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Super Bowl 2018: Live-streaming the biggest game of the year

by Justin Herrick | February 4, 2018February 4, 2018 6:00 am PST

Now you’re ready for the biggest football game of the year. Food and drinks are on standby, bets are placed, and people are coming over. Actually, you still have one very important thing left to take care of. If you’re a cord-cutter, you’re going to need to figure out a way to actually watch this year’s Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. Streaming the games, fortunately, isn’t too difficult. The NFL and its partners make the Super Bowl incredibly accessible to everyone in the country.

Let’s get you ready to stream Super Bowl LII this weekend, which will be broadcast by NBC on Sunday, February 4.

NBC Sports / NBC apps

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30PM ET, but NBC will have plenty of live coverage beginning at noon. The Football Night in America crew including Dan Patrick, Mike Tirico, Liam McHugh, Tony Dungy, and Rodney Harrison will lead pregame coverage for several hours from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NBC will first air Road to the Super Bowl, and then Super Bowl Pre-Game takes over with analysis and opinion on the matchup.

Those who have cut the cord may have a digital antenna connected to their televisions to pull signals from the broadcast networks, but NBC also holds streaming rights for various devices. It makes putting the Super Bowl on tablets (iOSAndroid), Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, and Xbox One a breeze. Just get the NBC Sports app or NBC app on a compatible device and you’re set.

Notice that you don’t need login credentials. Only for the Super Bowl does the NFL and the network airing the game make professional football completely free to watch.

Going through NBC and NBC Sports’ websites are also options if you’re on a computer. There, too, you completely bypass the need for a traditional TV provider subscription. And using your laptop or desktop gives you the option to connect to a larger display. Plus, NBC Sports usually provides additional camera angles for viewers live-streaming its games. Needless to say utilizing NBC’s platform is the best way to watch the Super Bowl.

NFL Mobile app

Gone are the days when Verizon held exclusive streaming rights for NFL games on phones. Beginning this month, you can stream in-market and national games from the preseason, regular season, and playoffs on any phone regardless of the carrier you’re with. The NFL dropped the ridiculous Big Red-only clause from its contract when a new deal was made in December. And it just so happens to take effect in time for the Super Bowl.

Grab the NFL Mobile app for iOS and Android, and you can have the Eagle and Patriots playing on your screen from wherever you are. The Yahoo Sports app (iOS, Android) also allows you to stream the game on your phone.

With the NFL Mobile app, you’ll get pregame coverage from NFL Network. Rich Eisen hosts the cable channel’s flagship program, NFL GameDay, beginning at 9:00AM ET. The show runs up until kickoff and analysts include Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci, and a bunch of past and present players and coaches who can offer their take on the game.

Live TV streaming

Live TV streaming services have been on the rise because, in addition to having more affordable hardware that can do other things, the monthly price for access is inexpensive. Most of the popular choices among cord cutters are around $35 per month. It’s a price that gives you access to a large amount of channels, multi-device streaming, and cloud DVR. The best part is that you’re free to stream on any device.

Sling TV, DirecTV Now, PS Vue, Hulu w/ Live TV, and YouTube TV include NBC as no extra cost.

With one of those services, you’ll get an experience identical to anyone watching the Super Bowl on television through their regular TV provider. Except you’re not spending anywhere near as much money.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...