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How to watch the Super Bowl without cable 2021: Cut the cord, not the game

How to watch the Super Bowl without cable
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Where to watch the Super Bowl without cable

Fubo TV is our top pick to stream Super Bowl 2021 online
Super Bowl 2021 live streams are also live on CBS All Access, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV.

We can help you find how to watch the Super Bowl without cable. This year's game is on CBS, and that's good news — as it's available online via a wide array of sources and services. And they can all be streamed right to your TV. 

Which makes a lot of sense. Cable TV is on its way out, and the Super Bowl is the biggest event of the year — no wonder you can watch the game on one of the best streaming services. Plus, we've also found plenty of ways to watch the Super Bowl on Roku.

Getting a Super Bowl live stream is relatively easy because the game will be shown on CBS. That means you have everything from the major live TV streaming options to the channel's own service, plus TV antennas to enjoy everything from the game to the Super Bowl 2021 halftime show. It's just a matter of picking a good service, because nobody wants a low-quality feed.

Also, don't waste time trying to see who's got it in 4K. Nobody does. CBS hasn't figured that out yet, so we're going to be waiting at least a year to see the Super Bowl in ultra HD. 

Those excited for high-profile Super Bowl ads don't have to wait. We've already started to collect the best Super Bowl commercials for your viewing pleasure. 

And as for the game itself, the clash of Brady and Mahomes seems like it will deliver the goods. While the former is one of the most successful QB's in this era, and has driven his new team to the big game in their first year together, the latter looks to be the future of the league.

So, without further ado: here's how to watch the Super Bowl without cable!

How to watch the Super Bowl without cable online

Yes, Super Bowl 2021 is going to be broadcast nationally on CBS, but cord-cutters may not have the Super Bowl channel by default. For example, the popular Sling TV — which just went up by $5 — only has two broadcast networks: Fox and NBC. 

So, for when it comes to watching Super Bowl 2021 without cable, our top recommendation is fuboTV. Not only does it have CBS, but it specializes in sports, so you can watch all of the pre-game and post-game coverage, analyzing the big game. NBA fans may be annoyed to learn it doesn't have TNT, though.

CBS is also available on CBS All Access and YouTube TV. The former is the cheaper option, at $5.99 per month with limited commercials or $9.99 for ad-free — except when you're watching a CBS station, as you will with the Super Bowl. The $65per month YouTube TV is a lot more expensive, but it does pack many over 85 channels, more than the 4 live channels (CBS, CBS News, CBS Sports HQ and ET Live).

There's also Hulu with Live TV, but Hulu's dropped a lot of CBS affiliates lately, so it's not a guarantee.

Fubo.TV: One of the best streaming services with CBS, Fubo has all of the right network channels and the two cable channels you don't want to go without. Who needs cable? Not Fubo subscribers. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front.View Deal

CBS All Access is offering a free one-week trial to check out the streaming service. You can watch all 22 seasons of Big Brother. That's not all! With CBS All-Access, you can also watch Survivor and the Star Trek original series Picard and Discovery. View Deal

How to watch the Super Bowl without cable on Roku

The Roku platform has a trio of free ways to watch the big game. Those with Roku TVs and devices can get the game on the CBS Sports channel and the NFL app.

You can also get a free trial of CBS All Access through Roku.

How to watch the Super Bowl without cable for free

You can watch the Super Bowl for free with one of our best TV antenna picks, or pick up CBS on the site locast.org. The latter only supports 45.6% of the U.S. population, though, so your mileage may vary. And since CBS All Access has a 1-week free trial, that's another way to see the big game for free.

If you just want to watch on your phone (and CBS in your area has this game), the Yahoo Sports app for iOS and Android will let you watch Super Bowl 55 for free, as they've got every NFL game that's broadcast in your local TV market to your smartphone or tablet for free. 


How to watch the Super Bowl without cable from anywhere on earth

NFL streaming tip:

If you're out of the pocket, you may have more hurdles than just trying to figure out how to watch Super Bowl 2021 without cable — as your normal streaming service may not work in your new location. But do not worry. You can still watch the Super Bowl, by using the best VPN makes it so that you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town, so you can access the same streaming services you already pay for.

Here's how easy it is to stream NFL from anywhere in the world:

1. Get a VPN (we recommend ExpressVPN as the best out there)
2. Connect to the location you want to stream from
3. Use your usual streaming service and watch like normal

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Henry T. Casey

Henry is an editor writer at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and Apple. Prior to joining Tom's Guide — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and looking for the headphone adapter that he unplugged from his iPhone.