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Published on January 29th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson

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How to watch Sunday’s Super Bowl LII on your Apple TV anywhere

It’s the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52 this Sunday and there are numerous options to watch it on your Apple TV.

The Patriots are in the big game for the second year in a row and the 10th time in their history. The Pats are the defending champs and have five Super Bowl victories already. Their dominance this season with a record of 13-3, and in previous years, is a testament to why they are picked by oddsmakers to win Sunday’s game by four-and-a-half points.

The Eagles have never won the Super Bowl, something they have in common with only eight other teams that have appeared in the game at least once. It’s only their third appearance in the big game and their first since 2004 when they lost to…guess who…the Patriots.

New England Patriots football actionFive-time Super Bowl winners the New England Patriots have been here before, so no wonder they are favored by four-and-a-half points.

The matchup will be televised on NBC this year, but if you don’t have cable, satellite service or an aerial connection to watch the game, there are other ways you can make sure not to miss out. Here are the options…

NBC Sports app coverage

NBC has the exclusive rights to this year’s game and the NBC Sports app, available through the Apple TV AppStore, is the best way to watch. Unlike other sports events, NBC will also broadcast the coveted advertisements too via this live stream, so you won’t miss a thing.

Some more good news…usually you have to login to the NBC Sports app through a cable, satellite, or telco provider of TV to view programming, but NBC/Universal has announced users will not be prompted to log in with cable/satellite/telco credentials and can view Super Bowl LII for free.

NBC’s unauthenticated stream will include 11 continuous hours of content starting with pre-game coverage at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT and conclude with the network’s post-game presentation of an episode from the television series This Is Us.

 


  • What: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots
  • When: Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT (Pre-game shows begins at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT)
  • Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
  • US TV Network: NBC
  • Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter)
  • National anthem: Pink
  • Halftime show: Justin Timberlake

 

NBC web coverage

Another option is to watch the game through the NBCSports.com/Live website and stream it to your Apple TV box and TV through AirPlay. You will need the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player to view the broadcast. The game will be broadcast in HD. Authentication through a cable, satellite, or telco provider will not be required for this game only.

Stream through live services

If your local station is available on one of the five streaming services available on Apple TV – Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Fubo TV, or Sling TV – then you’re all good to watch the game. In fact, for those not subscribers to any of these streaming services, many of them offer a free seven-day subscription that would make the game very much available at no charge.

To see if you’re local NBC affiliate is on one of these services (other than Sling TV as they are available only in markets where the affiliate is owned by NBC/Universal like Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc.), go to Streambuzz.net and check out their affiliate chart. Chances are very good one of these services streams live your local NBC station.

International coverage…we’ve got that

The Super Bowl has become an international affair and those with Apple TV boxes in various countries will also be privy to the games broadcast.

In many countries, the game will be broadcast on national or regional networks for free, but not all of them offer a streaming feed to your Apple TV so check with your local broadcaster. To get you started, this TSM Sportz link will tell you who has broadcasting rights to the game throughout the world.

Here’s a rundown of a few ways to watch internationally on your Apple TV…

NFL Game Pass International

If you’re located inside Europe only, NFL Game Pass International is your guaranteed connection to the Super Bowl on your Apple TV, BUT it’ll cost you 19.99 EURO. Game broadcasts and content included in the service are available only in English and the game will be a simulcast of the NBC broadcast with commercials. The game will begin at 23:30 GMT. For more details on NFL Game Pass International go to this link.

Super Bowl 52 in the United Kingdom

The game will be available on the British Broadcasting Company through the BBC iPlayer app, available on the Apple AppStore in the UK for free. Access to the iPlayer requires a TV license. The broadcast will also be available on BBC One through the TV Player app on Apple TV. The broadcast will begin at 23:15 GMT on BBC One, as well as via a connected TV or the BBC website.

Super Bowl 52 in Germany

In Germany, the big game will be on ProSieben, a German free-to-air channel, via the networks ProSieben MAXX Apple TV app. The broadcast will begin at 22:50, local time.

Super Bowl 52 in Australia 

Australia will also be broadcasting Super Bowl LII on the Australian commercial free-to-air television network Seven Network via its free 7plus Apple TV app. The broadcast will start at 10:30 a.m. AEST.

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About the Author

Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the Associated Press and United Press International.



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