Fox has confirmed that, for the first time ever, the Super Bowl will be broadcast in 4K UHD and HDR. (It’s not actually produced in 4K — Super Bowl LIV will be shot in 1080p resolution and then upscaled to 4K, which your 4K TV is probably already doing.) Those who have a 4K TV and access to Fox via a cable subscription can simply turn to Fox on Sunday evening to start streaming in 4K.
Cord cutters aren’t out of luck, however. If you’ve cancelled your cable subscriptions in favor of streaming services, you will still be able to catch the game in 4K (assuming, of course, you have some kind of 4K display.) For 4K UHD/HDR, you’ll need an Amazon Fire TV 4K streaming device with HDR10 support; Apple TV 4K will be streaming at 4K but at Standard Dynamic Range (SDR, not HDR).
How to Watch the Super Bowl
Super Bowl LIV will air on Fox at 6:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 2. The San Francisco 49ers face off against the Kansas City City Chiefs on Sunday at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, in what will be the Chiefs’ first Super Bowl in 50 years. Jennifer Lopez will be performing in the halftime show, alongside Shakira. (Here’s hoping that even after her Oscars snub, J.Lo covers her Hustlers scene stealer, Fiona Apple’s “Criminal.”) Demi Lovato will sing the national anthem.
The first and best option for watching the Super Bowl without cable is the Fox Sports app. While it usually requires a subscription for live events, the Super Bowl will be streaming for free on the Fox Sports app or online at FoxSports.com. Alternatively, you can stream for free via the Fox Now, Fox Deportes, NFL Mobile, or Yahoo Sports apps.
Live TV add-ons
If you think you’ll want to watch more television events throughout the year, but you don’t want to go back to cable, plenty of streaming services offer live TV add-ons. For those who already subscribe to Hulu, it’s easy to add Live TV to your service for an extra $49 monthly (bringing it to $54.99/month with ads or $60.99/month without ads.) Alternatively, FuboTV is $54.99 per month as well. And YouTube TV is $5 cheaper at $49.99/month. All three services will stream the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Finally if you just want to pick up the Big 4 networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox) and a few basic cable channels, you can pick up a TV antenna. These aren’t the rabbit ears that you found in your grandparents’ den — modern antennas are sleek and flat, and many support 4K HDR. Plus, they’re cheap. You can pick up a 4K HDR antenna with access to as many as 60 cable channels for around $30.