How do I watch the Super Bowl without cable?

Super Bowl LIII will be on Sunday, February 3rd at 5:30pm (CST) broadcast on CBS. To stream the Super Bowl, you will need access to CBS.

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CBS on your streaming service

If you already subscribe to a Live TV Streaming Service (and watch sports) there’s a good chance that CBS is in your channel lineup. Assuming that you already subscribe to one of these services, this is going to be your most convenient and easiest option.

Even if you don’t already subscribe to one of these services, they all also have a 7 day Free Trial (Playstation Vue is 5 days). Here is a list of the Live TV Streaming Services that carry CBS:

  • YouTubeTV
  • DIRECTV Now (all packages)
  • Playstation Vue (all packages)
  • Hulu Live
  • FuboTV

If you aren’t already a subscriber. These services are all available on all major methods of streaming. Except YouTube TV (which is our favorite sports streaming service) isn’t available on Amazon products. If you don’t have a streaming device, pick up a Roku Streaming Stick +

CBS All Access

Get a 7 day FREE Trial of CBS All Access with your Amazon Prime membership

CBS All Access is a paid monthly subscription that gives you access (hah) to some CBS programming. In the past, it has not included Live sports games. However, this FAQ now states that CBS All Acccess includes, “NFL on CBS, including pregame and halftime coverage, LIVE.”

The CBS All Access app is available on virtually all major streaming devices (including Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire Stick)

OR you can add CBS All Access to your Amazon Prime account and watch in the Prime Video app on your streaming device.

CBS All Access subscription levels:

  • “Limited commercials”
    • $6/month
    • $60/year
  • Commercial free
    • $10/month
    • $100/year

Both of these options come with a 7 day free trial. “Verified” college or university students can get 25% off the Limited Commercials plan (so $4.50/month).

CBS Sports App

On the CBS website, it states that the Super Bowl will be available for live streaming on the CBS Sports app, which is compatible with Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.

When I searched on my Roku for “CBS Sports”, several apps were available. The top ones were CBS All Access and CBS Sports Stream & Watch Live. When I launched the CBS Sports Stream & Watch Live, it showed the logo for CBS Sports HQ. This is a free, 24 hour streaming sports news network.

Usually, live sports are not included in programming for CBS Sports HQ. We will see what the Super Bowl brings. If you are unable to find “CBS Sports” on your phone, tablet or streaming device, and can only find CBS Sports HQ or CBS Sports Stream & Watch Live, make sure you have a backup plan for your Super Bowl party!

CBSSports.com

CBSSports.com says that live streaming of the Super Bowl will be available on their website. I haven’t been able to find any other information. Luckily, there are lots of other options in case this one doesn’t work!

You can access CBSSports.com on your computer. For other devices (phones or streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire Stick), you’re probably better off downloading an app).

Set up an antenna

If you like sports, you’re probably going to want an antenna anyway! You can read all I have to say about antennas here.

CBS is one of the television stations that broadcasts Over The Air (OTA) channels. You can get CBS using a traditional antenna (monstrosity that is mounted on your roof) or using an indoor, digital, HD antenna.

Using an antenna, you will actually get better picture quality than from your cable provider. That’s cool, right?

In the Chicago area (where I live) CBS has a very low strength signal when compared to other stations (like NBC, ABC and FOX). If you are in the Chicago area, I highly recommend getting an antenna with a 50-60 mile radius to compensate for CBS’s low strength signal.

If you are in another area of the country, you can use this website to determine how far away station towers are and what strength antenna you need.

Indoor antennas aren’t expensive. This is one of our favorites:

ClearStream Eclipse Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna

This is a 50 mile radius antenna. It needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet and connected to your TV with a coxial cable (included). You will need to mount it on a window or a wall, preferably in the direction of your local television towers. The ClearStream Eclipse is black on one side and white on the other, you can choose which side you want showing. It is also paintable, you can paint it to match the color of your wall!

Conclusion

Here are your best bets for watching the Super Bowl without cable:

  • An antenna (but no recording, pausing or rewinding)
  • CBS on your streaming service (on your Smart TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV)
    • Use one that you already subscribe to or sign up for a free trial
    • Here are the ones that carry CBS:
      • YouTubeTV
      • DIRECTV Now (all packages)
      • Playstation Vue (all packages)
      • Hulu Live
      • FuboTV
  • CBS All Access on Amazon Prime
    • 7 day free trial

Last resorts:

  • CBS Sports app (on phone, tablet or streaming device)
  • CBSSports.com (on your computer)