How to Watch Super Bowl Live Stream Without Cable


Watch Super Bowl Live Stream Online

With Super Bowl LII kicking off on Sunday, you’ll have a lot of choices to watch the New England Patriots face off against the Philadelphia Eagles.

But what’s the best way to watch if you cut the cord?

NBC is providing a Super Bowl live stream on its NBC Sports app. You can access the app with a number of streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Football fans won’t have to type in the usual username and password from their cable or satellite provider.

But here’s the rub.

Networks have opened up their apps in the past to provide a free Super Bowl live stream, and it hasn’t been an optimal experience for everyone. Last year, viewers using FOX’s live stream of the game complained about problems with the picture during the fourth quarter.

The year before, CBS dealt with its share of online mishaps early on during Super Bowl 50. Some believe that it can be a challenge for these apps to handle the millions of viewers all trying to tune in at once.

NBC is well aware of the history. And hopefully all will work out well for Super Bowl 2018.

There’s more than one way to watch the Patriots vs Eagles games. You might want to also try another free option – a TV antenna. Just head over to AntennaWeb and punch in your zip code to see if there’s a broadcast tower in your area. You can also look over How to Choose the Best TV Antenna & DVR if you have time to buy an antenna before Sunday.

Here’s Plan B: You can take this opportunity to try out a new live TV streaming service like DirecTV Now, which offers a free 7-day trial. Below are all your choices to watch Super Bowl 2018 online.

What time does the Super Bowl LII start?

  • Time: 6:30 P.M. ET / 3:30 P.M. PT
  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 4
  • Channel: NBC
  • Best Live Streams: on DirecTV Now (free trial), or fuboTV (with free Showtime trial)

Watch Super Bowl LII live for free with an antenna

If you live an area with broadcast towers nearby, then you can get a local NBC station. Many NBC stations broadcast in 1080i picture quality.

And unlike your local cable company, the picture is not being heavily compressed so it can be fed to your home over the old cable cord.

Using TV antennas are pretty simple. Just plug in the antenna cord into the coaxial jack on the back of the TV. Under settings, select channel scan for an antenna or air TV. The scanning process could take up to 30 minutes, but pretty soon you will have some free TV coming into your home.

Lately, I’ve been using a ClearStream FLEX in one room, and an Antop Smartpass indoor antenna in another.

DirecTV Now: Watch Patriots vs Eagles Live Stream

DirecTV Now is one of the more reliable options nationally for watching Super Bowl LII online. The live TV service supports 60 frames per second, which is ideal for watching sports.

Parent company AT&T has expanded its NBC coverage across the U.S. And you can easily check whether a local NBC station is available in your area using this search tool.

The cheapest channel bundle is the “Live a Little” plan, which has 60+ channels for $35 per month.

This live streaming platform is geared towards people that want to option to watch live channels no matter where they are. It’s ideal if you want to watch Tom Brady while sitting at home and streaming on a Roku. DirecTV Now works just as well if you’re eager to catch Nick Foles in action while you’re traveling with an iPhone in hand.

To get the 60 frame rate support, make sure you’re streaming with an Apple TV (4th generation), or newer Roku or Amazon Fire TV device.

Regardless how you choose to live stream the game, you won’t have to miss out on when the Patriots and Eagles take to the field on Sunday. This channel bundle will also give you access to channels like ESPN, National Geographic, FX and Nat Geo Wild.

There’s no contract when you sign up for DirecTV Now’s 7-day free trial . Just be sure to cancel before the trial period ends if you don’t want to keep your subscription.

Watch Super Bowl LII online on fuboTV

fuboTV now carries 68 local NBC stations across the U.S. and not just in major markets. So there’s an excellent chance that you can use their live streaming platform to watch the game.

Look at their updated roster of NBC affiliates if you want to see if you’re covered.

fuboTV carries a wide selection of national and regional sports channels. But the company has focused on NFL coverage this year by adding NFL Network to the standard Premier channel bundle, and NFL Redzone as an add-on.

Aside from many local NBC stations, there are scores of local CBS and FOX stations. If you’re up for trying out fuboTV, you can also include Showtime as part of your free trial.

Big Ten Network, NFL Network, FS1 and FS2 are part of a 70+ channel bundle. If you keep the subscription, you’ll pay $19.99 for the first month, then the regular price of $39.99 per month. You want to keep Showtime too? That costs an additional $10.99 per month.

fuboTV has a number of entertainment channels as well, including A&E, Bravo, History, Travel Channel, Viceland and HGTV.

Subscribers get 30 hours of Cloud DVR storage. fuboTV has apps for just about any streaming device, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV devices like NVIDIA Shield TV.

Try out fuboTV free for 7-days.

Super Bowl Live Stream on Sling TV

Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial and carries a number of NBC affiliates across the U.S. You will need to sign up for the Sling Blue channel bundle to get your Super Bowl live stream.

You can check whether NBC is offered in your area, using Sling TV’s channel search tool.

Sling Blue will get you 45 channels for $25 per month. You will get A&E, and some neat movie channels life IFC and three Epix channels. MTV, Nat Geo and Nat Geo Wild are included with a Sling Blue subscription.

Sling TV has been around since 2015, so it has already seen its share of sporting events like the Super Bowl that draw an exceptionally high viewership. So it’s among the more stable choices out there. Sling TV offers 50 hours of a Cloud DVR feature so you can record your programs. It costs an additional $5 per month. A Sling Blue subscription gives you three simultaneous streams on all compatible devices like a Roku and Apple TV (4th generation).

There’s a free 7-day trial offered to new customers. Prepay for two months and you can get a free Amazon Fire Stick or Roku Express or a free Winegard Flatwave indoor antenna.

Super Bowl live stream online with PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue is reliable for having local NBC stations within its channel lineup. You only need the entry-level Access bundle of 48+ live channels for the Super Bowl. It costs $39.99 per month, but Sony offers a free 5-day trial for new subscribers.

PlayStation Vue has an unlimited Cloud DVR feature that comes with any subscription. DVR “recordings” are actually saved to a server and deleted automatically after 28 days. PlayStation Vue works on any major streaming device, including Fire TV devices, Rokus and Android TV.

Watch Patriots vs Eagles in the Super Bowl LII on YouTube TV

YouTube TV took a local-channels-first approach when they began rolling out its service in 2017. That included putting many NBC affiliates in its 40+ channel lineup.

You can watch the Super Bowl at home or on your smartphone with YouTube TV. Viewers can stream on two devices at once. A subscription costs $35 per month and comes with unlimited Cloud DVR. YouTube TV supports Roku, Chromecast, a PC, or through Airplay on an Apple TV. If you own a NVIDIA Shield TV, you can also use the built-in Chromecast to cast YouTube TV from your smartphone.

YouTube has a really solid service for a decent price. You can read my review of YouTube TV or check out a free 14-day trial.

What’s the best way to watch Super Bowl LII?

Whether you’re a die-hard Patriots or Eagles fan, watching Super Bowl LII with a TV antenna is the best free option out there. If you’re not in an area where you can get broadcast channels over the air, then try out the NBCSports app. But remember your back-ups if the streaming starts to lag on you.

The DirecTV Now free trial will likely be your best bet to live stream the game. You have the option to watch the big game at home with your Roku or Fire Stick or on the go with your smartphone. Want something else to watch after the game is over? Then check out fuboTV and include Showtime for free as part of your weeklong trial.

How are you going to watch Super Bowl 2018? Let fellow readers know in the comments below.

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