This weekend, everyone’s going to be doing exactly one thing. OK, make that two things, because the Puppy Bowl is on. But the Super Bowl is coming, and it’s sure to be one of—if not the—most-watched night of television this year. You really want to watch it. But many of you also don’t have cable. Fear not: Here’s a quick and dirty list of things you likely already have that will bring the game to you.
Oh, and just in case you’re wondering what time the Super Bowl starts: Super Bowl LI is on February 5th, at NRG stadium in Houston Texas. The game features the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. The game starts at 6:30pm Eastern, on Fox. Lady Gaga is the halftime performer. (Hi, Google bots!) OK, onward.
If you have aRoku, Xbox One, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Windows device, or tablet:
This whole process is easier than ever. You just need to download the Fox Sports Go app, or the NFL app. Ordinarily the app makes you sign in with your cable log in (which you don’t have, otherwise you wouldn’t be here), but it’s turning off authentication for the game. It’s also showing the same ad inventory as you’d find on your local channel. So you won’t need anything else. Stop reading, close your tab, we’re done here.
If you’re on your laptop, just head to the Fox Sports website. If you’re a mobile-first kind of sports fan, download the Fox Sports Go app for iOS or Android. You can even cast from there to your TV with a $35 Chromecast. You have to be using Wi-Fi, though—if you’re using a cellular data connection, you’ll only be able to stream the game if you’re a Verizon Wireless customer. Sorry, Sunday afternoon bus passengers who have AT&T. Streaming the game on your phonewill not work. Sports rights are dumb.
Generally you’ll want to watch the standard feed of the game, commercials and all. But the Fox Sports app also includes a view that lets you see the game from the perspective of any player on the field, thanks to new 360-degree camera tech from Intel. When the middle linebacker gets burned over the middle, you’ll be able to go back and see exactly how it went down.
If you have Verizon:
As mentioned, you can stream the game via NFL Mobile from Verizon for free. (The stream will include the commercials, too.) Congratulations, Sunday afternoon bus passengers with Verizon: You can stream the game for free!
You could also it from your phone or tablet to your TV with a Chromecast. Because again, Sunday is all about time spent staring at an honest-to-god-television.
If all you own is a PlayStation:
You can sign up for a free trial of PlayStation Vue, Sony’s live TV streaming service, or of Sling, DirecTV’s live TV streaming service. Either will get you Fox access, which is where the game’s playing. Just don’t forget to cancel after the game’s over!
If you have VR:
You’re going to want to get the Fox Sports VR app. (This one is cheating, because it does require a cable subscription, but it’s too cool not to mention, so beg a friend for login credentials.) You’ll be able to watch the game from six different viewpoints, all from the sweet virtual comfort of a suite. And Fox will be uploading immersive highlights all game.
If you have absolutely none of the aforementioned items:
Wow. OK. You are making this so hard on yourself, but all hope is not lost. One easy option is Slingbox. Slingbox uses what’s called placeshifting tech to…well, basically “sling” TV from one place to another. This solution will require you to have someone’s cable login, so start making some friends or cozying up to your parents this week. You’ll also need a TV with component outputs—but you can get an HDMI to component converter box to solve this (they aren’t terribly expensive). Slingbox is advertising a few Super Bowl deals right now, though, making it an even sweeter option if you were considering dropping some dough to catch the game. Right now, you can save $70 on Slingbox 500, and there are a few other worthwhile price cuts.
If you just want to pick up a regular, run-of-the-mill HDTV antenna, we like the Mohu Leaf. But really, your choice cup runneth over. It’s a relatively affordable investment, and easy to set up.
Of course, if any of this is sounding like too much work, you can always call up Comcast to come install cable—but that’s for quitters only. And the Super Bowl is for winners.