Intro: How to Stream the Super Bowl for Free Without Cable 2023
Television’s biggest event of the year is almost upon us: the Super Bowl! This year’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles will take place on Sunday, February 12th, 2023 at 6:30PM Eastern Time.
Super Bowl LVII will be held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona and air on the FOX broadcast network for cable subscribers. As for this year's halftime show, it features music's second-best-selling female artist of all-time Rihanna.
But how can cord cutters watch it?
This article will cover four ways you can stream the 2023 Super Bowl without cable and best of all, all four methods are FREE.
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Method #1: Watch it Free Through the Fox Sports App
After creating a username and password to sign in to the Fox Sports app, you normally have to then connect a paid cable or TV provider by signing in with that account’s credentials, too. But they are making a special exception for this year’s Super Bowl.
As reported earlier this month by The Streamable and confirmed by Shall I Stream It? with a representative from Fox Sports,
as long as you are signed in with a Fox Sports account (which is free), you will be able to stream the entire live Super Bowl broadcast including the game and halftime show for free in 4K resolution without signing in with a cable provider.
UPDATE 2/12/23: It just got easier! You don't need to create a FOX Sports username and password any more. Just download the app and start watching the live coverage!
Take note that through this method you won't be able to record the game, pause, or rewind live TV.
Method #2: Get a Free Trial of a Live TV Streaming Service
Live TV streaming services offer the same channels you’d get with cable or broadcast TV, but over the internet without the need for physical equipment or longterm contracts. While they are an investment, they are still a savings over a cable subscription.
What’s more is that multiple live TV streaming services that offer FOX include free trials for new customers. They are: YouTube TV, DirecTV Stream, and fuboTV.
Hulu + Live TV and Vidgo offer FOX but do not offer free trials. Sling TV does not offer a free trial but they do offer FOX in select markets (more on that below). Philo and Frndly TV do not carry the FOX network.
A benefit to a live TV streaming service is that you can record the Super Bowl plus pause and rewind live TV- something you can’t do through the FOX Sports app. You’ll also get access to all the other channels and content that are included with your subscription.
Here’s a chart to break it all down.
|Service||Price||Free Trial?||Sign-Up Link|
|Sling TV*||$40-$55/mo. (1/2 off 1st month)||No||Sign Up Here|
|Hulu + Live TV||$69.99/mo. (includes Disney Bundle)||No||Sign Up Here|
|Vidgo||$64.95/mo.||No||Sign Up Here|
|fuboTV||$74.99/mo (+ 15% off 1st month)||Yes (7 Days)||Sign Up Here|
|DIRECTV Stream||$74.99/mo.||Yes (5 Days)||Sign Up Here|
|YouTube TV||$64.99/mo ($10 off 1st 3 months)||Yes (varies)||Sign Up Here|
Method #3: Get a Free Trial of NFL+
This mobile-only streaming service from the NFL includes the live broadcast of the Super Bowl. The drawback is you can only watch it on a mobile device and you cannot cast it from your phone to a TV.
They offer two plans, one that includes live games and coverage for $4.99/month and another that incudes live games plus ad-free replays of the games for $9.99/month. Both plans include a seven day free trial and an offer for three free months of Apple Music at the time of publication.
Method #4: Watch it with an Antenna
Yup, you can still watch TV with some good ol’ bunny ears. But the antennas of today aren’t quite the same as they were in previous eras. With sleek, modern designs that are equipped to pick up dozens of local channels, you can keep an antenna by your TV, mount it to a wall, or install it on your roof.
Here are some pro tips when shopping for an antenna.
- There are a lot of “junk” antennas out there. Stick to reliable, trusted brands like Antennas Direct, Mohu, Antop, and RCA.
- Check out this handy map from the FEC to see where the broadcast towers are in proximity to your home. Try to place your antenna facing the towers.
- Place your antenna high up and near a window.
- If you get choppy reception, consider an amplifier for your antenna.
Final Thoughts: How to Stream the Super Bowl for Free Without Cable 2023
There you have it! To watch the Super Bowl you’ve got options. How will you be watching this year’s game? Who will you be rooting for? The Chiefs? The Eagles? Rihanna? Let us know in the comment section below!