How to Watch the Super Bowl Online

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Super Bowl Lombardi Trophy on display with red curtains in background.
Super Bowl Vince Lombardi Trophy.  Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Super Bowl is the biggest game of the year in the National Football League (NFL). Watch the Super Bowl online by live streaming. Live streaming is watching a show or event in real-time through the internet instead of using a digital antenna or paid TV service, such as cable or satellite.

What Channel is the Super Bowl On?

For Super Bowl LII (52), NBC is the network selected to broadcast the game, which will take place on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.

NBC is expected to broadcast the game through the NBC Sports app and on the internet at NBCSports.com, in addition to their over-the-air standard broadcast.

Note: The NFL selects a network broadcaster for the Super Bowl on a year-by-year basis, so the primary broadcast network is often different each year. Fox, NBC, and CBS will rotate coverage through the end of the 2022 season. NBC will carry Super Bowl LII in 2018 and Super Bowl LV in 2021.

Watch the Super Bowl NBC Broadcast

For most sports events, both the NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com require a paid cable or satellite TV provider log-in to watch, however, the NFL has requested that online broadcasts of the game are network-neutral so it’s likely NBC will waive the paid provider log-in requirement for the game. Watch for NBC to release more information on how and where to watch as game day approaches. Here is a list of the expected options to watch the Super Bowl NBC broadcast:

  • Standard TV broadcast on your local NBC station
  • NBC Sports app [iOSAndroid]
  • NBCSports.com
  • Sling TV (NBC live stream only offered in select markets through Sling)
  • Playstation Vue (NBC live stream only offered in select markets through Vue)
  • DIRECTV NOW (NBC live stream only offered in select markets through DIRECTV NOW)
  • Fubo TV (NBC live stream only offered in select markets through Fubo TV)

Options to Live Stream the Super Bowl Verizon Broadcast

Verizon Wireless has a (non-exclusive) agreement with the NFL to live stream regular season games, playoff games, and the Super Bowl. Verizon-provided live streams of NFL games were previously limited to Verizon customers, however, the company has announced they will provide a free live stream of Super Bowl LII available to anyone with an internet connection, no matter who the service provider is.

Watch for more detail from Verizon on which apps and online options they’ll use for the online stream as the game gets closer. Verizon owns AOL, Yahoo, Yahoo Sports, and the go90 app–any of which might offer access to a free live stream of the game. Verizon also frequently live streams special events on their YouTube channel, often with special features for YouTube viewers. Here is a list of possible options to watch the Super Bowl online free broadcast from Verizon:

More Options to Stream the Super Bowl

Considering the non-exclusive nature of Verizon’s current agreement with the NFL, there are a few more options that might offer a free live stream of the Super Bowl.

Watch for updates in the two weeks or so leading up to the game to confirm if a free live stream will be offered by these additional options:

Watch the Super Bowl Outside of the United States

Not in the U.S.? You can watch, too! While not all of the networks in non-U.S. countries who will broadcast the game have been announced, the game often airs on the same networks internationally more consistently than in the States. Here are the most likely options for our friends in Canada and the United Kingdom:

  • Canada: CTV, CTV Two, TSN, and the CTV Go app
  • United Kingdom: BBC One, BBC Sport, BBC iPlayer, Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports NFL, and the Sky Go app

The website TotalSPORTEK often posts a full list of countries and channels planning to air the Super Bowl about a week before game day.

NFL fans outside of the U.S. can also set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access live streams through many of the options offered within the U.S. listed above.

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