With basically a billion streaming services to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to watch the big events, especially the Super Bowl, which changes networks frequently. But there is no need to worry. It will be easy to watch the Kansas City Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers for free online, with no cable subscription required.
The two teams meet today in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas, Nevada. Will you invite friends to a raucous party to watch the big game? Or are you just tuning in to watch Usher’s halftime show and eat some nachos? Either way, here’s everything you need to know about streaming the Super Bowl online. (We also included information on how to attend the Puppy Bowl, an adorable alternative for those who don’t like sports.)
What time does the Super Bowl start?
The start of the 2024 Super Bowl is scheduled for 6:30 pm ET today. Can’t wait for the action to start? You can expect the pregame show to start around 2 pm ET on Paramount+.
Do you want to see the Puppy Bowl? The televised event, which celebrates 20 years of sportsmanship, begins at 2 p.m. ET, giving viewers plenty of time to watch before the main game begins.
How to watch the big game without cable
Do you want to watch the Super Bowl for free? New Paramount+ users can stream the game live by signing up for a seven-day trial. (Set a reminder to unsubscribe after the game if you decide not to stay.) The basic Paramount+ plan costs $6 a month, and the upgraded plan that has few ads and access to Showtime content costs double that.
Do you often miss the feeling of watching live television? Are you having second thoughts about cutting the umbilical cord, but not ready to make that kind of commitment again? Consider a monthly subscription to a live TV streaming service. Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and FuboTV are three popular options that stream CBS. After introductory periods, these subscriptions cost around $75 per month.
It’s probably too late to buy new equipment before the Super Bowl starts, but you may want to consider purchasing a wireless antenna for future situations like this. With this relatively inexpensive tool, you can watch local channels, including CBS, without any subscription. Reception quality and channel availability depend on your location, so be sure to test it before any live event.
Where can you stream the Puppy Bowl? If you don’t have cable or a service like YouTube TV, Puppy Bowl is available to stream with a subscription to Max, which has plans starting at $10 a month. A more specialized but cheaper option is to try Discovery+, a streaming service with tons of bad quality reality shows. Discovery+ plans start at $5 per month and include a one-week free trial.
Who will perform at the halftime show?
Following in the footsteps of Rihanna’s successful performance, which revealed her baby bump at last year’s Super Bowl, Usher is the headliner for this year’s halftime show. The eight-time Grammy winner is best known for his energetic club hits, such as “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” and “Yeah!”
Will Taylor Swift be there?
Who knows! Even though Taylor Swift has appeared at select Chiefs games and increased ratings since she started dating Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, it’s unclear if the pop star will be in the stands for encourage him. Swift will perform in Tokyo the week before the Super Bowl. It’s unclear if she will return for the game and it may soon become harder to track her private flights.