New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams fans, rejoice — it’s almost time for the 53rd iteration of the Big Game. Tickets for this year’s Super Bowl are prohibitively expensive — we’re talking at least $2,870 a pop, folks. Not everyone has that much disposable income burning a hole in their pockets.
Thankfully, we live in a time when cord-cutting is a thing. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a ticket and hundreds of dollars on flights and a hotel to watch the Super Bowl. You don’t even have to spend a dime, so long as you didn’t use up those free trials.
You can easily stream this year’s Super Bowl to your smartphone, PC, or TV. Here’s how to stream Super Bowl without hassle!
When does Super Bowl LIII start and who’s playing?
Kickoff for Super Bowl LIII will start at 6:30PM EST at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The game will be between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. CBS will air Super Bowl LIII with commentators Jim Nantz and former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Which apps will stream Super Bowl LIII?
Since CBS will air the Super Bowl, it makes sense that you'll be able to stream the Big Game on the CBS Sports app. The best part is that you'll be able to stream Super Bowl for free — no sign-in or subscription required. Even if you're not interested in the Super Bowl, CBS Sports is useful for just about every sports fan. The app acts as a hub for news, scores, and videos for the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, college basketball, MLS, and many other sports.
In addition to the CBS Sports app, CBS fans can also stream the Super Bowl on CBS All Access. In addition to NFL games, CBS All Access offers full access to CBS' catalog of current and completed shows. Available shows include The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Survivor, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CSI: Miami, Star Trek, and many more. The app also offers exclusive original series, such as Star Trek: Discovery, No Activity, and The Good Fight. You can even watch your local CBS broadcast from the CBS All Access app.
YouTube is quickly becoming a for-real streaming service. Its regular content is getting better all the time. Additionally, its YouTube Red Originals is entertaining for some people. It rounds out the experience with YouTube Gaming (a Twitch competitor) and YouTube Kids. It also has music videos, tutorial videos, and lots of other stuff. YouTube TV is the company stretching into the live TV arena. That service contains over 40 channels, the best cloud DVR of any live TV app, and, of course, Chromecast support. It's a mix of conventional and unconventional. Classic Google.
Hulu is one of the more diverse video streaming apps. It has the usual streaming experience with a bunch of old TV shows, movies, anime, and other stuff. It also offers live television for $39.99 per month. The $39.99 per month price also covers regular Hulu stuff. That kills two birds with one stone. Their selections are fairly diverse. The service also offers over 50 channels with an option to expand that for extra money. It should work for most people. It does come with a free trial as well as Chromecast support.
PlayStation Vue is probably as close as you can get to real cable television on the internet. It features a variety of packages that range from $39.99 per month to $74.99 per month. Each tier up gives you access to more channels. The mobile app needs a little work. However, it does work well most of the time and supports Chromecast so it at least gets the basics right. This is pretty decent even if you don't actually own a PlayStation.
Some people might not be thrilled to know that DirectTV Now is an AT&T-owned service. Don't let that dissuade you from the solid value that DirectTV Now offers. The base $40 plan offers over 65 channels, with each tier up giving you access to more channels. You can even add premium channels like HBO and Starz for an extra $5 to $8 each month. DirecTV Now even has a cloud DVR feature, even though the feature is in beta. The mobile app still needs some work, but DirecTV Now's excellent value is hard to ignore.
It's a shame that FuboTV isn't brought up more, because it has what it takes to take on the larger cord-cutting players. We're talking live TV, 81 channels for the $45 option, free cloud DVR, and the option to tack on additional channels. What's interesting about FuboTV is its sports-centric nature. The service features several Bein Sports, Big Ten Network, Fox Sports, NBA TV, and NFL Network channels. There are even optional add-ons that feature nothing but sports channels. If you're a sports fan, FuboTV warrants strong consideration.
And that wraps up our list of best ways to live stream Super Bowl. Will you watch the Big Game online?