Super Bowl LVI is set for kickoff on February 13, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
The 2022 NFL championship game will pit the Cincinnati Bengals against the Los Angeles Rams. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 PM EST/3:30 PM.
The competition among streaming services this year is fierce.
DIRECTV STREAM is hoping to attract new customers with a new 5-day free trial with the added option of getting longer free trials of four premium channels: Showtime, Cinemax, STARZ and EPIX. (Details below.)
Table of Contents
- How to Stream the Super Bowl
- Is Super Bowl LVI on Sling TV?
- What’s the best way to watch Super Bowl LVI?
How to Stream the Super Bowl
You can watch the Super Bowl live on Sunday Feb. 13 at 6:30 PM EST using one of the live TV streaming services listed below. These services are supported on Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast with Google TV.
If you don’t have an Internet connection, you can also try to watch the game for free on a local NBC station using a TV antenna.
Cheapest option: Peacock
Peacock, the streaming service from NBCUniversal, is live streaming Super Bowl LVI on its Premium tier. Coverage on Peacock begins at 12 PM/ET with “Road to the Super Bowl” followed by “Super Bowl LVI Pregame” at 1 PM.
Peacock is already live streaming the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, which runs until Sunday, February 20.
A subscription to Peacock Premium costs $4.99 per month with no contracts. The service has apps for Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast with Google TV.
Peacock also carries other live sports, including Premier League, Supercross and WWE. This month, Peacock is launching a number of original shows, including “Bel-Air”, which reimagines “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.
Subscribers get next-day access to NBC TV shows. Peacock has more than 50 live digital channels and 60,000 hours of movies and TV shows.
How to Watch Super Bowl LVI for free with a TV antenna
You can watch a local NBC station for free by using a TV antenna.
Check to see if you are near any broadcast towers by using Antennas Direct free tool.
Just type in your zip code, and you will get a list of local channels that should be available in your area.
Many NBC stations broadcast in 1080i or 720p picture resolution. The picture quality from a TV antenna is generally better than a feed from cable TV because the image doesn’t need to be compressed as much.
Viewers using a TV antenna also won’t experience a delay in the broadcast that is typical with streaming services.
If you are new to TV antennas, here is a list of resources that I have written to get you started.
- How to Choose the Best TV Antenna and OTA DVR
- How to Connect Multiple TVs to One Antenna
- Review: The Best Indoor TV Antennas
- Review: The Best Outdoor TV Antennas
DIRECTV STREAM rolled out a new 5-day free trial just before Super Bowl LVI.
NBC is available in the Entertainment bundle, which costs $69.99 per month.
Subscribers get more than 65 channels, unlimited Cloud DVR and 40,000 on-demand shows. You can watch live TV on up to 20 screens at once.
New customers can choose to get a free trial of Showtime, STARZ, EPIX and Cinemax. The free trial for these four premium channels lasts for three months if you keep your DIRECTV STREAM subscription.
The regular rate for those four channels kicks in after the three-month free trial ends.
You can watch DIRECTV STREAM on Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast with Google TV and Apple TV.
New customers can get the 5-day free trial for DIRECTV STREAM. Subscriptions run month to month. There are no contracts or obligations.
fuboTV carries local NBC stations as part of its starter bundle.
A subscription costs $64.99 per month.
Subscribers get 250 hours of Cloud DVR, and a library of on-demand movies and TV shows. You can watch live TV on three screens at once.
fuboTV has apps for Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast with Google TV and Apple TV. There are mobile apps for smartphones and tablets.
There are no contracts or obligations to keep the service. But if you do keep your subscription, fuboTV has been experimenting with quarterly billing instead of monthly.
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV has local NBC stations, and now includes subscriptions to Disney+ and ESPN+.
A subscription costs $69.99 per month. Subscribers can now use their Hulu + Live TV account to sign in to apps for Disney+ and ESPN+.
You can look over what live TV channels are offered in your area by scrolling to the bottom of Hulu’s screen.
You can watch live TV on two screens at once. Hulu has apps for Amazon Fire TV, Smart TV, Roku, Google Chromecast with Google TV and Apple TV.
Hulu also has apps for iPhone, tablets and Android smartphones.
YouTube TV has 85+ channels, including local NBC stations across the U.S.
You can watch the Rams vs Bengals live on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast with Google TV.
Viewers can stream live TV on three screens at once. A subscription costs $64.99 per month and comes with unlimited Cloud DVR.
You can sign up for a free 7-day trial. There are no contracts or obligations.
Is Super Bowl LVI on Sling TV?
Sling TV carries local NBC stations in 11 U.S. markets. Here is a map that shows what local FOX and NBC stations are available on Sling TV.
ABOUT THE MAP: Click on an icon to see what local NBC or FOX stations are in your area. This map is a sequel of sorts to a similar map I made on the site in 2016 for the now-defunct PlayStation Vue.
Sling Blue will get you 45 channels for $35 per month.
Subscribers get 50 hours of free Cloud DVR to all subscribers. You can stream live TV through Sling TV using a Smart TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV
Sling Blue subscribers can watch live TV on up to three screens at once. When you sign up for Sling TV, there are no contracts.
What’s the best way to watch Super Bowl LVI?
A TV antenna is a solid option for watching the Super Bowl for free. But not everyone wants to use a TV antenna or has time to set one up.
The cheapest way to stream the Super Bowl in 2022 is by signing up for Peacock. A subscription is $4.99 per month.
For a more robust channel lineup, DIRECTV STREAM also has a 5-day free trial. A subscription to DIRECTV STREAM on its own costs $69.99 per month.
DIRECTV STREAM is offering another three-month free trial with its live TV package to include Showtime, Cinemax, STARZ and EPIX. The rate for the premium channels kick in after the free trial ends unless you cancel beforehand.
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