The 2022 Super Bowl will be played at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Feb. 13. at approximately 6:30 pm. Cord cutters have a lot of options to watch that do not involve cable or satellite TV companies. Read on to learn all you need to know.
In a hurry? All you need to watch the big game is an antenna or a streaming service that offers NBC. These are our top choices:
- FuboTV: Our favorite service for international sports is also great for America’s top game. Try it free for 7 days!
- Hulu + Live TV: The outstanding on-demand service adds 80+ live TV channels for the ultimate entertainment service. Check it out with a free 7-day trial!
- Sling TV: The best low-cost streaming service has you all set for the big day. Try it for a month for just $10!
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The Super Bowl will pit the champion of the American Football Conference (AFC) against the champion of the National Football Conference (NFC). Whichever team emerges victorious will receive the Lombardi Trophy and be recognized as the league champion for the 2021-2022 season.
In 1966, the leaders of the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League agreed that the two entities should merge into a single league. Although the two leagues wouldn’t officially join forces until the 1969 season, the first game to determine a true world champion would take place in January 1967.
Interestingly, that game was also played in Los Angeles and was won by the Green Bay Packers. That first Super Bowl was also the only one that was broadcast by two networks. This occurred because NBC had the rights to show games featuring AFL teams while CBS had the rights to show games featuring NFL teams. Today, broadcast rights are awarded to networks several years before a given game takes place.
Super Bowl Channels
The 2022 Super Bowl will be broadcast on NBC and NBC Universo. You can also watch the game on Peacock, but you will need to pony up $4.99 for premium access to NBC’s streaming platform.
How to Watch the Super Bowl
Times are good for cord-cutters. And that’s especially true when it comes to major events like the Super Bowl.
NBC has affiliates all over the nation that will be broadcasting the game over the air (OTA). So assuming you are reasonably near a tower (and almost everyone in the US is), you can watch the Super Bowl for free!
If a vision appeared in your mind of a low-resolution, static-fill screen, we understand! But that is not how things work anymore. Since TV went digital, you can pick up crystal-clear high definition signals that will look great on your big screen TV.
If you want to go with an antenna, we recommend signing up with Sling TV. If you pay for 3 months of service, they will give you an indoor HD antenna and AirTV 2 for just $49.99 (normally $149.99). With it, you will be able to get all your ORA channels in the same guide you have your streaming channels. It’s really the way to go!
Live TV Streaming Services
If you don’t want to deal with an antenna, you can watch the game using a variety of streaming services.
The FuboTV base service package starts at $64.99 and offers well over 100 channels including local (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and others) as well as a decent selection of regional sports networks. This is in addition to its national sports channels like CBS Sports Network, ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and a couple dozen beIN sports and TUDN channels.
Hulu + Live TV allows you to watch live sporting events that air on channels such as NBC and NBC Universo. The live TV package costs $64.99 for 80+ live TV channels. The channel selection mirrors very much what you expect from a cable subscription.
You get 50 hours of cloud DVR and simultaneous streaming on two devices. Our Hulu + Live TV review as more information.
The DIRECTV STREAM Entertainment package starts at $69.99, which represents a full-cable replacement service with roughly 80 channels. For $84.99, you can upgrade to the DIRECTV STREAM Choice package, which offers access to a variety of additional national and the best selection of regional sports networks in the industry.
You only get 20 hours of cloud DVR storage with DIRECTV STREAM, but you can upgrade this to unlimited. It does, however, provide you with streaming on up to 20 devices. See our DIRECTV STREAM review for all the details.
Other Streaming Services
There are other options for streaming the Super Bowl:
- Sling TV: If you live in a metropolitan area, Sling most likely provides NBC. So you can watch it even without an antenna. Our Sling TV review has more.
- Peacock: For $4.99 a month, you can get access to a variety of shows, movies and live events that air on NBCUniversal channels. You can get an ad-free version for $9.99 per month. However, you may still see commercials during the Super Bowl and all other live events. For more details, see our Peacock review.
- YouTube TV: Offers a very similar service to Hulu + Live TV. See our YouTube TV review for more.
Streaming Devices and TVs for the Super Bowl
No need for you and your friends to huddle around a web browser to watch the Super Bowl. (Of course, if you want to, you can!) All the streaming services we highlighted support: Amazon Fire TV, Android mobile, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Roku, Samsung smart TVs, and, of course, web browsers.
You can use smart TVs by LG, Vizio, and devices based on Android TV with FuboTV and Hulu. And they support the Xbox One. The PlayStation is supported by Hulu.
See our streaming reviews for a complete list of supported devices.
The Super Bowl is one of the most anticipated events of the year for sports fans as well as casual observers (who may just show up for the halftime show). If you don’t have a cable subscription, you can watch the Super Bowl with an antenna or by subscribing to a streaming service.
What teams have won the most Super Bowls?
As of January 2022, the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots have won six Super Bowl championships, which is the most in the league. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers are tied for the second-most championships in NFL history with five titles each. Green Bay and the New York Giants are next on the list of most successful franchises with four titles in the Super Bowl era.
However, New England has appeared in 11 championship games, which is the most in league history. They are followed by the Steelers, Cowboys, and Broncos with 8 each.
Tom Brady leads all players with 10 title game appearances and seven titles. Bill Belichick has appeared as coach in 12 Super Bowl games as a coach. And Gale Gilbert has the record for the most consecutive appearances with 5 despite only playing 8 seasons total. He was on the losing team each time.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans have never advanced to the Super Bowl. But these last two teams have not been in the league all that long.
When was the first Super Bowl?
The first Super Bowl was played on Jan 15, 1967, and it featured the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs taking on the NFL champion Green Bay Packers. Green Bay would win the game by a score of 35-10, and Packers quarterback Bart Starr was named the game’s most valuable player.
This game would feature a total of 21 players, coaches, and administrators who would eventually be enshrined at the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton.
You can learn more about sports streaming in our guide – how to watch sports online. This guide and others will give you the details you need to get rid of cable and still enjoy your favorite shows at a price you can afford. Oh, and just in case – don’t miss the Puppy Bowl either!
Where did the Super Bowl get its name?
The term Super Bowl was first used by Lamar Hunt in the 1960s, and there are several theories as to why that name was chosen for this game. However, the leading theory is that Hunt saw his child playing with a toy called Super Ball and it inspired him to say Super Bowl.
At the time, it was widely expected that the game would receive a new name once a better one could be found. However, the popularity of the game meant that changing the name would have caused a significant amount of damage to its brand.