How to Live Stream the Super Bowl on Your Apple TV without Cable

Super Bowl 52 is just a few weeks away, which means football fans need some information to get ready for the final game of the NFL season. Where is the Super Bowl being played this year? Which network is broadcasting Super Bowl LII? And, of course, can we live stream Super Bowl 2018 on Apple TV? Luckily, the answers to all these questions and more are available so that we can all prepare for the big game. Super Bowl 2018 will be played on Sunday, February 4th at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and NBC has broadcasting rights this year. Leslie Odom Jr., star of the Broadway smash hit Hamilton, will sing America the Beautiful, followed by Pink singing the national anthem, and Justin Timberlake performing at halftime. So how do we live stream the Super Bowl and surrounding hullabaloo with Apple TV? Broadcast rights for the Super Bowl are rotated between CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox, so the method for live streaming the Super Bowl can change from year to year, depending on the channels included in live streaming services. Fortunately, most live streaming services don't have long-term contracts, so it's a simple matter to switch providers if your current choice won't be broadcasting Super Bowl LII. Let's check out some live streaming options for Super Bowl 2018!

Related: Apple TV: Your Complete Guide to Setting Up & Streaming On-Demand Content

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Watch the Super Bowl for Free on Your Smartphone or Desktop

NBC will stream the Super Bowl on the NBC Sports App, as well as NBCSports.com. Also, Verizon will live stream the game for smartphone users via NFL Mobile, go90, or Yahoo Sports. It's likely that AirPlay wireless streaming will be blocked, though, so while you can catch the game with these options, you won't be able to watch it on your Apple TV. So what options do we have for watching the Super Bowl on Apple TV this year?

How to Live Stream Super Bowl 2018 on Your Apple TV without Cable

Watch NBC Live With OTA TV

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OTA stands for over the air, in other words, an antenna! Yes, it's true, you can legally pick up locally broadcasted channels and stream them to your Apple TV with an antenna. While you might be envisioning the old-fashioned version that looks like a laundry rack attached to your roof, there are now lots of ota options that stay right inside your house. Some can boost signals, as well, which is really helpful if you live in a rural area. There are lots of choices, so look into whether NBC is broadcast in your area, or could be picked up with an antenna that features signal boosting. Some options include: AirTVHD HomeRun, and Mohu, but there are lots more out there!

Stream Super Bowl LII with fuboTV

Compatibility: fourth-generation Apple TV

Cost: $19.99 a month for the first two months, $39.99 a month thereafter.

Pros: Seven day free trial period with no commitment, then a two month special reduced price. 

Con: Channel availability varies by region.

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FuboTV is a tv streaming service with a heavy focus on live sports. The basic package, fubo Premier, offers more than 70 channels of content and in my area includes Fox and the NFL Network. NBC is available in other areas, CBS in still others, you have to do your research with this one! If you live in an area where FuboTV includes NBC, you'l be ready to live stream the Super Bowl! 

For $8.99 more a month FuboTV will give you Sports Plus, 16 channels of sports content ranging from the mainstream to the extremely obscure but including one very important NFL broadcaster: Red Zone. NFL Red Zone is a subsidiary of the NFL Network, lots of cool features and shows, but no live streamed Super Bowl this year.

To sign up for FuboTV and find the Apple TV app, click here.

NFL Playoffs Streaming on DirecTV Now

Comaptability: fourth generation Apple TV 

Cost: $35 per month

Pros: Seven day free trial period. Streaming included for AT+T Wireless Customers.

Cons: NFL game access blocked for smartphones.
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DirecTV Now is DirecTV's streaming offering, and I was super excited to find that their lowest cost plan includes ABC, CBS, NBC, and ESPN! Then I looked at the small print to the right of each channel and noticed small boxes indicating "Live", "Vod" or both. Live is pretty obvious, live streaming is available, but "vod?" That stands for video on demand and if only vod is offered, you won't be able to live stream games from that network. Check with DirecTV Now to make sure that live, not vod NBC is included in your area. If you decide to go with this option, here's a tutorial on how to set up DirecTV Now on your Apple TV.
 

Stream NFL Playoffs With Sling TV 

Compatibility: fourth-generation Apple TV

Cost: Sling TV Orange Plan, $20 per month, Blue Plan, $25 per month, Orange and Blue, $40 per month

Pros: Seven day free trial period with no commitment. 

Con: Channel availability varies by region.

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Sling TV is an a la carte, streaming tv service that allows viewers to pay far less than a cable subscription would cost. Customers can choose Sling Orange, Sling Blue, or both. As an added bonus, Sling offers a Cloud DVR option for $5 a month.  This way you can record the Super Bowl and watch it later if you have work or family plans to accomodate. Once again, offerings vary from region to region; make sure NBC is available in your area.

Here's a step-by-step instructional to help you find and install the Sling TV app on your Apple TV. 

Stream Super Bowl 52 on Apple TV with PlayStation Vue

Compatability: fourth generation Apple TV running tvOS 10.0 and up

Cost: Five day free trial, then $39.99 per month.

Pros: Stream on up to five devices at once. 

Cons: Some channels are restricted outside of your home network, not all games are available to view on your iPhone.

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You don't need a PlayStation to subscribe to PlayStation Vue, a live-streaming TV service that includes cloud DVR and the ability to stream on five devices at once. The least expensive package, Access, includes ESPN and rings in at $39.99 a month. NBC, and therefore the Super Bowl, is available if you live in the right service area—check with PlayStation Vue to be sure.

Click here to learn all about setting PlayStation Vue up on your Apple TV.

Watch NFL Playoffs with Hulu Live on your Apple TV

Compatability: fourth generation Apple TV

Cost: seven day free trial, then $39.99 a month

Pros: Watch on two devices at once.

Cons: Beta version

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Hulu makes the jump and joins the live-streaming tv game with their Hulu Live offering, which includes access to the entire Hulu streaming library. If you live in the right area, $39.99 a month will get you ABC, NBC, Fox, ESPN, and even CBS! All the NFL games, one live streaming service. A few cautions, though, Hulu warns right up front that this is a beta version and therefore subject to bugs and hiccups, so if you want to ensure the smoothest possible streaming of the Super Bowl, this could be slightly risky. As well, Hulu customers have complained about commercials with adult themes before, during, and after family and sports content, so if you're watching the big game with kids Hulu might not be the best choice for your family.

If you live in an area where Hulu Live provides NBC, you can learn how to set it up on your Apple TV here

Live Stream the 2018 Super Bowl to Your Apple TV

I hope that one of these options will help you live stream the Super Bowl to your Apple TV, and that you have a great game day, with all your favorite snacks!

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her purse or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.