Super Bowl game. You can download the app on your smartphone, or on streaming devices like Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, FireTV, Google Chromecast, and AndroidTV. The app itself is free, but you’ll need to have either a cable subscription or other live TV subscription in order to access most of the content.
In addition to being available on the Fox Sports app, you can watch the Super Bowl online for free at FoxSports.com. You can even watch in 4k Ultra HD when you create a profile. It just requires an email address, password and your name. Then you can sync your account across devices.
The NFL app streams the Super Bowl live so you can watch directly on your mobile device. It offers other games and replays throughout the season, which may require a subscription, but the Super Bowl itself is available free of charge nationwide.
Yahoo Sports App
The Yahoo Sports App works on both smartphones and tablets as long as you’re in the U.S. Screencasting doesn’t work so, only go this route if you’re watching the game with an intimate group. Still, it’s completely free to broadcast live, giving you total Super Bowl access in real-time.
How to stream the Super Bowl from subscription services
When you sign up for YouTube TV, you can live stream the Super Bowl on FOX. The monthly subscription service costs $49.99 but could be worth the expense if you want to watch on the big screen with a large group of friends. One upside to shelling out the cash is that you also get access to ESPN in case you want to watch the pre-game commentary. To avoid paying the monthly cost, consider signing up for a free five-day trial the weekend of the Super Bowl — assuming you haven’t used this freebie before.
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu + Live TV is another option to get your local FOX channel in order to watch the Super Bowl without regular television service. Double check that FOX is included in your local lineup, but in most cases, it will be available. You can view Hulu + Live TV on a number of devices, such as smartphones, tablets, computers, Roku devices, FireTV, some gaming systems, and some television models. The cost is $54.99 per month, but like YouTube TV, you can request a free one-week trial as long as you’re not a current customer.
SlingTV (Select Markets)
Some SlingTV subscribers may get local FOX channels, but it’s not available in all markets. Before you subscribe, confirm that it’s actually available in your area. If it is, FOX typically comes with the Sling Blue package. Your first month costs $20, then it bumps up to $30 each month after. This option is a pretty affordable one as long as you do get FOX included with your package. Sling is available on a wide range of devices, making it convenient to find a way to watch with the size of your crowd.
FuboTV is another option that lets you both stream and DVR the Super Bowl on FOX. The subscription service is solely geared towards sports fans, so it’s quite easy to find the game and all the coverage you could possibly want. The monthly subscription cost is $54.99, and you can cancel anytime. Another option for Super Bowl viewing is to sign up for a 7-day free trial.
AT&T TV NOW
AT&T TV Now lets you stream live television with a monthly subscription rather than requiring you to sign up for a long-term contract. Plus, you can record and watch later in case you want to pause the game or watch uninterrupted after the game originally airs. There are two different packages available, both of which include FOX. The cheaper option is the Plus plan for $64.99 per month and more than 45 channels. In addition to finding the Super Bowl on FOX, you’ll also get access to ESPN and ESPN2 with AT&T TV NOW’s Plus plan.
The bottom line
Whether you’re watching the Super Bowl in a small group or with all your closest family and friends, you have lots of streaming options available. Find the right one based on your preferred device and ideal platform. With a range of price options available, you can surely find the right one to enjoy an exciting night of football.