Even if you aren’t a football fan, the Super Bowl is an American spectacle that you may find entertaining for one reason or another.
Whether you’re a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals or Los Angeles Rams, or simply want to see the big-budget commercials and the highly anticipated halftime show featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem, you can take solace in knowing that you don’t have to break the bank by watching this game on cable.
In fact, there are a few different low-cost options that will have you and your friends watching the festivities with little in the way of out-of-pocket expenses. That means more money for the snack budget!
In this article, I’ll walk you through all the details you need for the NFL’s big game and the variety of ways that you can watch it without paying for cable.
NBC has the broadcasting rights for Super Bowl LVI, which will be played on February 13, 2022, in Inglewood, California. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PST, which is 6:30 p.m. in the Eastern time zone.
The game and all of the pre-and post-game coverage will be on NBC. It will be simulcast on NBC’s streaming service Peacock and will air in Spanish on Telemundo.
If you’re like me and have cut the cord and kissed your cable TV bill goodbye, you may be looking for ways to gain access to NBC’s broadcast of the big game without forking over a bunch of money.
Luckily, there are some pretty solid options that aren’t hard to access. Let’s walk through them.
Since this game is being broadcast on NBC, there’s a good chance you may be able to catch a high-definition broadcast of the game over the air from your local NBC affiliate for free.
If you have cut the cord but don’t have an antenna for your home, this might be a good opportunity to look into making that addition for both this game and future television broadcasts that interest you.Advertisement
Team Clark has a guide for picking and using a digital antenna here.
If you’re not into the antenna idea and want an easy way to assure you can watch in high definition without committing to a live TV streaming service, your simplest answer may be to sign up for Peacock Premium.
Peacock, which is NBC’s video streaming service (and the streaming home for popular shows including The Office and Yellowstone), will also be broadcasting Super Bowl LVI.
You’ll have to pay for at least the premium tier of Peacock ($4.99 per month) in order to see the game, but your timing may be good here. Peacock is also the streaming home for NBC’s coverage of the 2022 Winter Olympics, so you can double up on your sports streaming in the same month at no additional cost. Winning!
If you don’t already have a live TV streaming service, now might be the time to give one a test spin.
Several services, including YouTube TV, offer their products at no cost for a short period of time before billing you for your first month of service. So theoretically, you could use your free trial to watch the Super Bowl for free and then cancel prior to the end of your trial period.
Be aware that not every live TV streaming service offers NBC as a part of its subscription.
Here’s a quick breakdown to help you pick a service based on NBC availability.
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If having access from a phone or tablet is the priority, you may find that there are a couple of free options that are easier than all of the above.Advertisement
Both the official NFL app and the Yahoo! Sports app will have a free stream of the NBC broadcast available. The NBC Sports app also will have the game, but it requires a login from a cable or streaming service.
If you have a device, such as a Google Chromecast, that will cast the video from your phone to television, it’s possible you could use your smart device to watch the game on your TV. The picture quality may vary, though, so be aware that you may be sacrificing the viewing experience a bit with this method.
Now that you have a cheap way to watch the game, we want to make sure you show up at the party with some quality talking points.
Super Bowl LVI will feature the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams.
There is no Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes in this year’s Super Bowl. In fact, the teams that were favored to make it to the championship game when the NFL playoffs began have been eliminated.
The Bengals, which are led by former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, are the AFC champions after qualifying as the league’s No. 4 seed. Cincinnati beat the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs to get to the game. This is the Bengals’ first trip to the Super Bowl since 1988 when they lost to Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers.
Star names to watch on the Bengals include Burrow, Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins.
The Rams also were the No. 4 seed in their conference (NFC). Led by former University of Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers to earn their trip to the Super Bowl. The team was in the big game last during the 2018 season but ultimately lost to the New England Patriots.
Star names to watch on the Rams include Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr., Von Miller and Aaron Donald.
Super Bowl LVI is being played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California (near Los Angeles).Advertisement
This is the home field of the Rams, but the fact that the game is being played there is coincidental. The Super Bowl is generally played at a predetermined site that is home to one of the league’s 32 teams, and this year’s stadium just happened to line up with the Rams qualifying for the game.
Some may consider that home-field advantage, but it is worth noting that the crowd for the Super Bowl is often much different from what you see at a home regular-season game. Many tickets are sold well ahead of time to corporate sponsors that have no rooting interest in either team.
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar are the headliners for the Super Bowl LVI halftime show.
According to an NFL news release on the event, this is the first time that all five of these musical superstars will be performing on the same stage at the same time.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, who are Los Angeles area natives and hip hop music pioneers, spoke about the significance of this performance.
You may have been one of the people who took the 2020 football season off because there were bigger things to worry about going on in the world. That’s understandable.
In case the outcome of last year’s game comes up during a conversation, we’ll give you the express version of the events from Super Bowl LV: The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa in February 2021. Though the Chiefs were the league’s defending champions and favored to win the game, the Buccaneers won, 31-9. Tampa pulled the upset thanks to standout performances from quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski and the entire Buccaneers defense, which held the high-powered Chiefs offense without a touchdown.
It was Brady’s seventh Super Bowl victory. He recently announced his retirement after losing to the Rams in this season’s playoffs. The Bengals beat the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game to prevent a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance for Kansas City.
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