How to Watch Super Bowl LII Without Cable
It’s hard to believe that we are less than a month away from the apex of football, as Super Bowl LII is set to take place on February 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN. There’s still plenty of time left to plan your party for the big game, and if you’re one of the 22 million people in the United States that has “cut the cord” on cable television, you can still watch the Super Bowl by streaming it from a number of different options. We’ve got you covered with a guide to watching the big game without shackling yourself to a long-term cable provider.
Surprisingly enough, our old friend the antenna is still a tried and true method of watching the big game without a cable package. The game itself is set to air on NBC, which is able to be picked up by most of the newer digital HDTV antennas. While the days of the old-fashioned bunny ears perched on top of your television set are over, the antenna is still one of the best options for watching this year’s Super Bowl sans a cable subscription.
If you don’t have cable at home, a sports bar could be a fantastic place to watch the game amongst other diehard football fanatics. Bars and restaurants usually have plenty of televisions available for the game, and there’s the added bonus of being able to enjoy a fantastic beverage or some quality food that you didn’t have to make yourself. One thing worth mentioning is that many bars will likely have ticket/cover charges for the Super Bowl, so be sure to research that beforehand and purchase your ticket if necessary.
NBC Sports/NBC Sports Live
If you have access to an account from your local cable provider, you can stream the game on NBC’s proprietary app, NBC Sports Live without any additional charges. The NBC Sports Live app can be accessed on a number of different devices, including smartphones, video game consoles, and Apple TV.
Various Popular Streaming Services (fuboTV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, SlingTv)
If you’re looking to stream the game and spend absolutely no money at all, there a few streaming services that offer free trials that you can utilize for the big game. If you’re a fan of the service, you can always go back and purchase it after your trial. All of the services listed are also available to use on your smartphone or computer if you don’t currently own a television. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the more well-known options:
|Streaming Service||Free Trial Length||Supported Devices||Monthly Cost After Free Trial|
|fuboTV||7 days||Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku||$19.99|
|Hulu Live TV||7 days||Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One||$39.99|
|SlingTV||7 days||Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One||$20.00 and up|
|PlayStation Vue||7 days||Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4/3, Roku||$39.99|
The Official NFL App (Verizon Customers Only)
If you currently use Verizon as your mobile phone provider, you can use your smartphone to watch the game through the official NFL app. One thing worth mentioning is that you will only be able to watch the game on your phone itself, so if you’re planning a large get-together, you should utilize another method.