How to watch the Super Bowl live

The big game is set to take place on February 2 at MetLife Stadium. Here's how you can watch it live on any device.

Metlife Stadium
Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on February 2. Wikimedia Commons

The high-octane Denver Broncos will take on the defensively strong Seattle Seahawks in this year's Super Bowl. The big game looks to be one of the best, and not just because it's the first time it is being played in a cold weather environment. Will Peyton Manning finally get that second ring, or will he fall to Russell Wilson and company? You will have to tune in to find out.

Super Bowl XLVIII will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on February 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:25 p.m. ET, with Fox's pregame show set to begin at 2 p.m. ET.

Here are the different ways that you can watch Super Bowl XLVIII:

Cable or over-the-air

There's a good chance you pay a company such as Time Warner or Comcast to provide you with cable TV access. If that's the case, which it is for most Americans, simply tune into your local Fox station to watch the game.

For those of you who have adopted the cord-cutting lifestyle, Fox can be accessed over-the-air with a television antenna or through a subscription service like Aereo.

Disclosure: CBS, the parent corporation of CNET, is currently in active litigation with Aereo as to the legality of its service.


Fox previously provided live streams for the NFC Divisional and Championship playoff games on its Web site for AT&T U-verse, Midcontinent, Optimum, Suddenlink, WOW!, and Xfinity customers. For the Super Bowl, however, the company will offer a free live stream to all users. Content on can be accessed for free, regardless of your cable provider, starting on February 2 at 12 a.m, and lasting until 3 a.m. ET on February 3.

Smartphone or tablet

Verizon customers with an iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, or Android device can download the NFL Mobile app. The free version includes basic scores and highlights, but with a $5 subscription you can get access to the Super Bowl as well -- if you had a subscription during the season you also got access to Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games.

Fox will be streaming the game on its Fox Sports Go Web site and iOS app. Fox Sports

It has also been confirmed that in addition to a live stream on its Web site, Fox will stream the game live via its Fox Sports Go mobile app, which is available for the iPhone and iPad. Due to the agreement Verizon has with the NFL, however, the Fox Sports Go app will not stream the game to smartphones.


Another solution for watching the game on the go is to use a Slingbox. The streaming media device connects to your TV and gives you the ability to remotely control and watch programs on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. This option doesn't come cheap, though.

Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350
The Slingbox 500 and Slingbox 350 can be used to stream your favorite shows to your mobile devices. Sarah Tew/CNET

The Slingbox 350 is available for $180, while the more expensive Slingbox 500 retails for $299. On top of that, the company charges $14.99 for the smartphone app and $14.99 for the tablet app.

Last updated Wednesday, Jan.. 22, at 11:27 a.m. PT: Information regarding Fox's live stream of the game has been added.


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