Freelance contributor, TechHiveFeb 11, 2023 4:45 am PST
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Watching Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, Feb. 12 will be easy to do without paying for an expensive cable bundle. And you won’t want to miss Patrick Mahomes and the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs facing Jalen Hurts and the champs from the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles.
The game kicks off in Glendale, Arizona at 6:30 PM Eastern Time at State Farm Stadium. Pre-game coverage starts at 2:00 PM ET.
Fox has the rights to broadcast the game this year. We’ll show you how to watch the action—plus all those great commercials and the half-time show, starring Rihanna in her first public performance since 2018—even if you don’t have a cable- or satellite-TV subscription.
Fox will broadcast the game in 4K resolution this year, although not all streaming services offer 4K. We’ll let you know which services do in the options below.
Option one: Use a streaming service
Signing up for a streaming service is the simplest way to tune into the big game, although it’s not the cheapest–unless you sign up for a free trial and cancel your subscription after the game. Here’s a list of some of the services we’ve reviewed.
Your other option–if you act quickly enough to wait for one to be delivered–is to purchase a TV antenna. We’ll show you a couple of options in that category, too.
Our top picks in streaming TV services
Lower base price than most other live TV services
Easy-to-navigate app and grid guide
Video quality settings help avoid data caps and buffering
DVR storage is frustrating to manage
60-frames-per-second channel support is limited
Multiple base packages and add-ons can cause confusion
DirectTV Stream isn’t one of our favorite streaming services, but it does offer Fox Sports 1 in its Entertainment package for $74.99 a month. You can save $120 over your first 12 months when you buy a DirectTV Stream device.
FuboTV is one of two streaming services offering the game in 4K. You’ll need the Elite package, $84.99 a month, or a higher tier plus a 4K capable streaming device to watch it. FuboTV offers a 7-day free trial.
YouTubeTV includes Fox and FS1 among more than 100 channels in its $64.99-per-month base package ($54.99 per month for the first three months). To watch the game in 4K, you’ll need the 4K Plus add-on, which costs $10 for your first year. You can try the service for free for two weeks.
Hulu’s live TV streaming service also gets you Fox. As with other streaming services, geographical restrictions apply, but you can check availability in your area here. Now that Disney has complete control over Hulu, a subscription includes Hulu + Live TV, Disney+, and ESPN+ for $69.99. And yes, there’s a 7-day free trial available.
If you’re 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 you’d get with a subscription.
If you live close enough to a broadcast tower, you might be able to use a paper-thin indoor model, such as our top pick, the Channel Master Flatenna 35. The 35 indicates the manufacturer’s promise of 35-mile range. A Flatenna 50 model promising—you guessed it—50 miles of range is also available.
If you’re more distant than that, you might be better off with an antenna that mounts to your roof or on a freestanding mast. The Televes Dat Boss Mix LR (model 149884) is our favorite in that category. Either way, all you need do is plug one into the tuner that’s a fixture of most modern TVs.
Before you purchase an antenna, though, go to a site like Rabbit Ears 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, you’ll know what range antenna to buy. A website such as Antennaweb will show you the Fox channels closest to your zip code.
Our top picks in TV antennas
Winegard FlatWave Amped — Best flexible amplified indoor TV antenna
Strong reception, clear picture quality
Amplifier contributes to good range
Amplifier can be powered by a wall wart or your TV’s USB port
Not the best-looking thing to have on your wall or window
The FlatWave Amped impressed us with its ability to pull in more broadcast channels than the competition. Further, those it did receive were a little stronger than from our runner-up, which should make for happier TV viewing.
The Televes Dat Boss Mix LR (model 149884) is the best outdoor TV antenna we’ve tested. It delivered an excellent performance, pulling in strong signals from local and distant TV towers. It’s a great choice in areas with medium to low reception levels, and it comes with a built-in amplifier and in-home distribution amplifier, plus a 5G filter to eliminate interference from cellphone signals.