How to watch the 2020 Super Bowl without cable

 techhive.com  01/16/2020 11:00:00   Michael Ansaldo

Football-loving cord-cutters will have an easy time watching this Sundays NFL Conference championship games. The 2nd-seed Kansas City Chiefs will face the 6th-seed Tennessee Titans in Kansas City for the AFC championship at 12:05 PM Pacific, and the top-seed San Francisco 49ers will face the 2nd-seed Green Bay Packers in San Francisco at 3:40 PM Pacific. The respective winners of each game will go on to play Super Bowl LIV on February 2. That game is scheduled to kick off in Miami at 3:30 PM Pacific.

Well show you how to catch both gamesand the Super Bowl itselfeven if you dont have a cable- or satellite-TV subscription.

Option one: Use an antenna

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The Winegard Flatwave antenna comes with a handy reminder to do a rescan on your TV.

Of the four major North American sports leagues, the NFL remains the only one you can still enjoy without a pricey cable subscription. All you need is an antenna thats capable of pulling in your local CBS affiliate for the AFC game, and your local Fox channel for the NFC game.

If youre old enough, the thought of using an antenna probably conjures memories of temperamental rabbit ears and staticky images. Thanks to modern broadcast technology and over-the-air antennas, you can get a high-quality image that can, in some cases, be better than what youd get with a subscription. come in a range of designs.

If you live close enough to a broadcast tower, you might be able to use paper-thin indoor model such as our top pick, the Winegard FlatWave Amped. If youre more distant, you might be better off with an antenna that mounts to your roof or on a freestanding mast. The Antennas Direct DB8e is our favorite in that category. Either way, all you need do is plug one into the tuner thats a fixture of most modern TVs.

Before you purchase an antenna, though, go to a site like TVFool or Antennaweb and see which networks are available from your local broadcasters. Just enter your address to get a report of all the broadcast signals in your area, ranked from strongest to weakest. Once you determine which broadcaster is furthest from your home, youll know what range antenna to buy.

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A screenshot of the TV Fool website showing television reception in San Francisco.

Option two: Use a streaming service

In the event youre too far from a transmitter to pull in CBS and Fox, youll need one or a combination of the streaming options that follow.

CBS All Access

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The easiest way to catch the AFC championshipapart from a broadcast TV antennais to sign up for the CBS All Access service. It costs $6 per month, but there is a one-week free trial for new subscribers. In addition to live-streaming CBS content, youll get on-demand access a library of the services original programming, including Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Fight, plus CBS broadcast series. CBS All Access has apps for iOS and Android, most streaming devices, Xbox One, and PS4.

AT&T TV Now

AT&T TV Now isnt one of our favorite streaming service, but its $65-per-month plus package gives you more than 65 live TV channels, including, CBS, Fox, and NBC in select areas (type in your zip code at this link to find out whats available where you live). That includes 20 free hours of cloud DVR storage. Its available for Chromecast, AppleTV, AmazonFireTV, Samsung Smart TV, iOS and Android devices, and Google Chrome and Safari browsers.

FuboTV

FuboTV is peculiar in that its focus is primarily on sports, but it doesnt include ESPN in its lineup. But that doesnt matter in the final days of the NFLs 2019 season, since youll need only CBS and Fox, which it does offer in select markets. Youll also get the NFL Network for all your game analysis and highlights. The service costs $55 per month and includes a 7-day free trial. Check here to see if FuboTV carries your local broadcast station.

Sling TV

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Over the last few years, the online streaming service Sling TV has been an increasingly valuable solution for cord cutters wanting to tune in to live sports. Unfortunately, it does not include CBS in any of its channel lineups but it has you covered for the NFC Championship as well as the Super Bowl.

The Sling Blue package gives you more than 40 channels for $20 a month. That includes NBC and Fox, but only in select markets. If you live in one of them, the Blue package will also give you access to the NFL Network, which delivers non-stop news, analysis, and other supplemental coverage during Super Bowl season.

Sling TV supports most connected TV and mobile devices. Currently, the service is offering a free Amazon Fire Stick when you pre-pay for two months or an AirTV Mini, AirTV 2, and an antenna bundle for $99 with a three-month commitment.

YouTube TV

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Googles TV streaming service is our favorite TV streaming service these days, and its available in most U.S. metropolitan areas (enter your zip code here to see if its available where you live). You get more than 60 channels, including CBS and Fox, for $50 per month, and there is a free trial available.

Hulu with Live TV

Hulus live streaming service also gets you all the channels you need to watch the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl. As with other streaming services, graphical restrictions apply but you can check availability in your area here. Hulu with Live TV includes more than 60 channels overall for $55 a month.

NFL Game Pass

If youre not fussy about watching games in real timeand have the willpower to abide a self-imposed media blackoutNFL Game Pass will give you the playoff matchups and the Super Bowl with a single subscription.

NFL Game Pass provides on-demand access to all games including the postseasonafter they air. It also gives you access to an NFL Films archive, including past episodes of classic shows like A Football Life, Hard Knocks, and Americas Game. The subscription fee has been knocked down to $50 for the rest of this season (its normally $100 per year), and that will give you access through July 31.

Get your gridiron on

Whichever options you choose, youre guaranteed to have front-row seat when the NFLs best team hoists the Lombardi Trophy in Miami.

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