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Super Bowl 55 takes place this Sunday between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The NFL’s Biggest Event of the Year is a televised phenomenon that goes beyond mere sport, whether it’s the million dollar commercials, the halftime gig, or just an excuse to eat the wings of chicken. Previously the only way to watch was to either have a cable or satellite subscription, or venture out to your local sports bar (remember the bars?). Fortunately, you now have a plethora of display options, including ways to stream.
Where and when?
The 2021 Super Bowl will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla. On February 7. Kick-off time is 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT. It will be televised on CBS as well as ESPN Deportes in Spanish.
How to watch with cable or satellite TV
Obviously, if you subscribe to cable or satellite, you will have no problem watching Super Bowl this Sunday on your TV. This is good news if you prefer not to worry about signing up for an online service or if you have an inconsistent internet connection.
How to stream the Super Bowl
Cord cutters have many ways to watch this Sunday’s big game. One of them is via a live television broadcast service, as long as it carries CBS. Fortunately, a lot of them do. YouTube TV ($ 65 per month), AT&T TV ($ 70 and more per month) and Fubo TV ($ 65 and up per month) all include CBS. Alternatively, you can also watch the game through CBS All Access (starting at $ 6 per month), whose name will change next month to Paramount Plus.
If you don’t currently subscribe to any of these services and want to watch the game for free, you can sign up for one for a free seven-day trial just to watch the game and then cancel afterwards. The only exception here is AT&T TV, which currently doesn’t offer free trials.
Note, however, that those with Hulu with Live TV ($ 65 per month) might be out of luck, as Hulu lost distribution rights to a number of CBS affiliates late last year. Likewise, Sling TV does not have CBS in its lineup.
If you don’t have pay TV or streaming service
What if you don’t want to subscribe to pay TV or a streaming service? You’re in luck: you can also watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, thanks to a few different live broadcasts. You can watch the game for free at CBSSports.com as well as through the CBS Sports app, accessible through your phone or through a streaming device such as Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or Google TV.
You can also watch the game through the NFL app or the Yahoo Sports app. (Yahoo is owned by Engadget’s parent company, Verizon.) Of course, you can also use an indoor antenna with your TV to just watch the free live broadcast.
International viewers can use the NFL Game Pass International streaming service, which has a seven-day free trial. If you’d rather not go that way, however, check out this guide to see if your country has a local Super Bowl broadcast partner.
What about 4K?
Last year, Fox made history by first showing the Super Bowl in 4K and HDR (it was still shot in 1080p and HDR, but was scaled to 4K in the broadcast). However, that’s not an option this year as CBS Sports is in the driver’s seat and has less experience with 4K broadcasts. CBS Sports also quoted “production limitsCaused by COVID-19 as the reason he was unable to stream the game in 4K.