Sunday, February 13, 2022

How to watch Super Bowl 56

Today is Super Bowl Sunday. That means a lot of people will be watching the Super Bowl. It's one of the biggest broadcasts of the year, and has been for quite some time.

Last year, on average, 91.6 million people viewed the game, with 5.7 million streaming the game [source: Sports Media Watch]. That's an increase in streaming numbers of 2.3 million from the year before, but an overall drop of 8.8 million viewers overall from the same year. Streaming is gaining, despite traditional TV dropping.

This year, how do you watch the Super Bowl? Well, you have a couple of options.

The game is on NBC, and if you live close enough to an NBC affiliate's TV tower, you may be able to pick up the game over the air with an antenna. If you live close enough, an indoor antenna will work. If you live far away, you may need an outdoor antenna. For example, I live over 40 miles from the NBC station's tower near Savannah. I need an outdoor antenna, but I have one and it works great.

Or, you can stream the game on NBC's own Peacock TV service. Or you can watch NBC on one of the live streaming services that carries that network.

  • Antenna, if you are in range (most of you are). (Free)
  • Peacock (Premium) ($5/month; free to Xfinity Internet Flex users)
  • YouTube TV ($65/month)
  • Fubo TV ($65/month; $195/quarterly required for new accounts)
  • Hulu+Live TV ($70/month)
  • DirecTV Stream ($70/month)

Any of these options will get you the Super Bowl. It can be a part of your Streaming Life tonight.

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