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It’s the biggest sporting event of the year.
The 2019 Super Bowl, the biggest sporting event of the year, is finally here, with the New England Patriots taking on the Los Angeles Rams. It’s the old guard vs. the new, with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, arguably the greatest NFL quarterback and coach of all time, respectively, facing off against a third-year quarterback in Jared Goff and Sean McVay, who at 33 is the youngest coach to ever reach the Super Bowl.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch a Super Bowl live stream for free, along with some quick answers to the most common questions about the big game.
What time does the Super Bowl start?
The Super Bowl LIII starts at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT on Sunday, Feb. 3.
What channel is the Super Bowl on?
The 2019 Super Bowl is on CBS, but you can find several other options for a Super Bowl live stream below. The game will also be aired in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.
Where is the 2019 Super Bowl?
The game is taking place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Super Bowl odds
The New England Patriots are favored by 2.5, but experts are expecting a shootout. The over-under for total points scored is 56.5.
Super Bowl 2019 live stream: How to watch Patriots vs. Rams for free
The Super Bowl is a great opportunity to test out one of the live TV streaming services that make it easy for you to cut the cord and save a ton of money every month. All of the services below offer CBS in some capacity, but you’ll want to double-check its availability in your area using the links provided.
- Cost: $39.99 for your first month and $44.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
- ESPN: No
- NFL Network: Yes
- NFL RedZone: Yes (FuboTV + Sports Plus)
FuboTV specifically caters to sports fans, as you’ll note by the abundance of such channels in its basic lineup, which includes regional sports networks, Big Ten Network, BeIn Sports, and FS1 and FS2. It’s the best streaming service for international soccer and, with a standard package that includes access to all four major broadcast channels and NFL Network, it’s a solid choice for streaming NFL playoff games, too. The major asterisk to FuboTV is that it doesn’t include ESPN, but you’ll get free three-day replay for games and 30 hours of cloud DVR storage. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $4.99 per month (after 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Android and Android TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, select smart TVs
If you don’t want to take any chances for streaming the Super Bowl, go straight to the source. CBS All Access is CBS’ standalone subscription service. In addition to live streaming, you’ll also get access to all of your favorite CBS shows and CBS All Access originals like Star Trek: Discovery. You can also add CBS All Access as an Amazon Prime channel. Either way, you’ll get a free seven-day free trial.
- Hulu Live TV cost: $44.95 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
- Local channels: Yes (check your local availability here)
- ESPN: Yes
- NFL Network: No
- NFL RedZone: No
Hulu with Live TV has all of the essentials when it comes to streaming live sports. Even better, its 50-plus channel lineup includes six ESPN channels—seven if you include SEC Network. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.) While you won’t be able to add NFL RedZone or NFL Network, you won’t need those extra for the 2019 Super Bowl, and Hulu has one thing none of its competitors can match: a massive library of on-demand entertainment you can watch anytime. Here are guides to the best movies, documentaries, anime, and Hulu original series to watch to get you started. Even after a recent price hike, it’s still one of the best deals around.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a seven-day free trial)
- Devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
- ESPN: Yes (PlayStation Vue Access and above)
- NFL Network: Yes (PlayStation Vue Core and above)
- NFL RedZone: Yes (PlayStation Vue Sports Pack)
There are better options out there—just not if you’re looking to stream the Super Bowl using a PS4. PlayStation Vue offers a comparable channel list as Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV at a slightly higher price point. One thing that sets it apart: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and you can upgrade your account to include nearly 80 channels. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)
- Cost: Free
- Devices: Most web browsers
If you live in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Boston, or Dallas, you should checkout Locast, a not-for-profit service that provides a simple and free solution for streaming local channels. It’s perfect for watching the Super Bowl on your laptop or phone, but if you’re hoping to stream on your TV, you’ll need to use a Chromecast or something similar to cast from your device to the big screen.
- Cost: $49.99 (after 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Apple TV, Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox, PS4, Android and iOS devices
It’s way too late in the season to justify subscribing to NFL Game Pass, especially with the hefty price tag, but it comes with a seven-day free trial, and you can cancel anytime. That means it’s a simple solution for watching the Super Bowl online if all else fails. Just don’t forget to cancel.
7) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check local availability)
- ESPN: Yes
- NFL Network: Yes (Just Right package and above)
- NFL RedZone: No
By far the most comprehensive option, DirecTV Now is the online version of DirecTV, and it offers five distinct channel packages at prices that are still far below cable. The entry-level Live a Little package ($40 per month) has pretty much everything you need to stream the Super Bowl today, plus cable essentials like CNN, ESPN, and MTV. But you get a whopping 125 channels if you upgrade to the $75-per-month Gotta Have It package. Worth noting: If you’re an AT&T Unlimited customer, you’ll save $25 a month on any DirecTV Now package. (You can view the full DirecTV Now channels list here.)
8) YouTube TV
- Cost: $40 per month (after a seven-day free trial)
- Devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
- ESPN: Yes
- NFL Network: No
- NFL RedZone: No
YouTube TV offers a simple and compelling package for sports fans. In addition to all of the local channels, you’ll get ESPN, a couple of college sports networks, and specialty channels like NBA TV and MLB Network. While it’s light on extras like NFL RedZone, YouTube TV is great if you have roommates you’re looking to split the cost with. Each subscription supports up to six accounts per household, and each comes with unlimited cloud DVR. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
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Austin Powell is the managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.