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How to watch the Super Bowl: Time, where to stream, and everything else you need to know

The big game is available to stream on many different platforms this year.

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The biggest sporting event in America is on its way in just a couple of weeks. Super Bowl LVI is scheduled for February 13 and will determine the champion of the 2021-2022 National Football League.

Despite the COVID pandemic, the Super Bowl is still on schedule.

This year’s date is one week later than usual for the big game. That’s because the NFL increased the amount of regular-season games this year from 16 to 17. That makes for a longer season for players, but fans got an entire extra week of football.

With the nature of subscription streaming services changing so drastically over the last few years, it’s not as easy to find the big game as it used to be.

Many of us are cutting the cord and opting for streaming services over traditional cable and satellite TV. But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about the big game.

When and where is Super Bowl LVI?

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This year, the Super Bowl is taking place in California. Specifically, the game will be held in SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The impressive stadium was just finished construction at the end of 2020, and this will be the first time that it plays host to the big game.

The game is set to start at 6:30 EST (3:30 PST on the west coast). But with all the celebration and excitement that generally surrounds the Super Bowl, the actual kickoff will likely happen 20 or 30 minutes later. Of course, there will be a full day of pregame shows and celebrations, so you can start checking out coverage early in the morning.

And what about the halftime show?

The Super Bowl halftime show is always a major spectacle, and this year doesn’t look like it’ll disappoint.

Last year’s performance saw The Weeknd take center stage. This time around, the show includes an ensemble cast of legendary performers.

Super Bowl LVI halftime features performances from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.

That’s an incredible amount of talent to be packed into a halftime show that is only set to be about 12 minutes long. But if we know anything about Dr. Dre, we’re certainly in for an entertaining show.

How can you stream Super Bowl LVI?

Super Bowl LVI is being broadcast on NBC. But again, many of us have cut our cable plans altogether and moved towards various streaming services. So which one of those services will let you watch the big game?

Peacock

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Peacock is NBC’s own streaming service. While some content that you can watch on Peacock is free, you’ll have to pay if you want to watch the Super Bowl this year. You’ll have to subscribe to Peacock’s $5 per month premium plan to watch the game, but you’ll also get to watch the 2022 Olympics, which will be happening from February 4 to February 20.

NFL and Yahoo! Sports apps on mobile

You can stream the big game on both the NFL and Yahoo! Sports mobile apps for free. You can’t use these apps to stream the game on your TV, but they can definitely get the job done in a pinch. If you have a device with Android TV, just download the NFL app and you’ll be able to watch it directly on your TV.

NBC Sports app with credentials

If you prefer another app, Superbowl LVI will also be streaming on the NBC Sports app, but you will need credentials from a cable, satellite, or streaming service provider.

Any streaming service that includes NBC

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There are a lot of streaming services out that include NBC as part of their channel list. YouTube TV, FuboTV, Hulu Plus Live TV, and Sling TV all offer NBC, at least in some packages or markets.

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If you’re looking to go this route, do make sure that whichever service you sign up for offers NBC in your market. The last thing you want to do is sign up for a service that doesn’t carry NBC.

How to watch the Super Bowl for free

Here’s something no one ever talks about: free trials. A lot of streaming services provide free trials for new users, so if you time it out right, you can watch Super Bowl LVI for free on a premium streaming service.

In some cases, the free trial is only for a few days. Other times, it may last for a week or more. There are sometimes deals that extend the free trial to a whole month. That should cover a single football game on a single day, so you’re golden if you go this route.

You have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to these free trials. And regardless of which one you pick, most of the bigger names like YouTube TV, Peacock, and Hulu will all be streaming the Super Bowl. So you have plenty of options to choose from.

Another simple solution to watching the Super Bowl for free: HDTV antennas

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Don’t want to mess around with one of those streaming apps? There is one more option if you want to watch the big game without cable.

Since NBC is a local channel, the game is broadcasted over the air. Local TV stations in your area broadcast high-definition television over the air, also known as “OTA TV.” The only equipment you need to watch OTA channels is an HD TV and an antenna. OTA DVRs can even be used to record live TV. These antennas can easily be mounted indoors and cost between $20 and $50.

You can snag yourself an HDTV antenna, like one of these from Amazon, and hook it up to your TV. You should have no problem watching the big game this way. Plus, you get the added bonus of watching all of your local TV stations for free.

Leech off from one of your friends

If all else fails, mooch off a friend. Surely you know someone who plans on hosting the big game at their home. If that’s the case, give them a ring and ask if it’s OK if you can come by and watch the game with them. If you get an invite, just be sure to bring something. No one likes a freeloader.

And if none of your friends are hosting, your local sports bar or restaurant will be sure to host the game too, so there are always other options if friends aren’t your first choice.

Who’s playing in Super Bowl LVI?

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Super Bowl 56 will be played between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.

There are still a couple of weeks left to go before the big game, but the hype is already building. This year’s playoffs have been extremely exciting and that’ll hopefully continue through to the end of the Super Bowl. One thing is for certain, it’s going to be a big game and we’re here for it.

And as always, I expect the commercials to keep me just as entertained during breaks throughout the game.

How do you plan on watching the Super Bowl? Have any thoughts on this? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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