If you don’t have cable, it can be tough figuring out how to stream the Super Bowl. Airing today, this year’s game has the San Francisco 49ers facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. It’s time to break out the chip dips, don your favorite jersey, and maybe win big in your office betting pool. If you don’t care about either team and are just here for the party, we’ve included two fluffier alternatives for your viewing pleasure. Regardless of which show you’ll be watching, we’re here to help. Below is the WIRED guide to streaming all the Bowls.
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What Time Do These Events Start?
Kitten Bowl VII (2 pm ET): The seventh Kitten Bowl will kick off the day’s activities at 2 pm eastern time on the Hallmark Channel and will re-air at 5 pm. It features a ton of adorable kittens competing for the “Feline Football trophy” and a fur-ever home. All the cuddly critters are up for adoption.
Puppy Bowl XVI (3 pm ET): The 16th Puppy Bowl kicks off an hour later, at 3 pm ET, and airs on Animal Planet. Judging from the schedule, you can pretty much tune into Animal Planet anytime on Sunday and see some sort of puppy-related content. The Puppy Bowl XVI starting lineup includes 96 puppies and pits Team Ruff against Team Fluff. They all are also available for adoption.
Super Bowl LIV (6 pm ET): The 2020 Super Bowl livestream begins Sunday, February 2, at 6 pm ET, and kickoff is at 6:30 pm. It airs live on Fox. Demi Lovato will sing the national anthem, and Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will perform at the halftime show. Additionally, new for this year, streamers can watch the game in Ultra HD if they have a compatible device. The TL;DR method to get the game is to watch free on FoxSports.com or via the Fox Sports apps. Note that you will need to create a Fox Sports profile, which is free. You’ll find more details further down this page.
How to Stream the Kitten Bowl
There are three easy ways to watch the Kitten Bowl online. All of these services essentially offer live TV channels via the internet. Most of them have a website you can use to watch. Alternatively, the services tend to work on Roku and most of the best streaming devices.
Philo’s $20 Plan Has the Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl: Philo is a lesser-known live-TV service that skips the big networks to deliver a cheap price. Its plan does have Animal Planet and the Hallmark Channel, so you’re in luck if you hate football that doesn’t revolve around cute pets. To get the Super Bowl, you’ll need an alternative way to access Fox, such as the aforementioned livestream or a digital antenna to pick up your local station (see the sections below for details). Philo works on Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku, and it also has iPhone/Android apps. New users can get a free five-day trial (or 10 days if you agree to share your billing info—just remember to cancel if you only want the trial).
Sling TV’s $30 Plan Is Kitten-Friendly: Order the standard $25 Orange or Blue bundle (with a seven-day free trial) and add the $5 Lifestyle package to get the Hallmark Channel. Sling TV is compatible with most devices. Sadly, it does not have Animal Planet or Fox.
AT&T’s $15 WatchTV App Has the Puppy and Kitten Bowl: This AT&T plan has Animal Planet and Hallmark, along with around 40 other channels. It has a free seven-day trial, and it works on Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iPhone, and Android phones. Oddly, it does not support Roku.
How to Stream the Puppy Bowl
You hardly belong on the internet if you hate cats, but there’s nothing wrong with being pro-pupper too. The services below offer live TV channels via the internet. Most of them have a website livestream and work on Roku and our other favorite streaming devices.
Services With Kittens and Puppies: Philo’s $20 Live TV service has Animal Planet and the Hallmark Channel, along with dozens of other channels, decent device support, and a free trial. AT&T’s $15 WatchTV service has about 40 other channels and a free seven-day trial, but it doesn’t support Roku.
Services With Puppies and People (but No Kittens): You can watch the Puppy Bowl via YouTube TV, which also has Fox Sports. It typically costs $50 per month, but a one-week trial is free for new customers. Hulu + Live TV has a similar channel list, including Fox Sports, and costs $55 per month. Trials are available with Hulu as well. Remember to cancel your membership before your trial period ends if you are not interested in subsequent charges. We suggest setting a reminder on your phone or calendar.
How to Stream the Super Bowl
If you aren’t feeling cuddly and want to get straight to Chiefs v. 49ers, there are a lot of options for you. Like we said in other sections, the services below offer on-demand programming and live TV channels via the internet. Most of them have a website livestream and work on Roku and other fantastic streaming devices.
Stream It Free on the Fox Sports App
This is the best way to watch the Super Bowl if you aren’t a cable subscriber. You’ll be able to stream the Super Bowl at FoxSports.com, including pregame coverage, the halftime show, and more. You’ll need to create a free profile to watch. The game will also be broadcast on the Fox Sports app for Android and iOS. Additionally, you can watch the game on Apple TV, Roku, and Fire TV devices, among others.
Stream It Free in 4K
This year, for the first time ever, the Super Bowl will be available in 4K UHD. You’ll need a compatible device to view it in ultra-crisp definition, though. Aside from a 4K TV, you will need a 4K-compatible Roku, Amazon Fire device, or Apple TV device.
Stream It on a Live TV Service With a Free Trial
If you want another option, there are a couple of online live TV services that have Fox Sports and a free trial. They’re available on a wide variety of devices, and all of them have at least a free seven-day trial. The only way you’ll run into trouble with these services is if you do not have a local Fox channel or affiliate available in your area. You can see a list of those here. Really, though, if you’re just looking to stream the Super Bowl, we recommend streaming for free via the Fox Sports website rather than signing up for a trial.
Hulu Live TV costs $55 after a free trial (65+ channels)
YouTube TV costs $50 after a free trial (60+ channels)
Watch Free Using a Digital Antenna
If you think you might live close enough to pick up a local Fox affiliate, you can purchase a digital indoor TV antenna. This map may be able to help you determine whether or not you’re in range. We’ve had good luck with flat window antennas. This $29 antenna is a solid pick. Just stick it right on your window, aimed in the general direction of the stations you’re hoping to reach, if at all possible, and go to ANT in your TV’s input list.
Watch the Super Bowl Later, On Demand
The NFL GamePass will let you watch the game after it’s over (possibly starting around midnight) at your convenience on most major devices. It also has a free trial. Just be sure to put your phone away, and stay away from every screen and person you know until you watch it.
You Can Also Listen to the Super Bowl
If moving pictures aren’t your thing, or you’re going to be out somewhere, you can listen to the Super Bowl live in a few ways: TuneIn, SiriusXM, NFL GamePass, and Westwood One radio stations.
If This Guide Has Failed You
If none of these solutions work, I can only imagine you need a new TV or a new TV streaming box (just buy a Roku). Or maybe just bite the bullet and order cable.
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