How to watch the Super Bowl without cable

Joe Supan

Jan 6, 2021 — 3 min read

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  • CBS will air Super Bowl LV on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Streaming services that have CBS include AT&T TV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV
  • CBS will air the game on its website, but you’ll need to log in with a TV provider
  • You can also watch for free with a TV antenna or through Locast.org

The Super Bowl is one of the most iconic and lucrative sporting events in the U.S. It attracts viewers from all over the globe, and few occasions garner as much interest from commercial advertisers. Some people tune in for the football, others watch for the commercials. Then there is the halftime show, which has become must-see TV for pop-culture aficionados.

The Super Bowl ranks as the country’s most-watched event every year, and NFL games usually make up a third of the 100 most-watched primetime programs in any given year.

While TV viewership remains high, Super Bowl LIV in February 2020 marked a new development. The event smashed record streaming figures with a 23% increase over 2019, with around 7.4 millions households streaming the game. This number has increased every year that streaming has been available, and that trend will likely continue in 2021.

The Super Bowl schedule

Super Bowl LV will be held in Tampa on February 7, 2021. The road to reach it began back in September, with 32 NFL teams competing in four divisions in the American Football Conference (AFC) and four divisions in the National Football Conference (NFC). Regular season results decide the makeup of the playoffs, which begin the first weekend of January.

Because the NFL added two extra teams to the playoffs this year, there will be 14 teams total — seven from each conference. It comprises the four division champions, who are seeded one through four based on their winning percentage over the regular season. They are joined by three additional teams with the best remaining winning percentage in each conference. They become the fifth, sixth and seventh seeds.

The playoff schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Jan. 9

  • Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills: 1:05 p.m. ET
  • Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks: 4:40 p.m. ET
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Football Team: 8:15 p.m. ET

Sunday, Jan. 10

  • Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans: 1:05 p.m. ET
  • Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints: 4:40 p.m. ET
  • Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers: 8:15 p.m. ET

Divisional round: Jan. 16-18

  • No. 1-seeded Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers will host the lowest remaining seeds in their conferences

Conference championships: Jan. 24

  • Two remaining teams from each conference will play each other to determine who goes to the Super Bowl

Super Bowl: Feb. 7

  • AFC and NFC winners will meet in the championship game

How to stream the Super Bowl

Super Bowl broadcasts move between CBS, FOX and NBC on a three-year cycle. CBS has exclusive rights to broadcast Super Bowl LV, and the channel is available for free over the air (via a digital antenna) or Locast.org, through paid TV packages, on CBS.com or on the provider’s free app. You can also watch the game on CBS All Access. The service costs $6/mo., but you can take advantage of a seven-day free trial.

Sports fans can also get in on the excitement through streaming services that provide access to CBS. These include:

  • AT&T TV NOW: CBS is included in all AT&T TV NOW packages, which start at $55/mo.
  • fuboTV: CBS is included in fuboTV’s extensive sports and live TV streaming service, which starts at $65/mo.
  • Hulu + Live TV: Hulu gives viewers access to CBS with its basic package at $65/mo.
  • YouTube TV: YouTube TV subscribers can stream CBS with their $65/mo. plan 

Sports fans and pop-culture lovers can watch this year’s Super Bowl on smartphones, tablets and streaming devices like Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, PlayStation, Roku and Xbox.

How to stream the Super Bowl for free

If you just want to watch the big game without paying for an expensive TV packages, there are a couple ways you can stream the Super Bowl for free. A digital TV antenna costs around $30, and gets you all local channels in your area for free, which should include CBS. If it’s available in your area, you can also use Locast.org, which streams those same local channels through your internet connection. A Locast app is also available for smartphones and most streaming devices. Finally, all of the live TV streaming services listed above come with a free trial. Just remember to cancel before your free week is up.

The bottom line

The Super Bowl is one of the most popular sporting events in the world, and this year’s extravaganza promises to deliver more of the same hard-hitting action, creative commercials and must-see half-time musical entertainment. Cable cutters have several options when it comes to catching the game and its surrounding festivities. 

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Joe Supan

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Joe Supan

Senior Writer, Wireless & Streaming Content

Joe oversees all things wireless and streaming for Allconnect. His work has been referenced by McAfee, Fox network and more. He has utilized thousands of data points to build a library of metrics to help users n… Read more

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