Whether you're anxious to tune into this Sunday's Super Bowl 50 to see Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, or to see if you win some money on your silly prop bet, or just want to tune in for the commercials, there are a handful of ways to catch the Big Game without an antenna or cable/satellite subscription.
- Day: Sunday, February 7th, 2016
- Time: Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. EST)
- Where: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, home of the San Fransisco 49ers
You can watch CBS's high-definition stream of the Super Bowl for free on your laptop or desktop at cbssports.com—no cable subscription needed.
The CBS Sports player supports Chromecast, so you can get the Big Game up on your big screen. If you don't have a Chromecast, you can connect your computer to your TV via an HDMI or other cable, depending on your hardware.
Unlike last year, it sounds like the Super Bowl 50 online stream will feature the same commercials as the over-the-air broadcast, so you won't have to worry about missing out on Budweiser's Clydesdale horses trotting across your screen.
It's unclear whether or not CBS will also be streaming its pre-game coverage, which begins at 8 a.m. PST (11 a.m. EST). So, you might have to find a friend with cable or some good rabbit ears if you wanted to watch Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition (do yourself a favor and don't watch this).
Watching on your smartphone is a little bit trickier, as Verizon has an exclusive rights deal to show NFL games on mobile. So, you'll need to be a Verizon Wireless customer to be able to download the NFL Mobile App for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone. Note that you can still download the NFL app with other carriers, but you won't be able to stream the game.
However, you should be able to open the CBS Sports site using "Desktop Mode," then cast the stream to your TV using Chromecast.
There are a few other devices that you can use to stream the Super Bowl on Sunday. The game will be available on the CBS Sports App/Channel on Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, and Windows 10.
The CBS stream only works for people with a U.S.-based IP address, so you might have to get creative depending on where you are. Both the BBC and Sky have broadcast rights to the game in the UK, so you can use either of their players to watch, but you'll need a subscription. If you don't have a Sky Sports subscription, you can buy a day pass on NOW TV.
If that doesn't suit you, UnoTelly is again running a Super Bowl promotion so you can use its SmartDNS service to unlock the game in your region. Just spend a minute or two creating a free account, and UnoTelly will give you the same access to CBS Sports that people in the United States have, meaning the stream will be free with no further signup required.
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Now that you should have no problem finding a way to watch the game, all that's left to do is wait until Sunday so we can kick back, wash back a dozen or two Buffalo wings with a couple cold ones, and see if Peyton Manning cries during the broadcast. Vegas is giving +600 odds that he does.