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Here’s how to watch the Super Bowl for free

There are a number of ways to check out the 2024 Super Bowl without a cable subscription

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Now that it’s only a few days away, football fans and commercial lovers alike from across the country are eagerly preparing for the Super Bowl. Whether that means stocking up on drinks, picking up your favorite snacks, or figuring out which team you’re rooting for, there are plenty of ways to get ready. One of the most important, though, is to find a way to watch the Super Bowl that doesn’t cause too much hassle. If you have cable, you’ve got no worries, but if you don’t, things start to get interesting.

There are several ways to stream Super Bowl 2024, and we’ll get into each of them in detail below. So, if you’re looking for the best ways to watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, February 11, keep reading!

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How to stream the Super Bowl for free

There are several ways viewers can stream the Super Bowl for free. And the even better news? You can watch the Super Bowl online for free legally.

Watch the Super Bowl online

CBS has the rights to air Super Bowl LVIII, which means anyone with cable access to CBS can easily watch the Super Bowl. You can also watch the Super Bowl online at CBS.com with your TV provider login.

Can you watch the Super Bowl on Paramount Plus?

Yes! Another option if you’d like to stream the Super Bowl is subscription-based Paramount Plus, which is owned by CBS’ parent company. (Don’t have Paramount+? You can try out the streaming service’s one-week free trial.)

Can you watch the Super Bowl on FuboTV?

If you don’t have cable access, fear not! There are still several ways to watch the Super Bowl online. Among those is a streaming service called FuboTV that not only grants you access to CBS, and thus Super Bowl LVIII, but also has a 7-day free trial. If you’re hankering for a way to watch the game but have little interest in any additional content, you can cancel your membership after the big game before your free trial is up.

Can you watch the Super Bowl on YouTube TV?

In addition to Fubo, the Super Bowl is also available through YouTube TV. Like Fubo, it also comes with a free trial and offers access to CBS, which should allow you to watch the game without paying. YouTube TV should be available on most devices.

Can you watch the Super Bowl on Hulu?

If you haven’t heard from the fairly insistent advertising campaign, Hulu also has a live sports package. Hulu + Live TV doesn’t seem to have any sort of free trial, though, so you should be confident you’re going to use this service before you decide to sign up just for the Super Bowl.

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What if I live outside the U.S.?

The Super Bowl has become so big over the years that it has grown into a truly international event. So, if you’re a football fan from outside the U.S. or an expat longing for a taste of home, you won’t have to miss the action (but you may have to stay up very late or get up at an ungodly hour to see the game). The NFL estimated a global audience of over 56 million watched last year’s Super Bowl between the Chiefs and the Eagles, showing the NFL is gaining interest around the world. Here’s a brief list of who is carrying the game overseas:

  • United Kingdom: ITV, Sky Sports
  • Canada: CTV, TSN, RDS (French language)
  • Australia: Channel 7, 7mate
  • China: Guangdong Television, Liaoning TV Sports Channel, Fujian TV Sports Channel, Hangzhou TV Sports Channel, Tianjin TV Sports Channel, Shaanxi Sports Channel, BesTV, Tencent, G-Sports
  • Japan: Nippon TV
  • Germany: ProSieben, ProSieben Maxx, ran, Joyn, DAZN

This is just a sampling of overseas TV networks carrying Super Bowl 2024, so the best bet for international viewers is to check local TV listings to see what network is carrying the game locally.

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