Super Bowl: Halftime Show and How To Watch, Stream the Game Live
Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige will perform at halftime before the Rams and Bengals resume play.
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The biggest sporting event of the year, Super Bowl LVI is underway at the massive, ultramodern SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. This year's NFL title game features the NFC champion, Los Angeles Rams, against the AFC champion, the Cincinnati Bengals.
No matter what happens on the field, the halftime show remains one of the most anticipated events the game. Here's what you need to know ahead of the show.
"I'm upset that there's all that greatness packed into 12 minutes," O'Neal told the Hollywood Reporter. "Because I, at least, want to hear three songs from Dre, and three from Snoop, and three from Mary and three from Kendrick. That's like an hour performance, but I guess they're going to have to figure out how to do all that in 12 minutes. But if Dr. Dre's involved, all that funk and all, in 12 minutes, it's probably going to be the best Super Bowl halftime show ever."
What are the big Super Bowl commercials this year?
The Cincinnati Bengals play the Los Angeles Rams in this year's big game. The Bengals will be looking to win their first Super Bowl title, while the Rams will be going for their second championship.
Should they win, the Rams would become only the second team to win the Super Bowl at home, following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who accomplished the feat last year.
How do I watch the Super Bowl?
Super Bowl LVI will be broadcast live on NBC. You can also stream the game live on Peacock or the NBC Sports app. The game will be aired in Spanish on NBC sister network Telemundo.
NBC, CBS and Fox have previously rotated showing the game, with ABC set to rejoin the group in the future. This was supposed to be a CBS year, but back in 2019 NBC and CBS made a deal to trade years so that NBC could show both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics in the same month of 2022.
No, this year's Big Game will not be broadcast in 4K resolution. Although Fox previously made a higher-quality feed available when it last had the game in 2020, as did CBS last year, the 2022 Super Bowl on NBC will be broadcast and streamed in HD.
Best options for streaming the Super Bowl
Here are our recommendations for the best ways to watch the Super Bowl without cable. Each of the major live TV streaming services offers NBC and a free trial, but it's not a guarantee that each service carries your local NBC station, so check the links below to make sure.
International viewers should check their local listings to determine the best local option to watch or stream the Super Bowl. But if no convenient local opportunities exist, using a VPN with U.S.-based server should provide access to some or all of the streaming options listed below. See our list of Best VPNs for more.
You will need to have at least Peacock's Premium service to watch the Super Bowl.
The ad-supported Premium plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free Premium Plus plan costs $10 a month. Note that you'll still have to watch ads during live football with the $10 plan; ad-free applies only to on-demand content.
All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials (except Peacock, which just has a free tier that may or may not offer the Super Bowl), allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our live TV streaming services guide.
Where is the Super Bowl being held?
SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, is home to the LA Chargers and LA Rams. The stadium just opened in September 2020, so this will be the first Super Bowl held there, as well as the first Super Bowl in the LA area in 29 years.
SoFi Stadium boosters will be proud to show off the new digs. It cost an estimated $5.5 billion, the most expensive stadium ever. It's open-sided and covered with an independently supported see-through canopy to protect fans from the sun (and the rare LA rain). It's also noted for the Infinity Screen by Samsung, a 2.2-million-pound 4K HDR video board that hangs over the field and displays 80 million pixels.
Future Super Bowls will be held in Glendale, Arizona (2023), Paradise, Nevada (2024) and New Orleans (2025).
Stay tuned to CNET for the latest throughout Super Bowl Sunday.
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