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How to watch the Super Bowl for free

Sunday’s big game (and halftime show) don’t have to cost you anything to watch

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Super Bowl LVII is just around the corner. It’s the big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, and the winner takes all (Madden NFL 23 thinks that Philly will win). It should be a good game, and it should also be a great halftime show, as Rihanna will take the stage. Whether you’re in it more for the game, the commercials, anticipated movie trailers like Fast X, or the glitzy halftime performance, I’m here to tell you about all of the ways that you can tune in for free, plus other paid recommendations.

When is the Super Bowl?

Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. EST/3:30 p.m. PST on Sunday, Feb. 12. Fox will be airing pregame coverage starting at 1 p.m., if you want to tune in early for commentary.

What time is the Super Bowl halftime show?

There’s no set time for the halftime show (featuring Rihanna) to begin, but it should take place at around 8 p.m., or slightly later, depending on the flow of the game.

Where can I watch the Super Bowl?

Fox has the exclusive broadcasting rights this year. For those in the U.S. who use an antenna for local channels, navigating to your local Fox affiliate is all that you need to do. If you have access to TV through a provider such as Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, Optimum, Spectrum, or Verizon Fios, your package of channels almost certainly comes with Fox.

Watching outside the U.S.? The NFL website has a comprehensive list of international networks that will air the Super Bowl.

How can I watch the Super Bowl for free?

I’m glad you asked. Some over-the-top (OTT) TV services, like YouTube TV and FuboTV, offer free trials for new customers. Those are sometimes extended to lapsed members who haven’t subscribed in a while, but we haven’t found any in time for the Super Bowl.

If you don’t want to pay a cent upfront, sign up for a free trial to any of the services below, and remember to terminate the service once you’re done with it. Who knows? You may enjoy it enough to keep it in your rotation of subscriptions.

These services aren’t free, but they might be what you want

There was a time when practically every OTT service offered a free trial. A few still do, but that time is mostly in the past. The services below aren’t free to start, but both offer a lot of content for the price. In the case of Sling TV, you can get half off the cost of your first month of service. Hulu Plus Live TV’s $69.99 tier includes Hulu’s original programming, in addition to Disney Plus and ESPN Plus.

A screenshot showing a family of devices running Hulu Plus Live TV.

Hulu Plus Live TV

Hulu’s Live TV tier that includes Hulu programming as well as Disney Plus and ESPN Plus costs $69.99 per month. There’s currently no free trial available. However, Hulu Plus Live TV is one of the most affordable ways to get access to some channels. Hulu is available on most major streaming platforms, whether you have a set-top box or a smart TV.