Published on February 1st, 2019 | by Brad Gibson0
Your definitive Apple TV guide to watching Super Bowl 53
Super Bowl LIII will take place Sunday in a matchup between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. Apple TV users, there are lots of ways to watch free and not so free.
Here are your basics for Americans…
When: Sunday, February 3
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Line: Patriots -2.5
Kick-off time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Pregame coverage on CBS
11:30 a.m. ET: “That Other Pregame Show”
12 p.m.: NFL Films’ “Road to the Super Bowl”
1 p.m.: “Tony Goes to the Super Bowl”
2 p.m. “The Super Bowl Today” leading all the way to 6:30 kickoff
Other pregame coverage
9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: NFL Networks “NFL GameDay Morning”
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: ESPN’s “Postseason NFL Countdown”
3 p.m.: Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl”
About the Broadcast
In the booth: Jim Nantz (fifth Super Bowl), Tony Romo (first Super Bowl)
Sideline reporters: Tracy Wolfson, Evan Washburn, Jay Feely
Rules analyst: Gene Steratore
Total CBS Cameras: 115
National anthem singer: Gladys Knight
Halftime performers: Maroon 5, Big Boi, Travis Scott
Regardless of who wins Sunday, history will be made by one of the two coaches. If the Patriots claim yet another title, Bill Belichick (age 66) will be the oldest coach to ever win the big game. Rams head coach Sean McVay (age 33) would be the youngest to ever do so.
And here’s a rundown on how you can watch the big game through your Apple TV.
Stream on Locast in nine large U.S. cities
Locast is a nonprofit broadcasting service re-broadcasting local, over-the-air stations in nine large U.S. cities (Baltimore, Washington, DC, New York, Philadelphia, Houston, Boston, Denver, Chicago, and Dallas). While the service does not have a tvOS app at this time, it does have an iOS app that supports re-broadcasting using AirPlay through Apple TV on to televisions.
With Locast airing CBS affiliates in nine markets, it’s another great option for Apple TV users to view the Super Bowl.
Stream on CBS Sports
CBS has semi-exclusive rights to broadcast Super Bowl 53 in the US in English and you can watch it – all authentication-free – on the free CBS Sports app for tvOS, which can be downloaded from the Apple TV App Store.
Stream on CBS All Access
You can stream the Super Bowl by signing up to get a free seven-day trial of CBS All Access, which is available as a free app on Apple TV’s App Store. You can get a CBS All Access subscription for as little as $5.99 per month if you don’t mind a few commercials, or go commercial-free for only $9.99 per month.
Stream on third-party live streaming services
Five of the live subscription streaming platforms – all available as independent apps on Apple TV – will carry the game in the U.S. through many local CBS broadcast affiliates. They include…
- DirecTV Now (with a seven-day free trial and packages starting at $40 per month)
- fuboTV (with a seven-day free trial and packages starting at $40 per month)
- Hulu with Live TV (with a seven-day free trial and packages starting at $40 per month)
- PlayStation Vue (with a 14-day free trial and packages starting at $40 per month)
- YouTube TV (with a five-day free trial and packages starting at $40 per month)
Stream the Super Bowl abroad
Outside the U.S., live streaming access to the Super Bowl is fragmented.
The easiest way for those outside America to watch is subscribing to the international version of NFL Game Pass, a tvOS app available on Apple TV App Stores outside the U.S. The price varies by region, but the platform generally costs between $10 and $30 for access during the Super Bowl, which includes the week of and after the game.
Many broadcasters are airing the Super Bowl in international markets. An entire, searchable list is available at this NFL web link.
Here are just a few of the English-language broadcasters we know off streaming the game live through their associated Apple TV apps with embedded links to those tvOS apps…
TSN GO – tvOS app (Cable or satellite authentication required)
BBC iPlayer – tvOS app
The bottom line regarding Super Bowl 53 on Apple TV…it’s free for those in America and in some countries, also free from certain broadcasters. It’s just a matter of finding your options.