While you might not be a professional football fan, it’s difficult to not watch Super Bowl 2018. There are some who watch it for the actual game and others watch it strictly for the commercials. Last year, over 100 million people tuned in to watch commercials, the half-time show with Madonna and the game. However, with the cost of cable tv rising, people are no longer able to watch the big game in the comfort of their own home. People are beginning to cut the cord, when it comes to paying for cable television. However, there are ways to watch Super Bowl 2018. Even if you don’t have cable or satellite, you can still catch the biggest sporting event in American sports.
How to Watch Super Bowl 2018 live online?
Date: Feb. 4, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter)
Download An App
There are several apps that can be downloaded, so you can watch the big game on your device. NBC is trying to convince its viewers to watch the game through the NBC Sports App, but for some that’s not an option. Rest easy because there are other apps including Verizon’s Go90, Yahoo and the official NFL App will all stream the game for free, even if you’re not a paid subscriber. For those with Google Chromecast, you can stream the big game right to your big television, watching it without restricting yourself to a small tablet screen. The only problem you may encounter, is a slight delay in the stream. The commercials may also be changed because of sponsorship deals made with the various apps. NBC Sports app will be streamed on Amazon Fire, Roku, Android, Apple TV and other Smart TV’s.
Invest in a OTA Antenna
Super Bowl 2018 is being aired on NBC, which means if you can find a nice digital over-the-air antenna, you can receive a HD quality broadcast of the big game. Before you actually invest in the antenna, you can check a few websites online, that will determine whether you are in the covered area for the NBC station. Not all TV’s can pick up channels. You need a TV is capable of receiving digital signal, which became the standard in 2009. You could also just buy a digital converter box, which will boost your experience. If you’re crafty, you can even build your own antenna. You can usually find antennas that cost only $25 dollars. Not all antennas will work if you live in rural areas.
Signup for Streaming Service
Several streaming services have begun offering local programming with their product, including Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV. However, you first have to check and see if your local market carries the channels. Streaming viewership of the Super Bowl is expected to rise over what it was last year. Most of the streaming services offer seven day or 30 day trials, so you have time to watch the big game, without investing much money into and be able to cancel the membership if you didn’t like the service. However, if you use a streaming service, you may experience rebuffering and freezes, which can often get very annoying midway through the game.
Watch a live stream
Many people have begun streaming sporting events and tv shows online through services such as Twitch and YouTube. A Twitch user managed to stream a full UFC-pay-per-view, by acting like he was playing a video game. This method is not legal, but its probably the best place to go to find a high quality stream of Super Bowl 2018. Along with Twitch, you can sometimes find the big game being streamed on Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Periscope and U Stream. DirectTV Now is offering a week long trial.
While not legal, you can find some streams that other countries are streaming, while not being subjected to tight copyright laws and with the increased numbers of people live streaming, it can make social media platforms like Facebook and Periscope hard to patrol. You can also search through Reddit and usually find a link to a questionable live stream of Super Bowl 2018.
Get out of the house
There are some people who can’t watch the game in a house that is empty and they prefer the noise of a large crowd. The safest bet would find a place that is showing Super Bowl 2018. Most likely every bar and restaurant that has cable TV will be streaming the game since it’s not a pay-per-view event. If you go to a bar or restaurant, you might discover some game day discounts that they offer patrons during the game. You may even know a friend that’s hosting a Super Bowl watch party.
Check out Twitter
People are constantly on Twitter, live tweeting almost every sporting event that has happened. People took to Twitter during the 2017 Super Bowl and were tweeting out game play stuff as well as random memes that were created because of certain things that happened during the game. While you don’t have actual footage to see, you can probably find someone live tweeting the game, every play every minute. Heck they might even mention what the commercials are. You can also read the game summary before heading to work on Monday, even if you miss Super Bowl 2018 altogether.
No matter where you are, there is a very good possibility that you can watch the game in some form, whether its through several different apps or NBC’s live stream, or even a user’s live stream on YouTube. However if you are a viewer living outside of the United States, it may be harder to find a way to watch it, but in the United Kingdom both BBC and Sky Sports will broadcast Super Bowl 2018. You may also consider buying NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch the Super Bowl, even though you are outside the United States. Even though you don’t have cable, you can still find a service that will show you the game, some services will cost you a little money and others will not cost you a penny, it’s all up to how you want to watch Super Bowl 2018.