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Super Bowl on Sling TV: Everything you need to watch Rams vs Bengals

The Sling TV button on the Apple TV home screen
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Are you ready to Super Bowl 2022 on Sling TV? It's the big day, so we thought this was a good time to inform folks about what you need for watching Super Bowl LVI on Roku. Primarily, people are choosing Sling TV as the best cable TV alternative because of its low starting price of $35 per month. 

You might hear a lot of people rave about YouTube TV, which has 4K streams, but since Super Bowl 2022 won't be in 4K, that doesn't matter here. And at $65 per month, it's much more expensive.

Fortunately, Sling's 3-day free trial can help you kick the tires and check before it's game time — and then give you enough extra time, provided you start it later in the day.

While there are cheaper live TV services, such as Philo, Sling TV stands out because it offers a better set of channels, including two broadcast TV networks (Fox and NBC). NBC, as anyone who is planning for Super Bowl Sunday knows, is the most important channel for watching the big game. And, sure you could get NBC on Fubo, but that costs a lot more and doesn't include TNT (a problem for basketball fans), which is on Sling. 

There are only minor potential downsides to getting Sling. As I noted in my Sling TV hands-on, its feeds can be behind those of competitors by around half a minute. This isn't a huge deal, unless you're on social media a lot, where moment-to-moment plays could be spoiled. Also, the PS5 doesn't have a Sling TV app. Lastly, as noted below, you should make sure your region has an NBC affiliate.

Still, Sling TV is highly customizable, another reason why it's one of the best streaming services. can also be customized to get both NBC and ESPN, as we'll explain below. But Sling is only one of many options, so Roku owners should check out our guide for how to watch the Super Bowl on Roku, too.

Super Bowl on Sling TV: Which plan is right for you?

The Super Bowl live streams start at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, February 13, and Sling TV subscribers will tune to NBC to watch the game. But since not all Sling plans have NBC, let's explain how to make sure you get it.

Sling TV can get confusing, but watching the Super Bowl on Sling is rather simple. All you need to go is get a Sling Blue account and be in an area where Sling offers an NBC affiliate (which isn't a universally available feature). People in major markets should have an NBC affiliate — Sling notes that cities with NBC include Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Hartford, New Haven, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Washington DC and San Diego have NBC on Sling Blue — and Sling TV's tool for checking local channels can help.

Sling Blue is $35 per month, but you don't need to have to pay that fee to watch Super Bowl LVI on Sling, because Sling TV has a 3-day free trial. This means you should probably start the trial on Saturday, and then you can cancel on Monday (just set a reminder to check!) if you don't want to keep it.

Just know, though, that while Sling Blue has NBC — which you'll want for Super Bowl 2022 — it doesn't have ESPN. Instead, ESPN — a must-have for many sports fans — is in the Sling Orange tier, which can be combined with Sling Blue for, you guessed it, Sling Blue + Orange ($50 per month). For more details check out our Sling Orange vs. Blue comparison.

Need a new TV for the game? Be sure to check out Super Bowl TV deals.

If you can stand to miss CBS, Sling TV provides a middle ground — and there's a 3-day free trial! The $50 per month Sling Orange + Blue package has NBC affiliates for this game, as well as local FOX affiliates plus ESPN.

How to watch Sling TV: all of the apps and more

Sling TV is nearly ubiquitous, with one notable exception: the PS5. We don't know why Sling TV doesn't have a PS5 app, but that's just the way it is. Nearly every other streaming device or platform? Sling is there.

If we don't have a link below, just search "Sling TV" in the app store section of your device.

In terms of regular TV-watching, check out my article on the app that changed the way I watch TV (also, it's free).

Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.