Well, here we are. We’ve arrived at the conclusion of another season of America’s favorite game despite some COVID-related challenges and the economic crises of the pandemic year. NFL Super Bowl LV 2021 is taking place on February 7, 2021 at 6:30 pm ET. This year, it’s Patrick Mahomes versus Tom Brady, as the Kansas City Chiefs face off against the Tamba Bay Buccaneers.
The Super Bowl is essentially an unofficial American holiday, and unlike other holidays where large family gatherings were making health experts nervous re: COVID spikes, the Super Bowl only requires that everyone stay put on their couches and watch TV. Seems fairly pandemic-friendly, right?
Now that you’ve gathered your favorite Super Bowl snacks, gotten your alcohol delivered and picked a team to root for, it’s time to figure out how exactly you’re going to watch the game. If you’re wondering how to watch Super Bowl LV, we’ve got you covered. There are actually a ton of options for watching Super Bowl 2021 online and on TV, including some free options.
If you’ve got cable — the solution is easy as the game and coverage will be on CBS, but who has cable these days? NBC and CBS ended up switching broadcast rights to the Super Bowl this year so that NBC could broadcast both the big game and the 2022 Winter Olympics, so your streaming options are more limited to services that have CBS. Below we’ve outlined all of your options for watching the big game on various websites, apps, and streaming services. Do your research so you don’t miss a single moment of the action or ultra-expensive commercials.
fuboTV enables you to watch live sports and TV without cable — and includes many of the top channels you’d have access to with cable including CBS, FOX, MSNBC, Animal Planet, TLC and more. The price point is essentially the same as cable, at $65 per month for their most basic package, but you can watch channels live and on demand, and cancel anytime. We recommend starting your 7-day free trial of the service with enough time to watch the game, and then cancelling before you get hit with the larger monthly charge. You’ll be able to watch the Super Bowl through Apple TV, Roku, Amazon, Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS and Android once you’ve signed up.
2. YouTube TV
The video streaming website you know and love has a TV branch as well, and it happens to be a place where you can watch a lot of sports. It’s got 85+ of the top entertainment, news, sports and reality channels you love — you can record without storage limits and each subscription includes six accounts. The channels include CBS, where Super Bowl LV is being broadcasted, and they also offer a free trial if you want to set that up for the day itself. The service boasts no hidden fees and comes at a very similar price point to fuboTV. The only caveat is it’s not available in all zip codes — so check before you plan on using it.
3. Hulu + Live TV
It’s the reliable, niche streaming service you know and love and with a subscription to their Live TV service you can stream the big game no problem. You can watch the Super Bowl on your laptop easily, or download the necessary apps to hook the game up to smart televisions, gaming consoles and media streamers. It’s available on and compatible with devices including Android, iOS, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, PlayStation 4 and 5, the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One among others.
4. AT&T TV NOW
AT&T TV NOW has merged with AT&T TV and created one giant streaming service that includes HBO Max in some of its more premiere offerings. If you sign up for their Ultimate package that includes HBO Max for an entire year as well as 130+ local channels you’ll get access to CBS and be able to watch the game. This offering is a bit more expensive, but if you were already considering getting HBO Max for all of this year’s movie releases, why not just bundle it all into one purchase?
5. CBS All Access
This is the subscription to have if all you’re interested in is being able to watch the game. It’s their own on-demand streaming service that enables you to watch all of their content for a flat monthly fee. You can tune into CBSN, CBS Sports HQ and ET Live 24/7 from anywhere in the country using this subscription, and this includes watching the Super Bowl on February 7th. The vast majority of devices stream CBS All Access and since their Commercial Free option only costs $10 per month, it’s a cheaper alternative to the risk of accidentally spending $65 because you forgot to cancel one of the others on this list after your free trial.
6. Free Digital Options
CBS has also said that the game will stream for free on various NFL apps as well as certain participating teams’ digital properties. You’ll also be able to stream the game for free on Yahoo Sports and other Verizon Media mobile apps. You can also watch it on CBSSports.com as well as their CBS Sports app, which can be downloaded for free from the app store.
8. Antenna TV
Lastly, if you’d like to pick up an HD TV antenna and you’ve got a CBS affiliate in your area, this is another way to watch the Super Bowl on the first Sunday in February. We’ve picked out the one below as our favorite because it’s affordable but will stream a high-quality picture, pending you’ve got good reception in your area.