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What Channel Is the Super Bowl On?

The Super Bowl awaits with the kickoff between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams taking place on February 13. As one of the most-watched events in all of sports, the game is pretty easy to find, whether you’re going with a streaming service or basic cable. But it’s not always the same channel every year.

What Channel Is the Super Bowl Going to Be On?

Super Bowl XLI will be aired on NBC. Those with a television of some kind shouldn’t need more than a power supply and maybe a pair of bunny ears to get the feed. Streamers can catch the game on Peacock, the NBC Sports app, or even NBC That’s the case for DISH subscribers as well, who can tune in via the local NBC affiliate. Other options include the Yahoo! Sports app as well as the NFL app or Telemundo for a Spanish language feed. The game is set to start at 6:30 p.m. ET, with coverage beginning as early as 12:00 p.m. ET.

Super Bowl cocktails and snacks on a coffee table.

This is good intel as the vast majority of us won’t be lucky enough to get tickets to the Super Bowl. While we highly suggest viewing the game, you might not have the schedule to devote a half day to the game or opt to multitask while it’s on. You can listen via NFL Game Pass, Sirius XM NFL Radio, and Westwood One, among others.

You may want to cue things up before the teams hit the field, as there’s some intriguing pregame entertainment in store. Singer Jhené Aiko is set to perform along with Mary Mary, joined by the L.A. Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. As you’ve probably heard by now, halftime will be commanded by none other than Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar. In between plays, there will be the usual dosage of high-profile, very expensive commercials.

The championship game comes after a lengthy NFL season, one that both added a regular-season game to its schedule and expanded the playoffs. So far, the postseason has been a pretty wild ride, set with upsets, incredible fourth-quarter play, and all kinds of drama. We’re left with just two teams and they’ll take the field in Los Angeles in mere days.

The fanfare does being early, with both teams setting up shop in Los Angeles a week before the game (the Rams, of course, are already there). It’s part of an airy, seven-day stretch of interviews, changing odds on who will win the game, training, and players showing off their fashionable sides, a bit like the tunnel walk in the NBA. The week adds to the hype around the game, as well as a few more plot twists to the overall story.

There are sure to be viewing parties all over the country and beyond, especially in California and Ohio, where local fans will be eager to take it all in. Check out the game at your favorite sports bar if that’s your thing (and do so safely, people), or just lounge around at home in your favorite leisurewear and pull the game up on your big screen, tablet, or phone. You and roughly 100 million other Americans will be doing just that.

Are you ready for the game? We’ve got tips on bowl-friendly appetizers, drinks, BBQ, and even the best halftime performances of all time. Come February 13, you’ll be set to see who takes home the Vince Lombardi Trophy in style, fully nourished and ready to be entertained.

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