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Watch the Super Bowl for free without paying for cable

A guide to watching the Super Bowl as a cord cutter

The largest sporting event in America is happening this weekend as the Super Bowl kicks off Sunday, February 5, at 6:30pm ET. Yet, what do you do if you have ditched the cord — how can you watch this year’s Super Bowl?

We have good news for you. You can watch the Super Bowl 100 percent free this year, even if you do not have a traditional pay TV service.

Here is our guide to watching the Super Bowl LI for free.

Over the air

This year’s Super Bowl is free, over-the-air, on FOX for over 90% of American households. All you need is an antenna.

Antennas are making a huge comeback; the number of Americans using them has doubled since 2013. We believe antennas should always be your first option for live events like the Super Bowl.

Here are four reasons why we recommend you use an antenna before you try to stream:

  • With an antenna, there are none of the delays that occur when streaming.
  • An antenna will give the best quality picture.
  • No need to worry about your data cap with an antenna.
  • Lastly, with an antenna you are guaranteed access to the commercials.

A few years ago when FOX streamed the Super Bowl, they aired different commercials. This year, we are not sure which commercials, if any, will be aired on the stream.

If you need help picking out an antenna, head over to our antenna guide to help you get started.

Free Streaming Options

Fox will stream the Super Bowl for free on as well as apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and Amazon tablets, and via a variety of TV-connected devices, including Apple TV boxes, Roku players and Roku TVs, Android TV-powered devices, the Google Chromecast streaming adapter, Amazon Fire TV players, and the Xbox One.

All you will have to do is open the app to watch the game. For this year’s Super Bowl, Fox is removing the requirement to login with a pay-TV provider.

Verizon has the NFL streaming rights on smartphones.

Other Streaming Options

Free is great, but it is also at risk of being overwhelmed and shut down — as we have seen with other events in the past.

So, if you are willing to pay you could use Sling TV, PlayStation Vue or DIRECTV NOW to watch Fox in select markets. To find out if you can get Fox where you live, please contact each service to inquire.