Super Bowl LIV will be kicking off (quite literally) this Sunday, where we can expect to see the San Francisco 49ers go up against the Kansas City Chiefs. It is possibly one of the biggest sporting events of the year if you’re a football fan and if you plan on watching the game, here are some of the options you can choose from depending on your needs, preferences, and your hardware back home.
How to watch the Super Bowl for free
These days there are fewer and fewer reasons to keep our cable or satellite subscriptions around, what with all the various online streamings services that are widely available to us. If you’ve already cut the cord, not to worry because there are options for you to watch Super Bowl LIV live and online, and also for free.
One of those options will be Fox Sports, where they will be live streaming the game starting at 6:30 p.m. ET for free. If you plan on watching on your mobile device, you’ll be able to stream the game using apps such as Fox Sports, Fox Now, or Fox Deportes. There is also the option of the NFL Mobile or Yahoo Sports app.
If you prefer using your computer, NFL.com will also be live streaming the game where you can catch it for free.
Alternatively, if you’re a bit of a traditionalist and prefer watching the game on your big-screen TV, you can do so through apps such as Fox Sports and Fox News where you can download them on most native smart TV platforms in addition to Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, or the Apple TV. Fox has also made an exception for the game where you will not require TV provider authentication, although you may be required to create a Fox Sports profile/account before watching.
Due to a dispute between Roku and Fox, all of Fox’s apps have bee pulled from Roku-powered TVs and dongles. Users will still be able to watch Super Bowl LIV through the fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, or Sling TV apps if they are subscribed to those services, but the Fox apps available on other smart TV platforms will not be working on Roku TVs.
How to watch the Super Bowl via streaming services
If you’re already subscribed to some streaming services, note that some of them will be live streaming the game. This includes YouTube TV (which costs $50 a month), Hulu with Live TV ($55 a month), AT&T TV Now ($65 a month), Fubo TV ($55+ a month), and Sling TV ($30 a month).
All of these streaming services will have Fox as one of their channels, meaning that you’ll be able to tune in on Sunday and watch the Super Bowl live. The added benefit of subscribing to these services is that you’ll also be able to watch other shows, so being able to stream the Super Bowl live this Sunday will be a nice bonus.
If you’ve not subscribed to any of these services, note that most of them typically offer up a free trial period. If you want to be cheap, you can take part in the trial just to watch the game and then cancel your membership before you get charged.
How to watch the Super Bowl in 4K
According to Fox, they claim that Super Bowl LIV will be the first Super Bowl available in the highest resolution ever, which for now will be 4K. It should be noted that it will not be a native 4K stream, but rather it is produced in 1080p with HDR and then upscaled to 4K, which should make it look better than standard HD streams.
The 4K stream will be available through all of Fox’s apps and third-party streaming services. If you want to enjoy the game in 4K, you will need to of course own a 4K TV and if you’re streaming, you’ll need to make sure your internet can handle 25MB/s download speeds to support a 4K stream, that is if you want to enjoy a stutter-free stream.