How do I watch the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl LVI, the 2022 NFL championship game, is scheduled to be played on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, home to the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers. This year’s NFL title game will feature the NFC-champion Rams and the AFC-champion Cincinnati Bengals.

Despite the location, the Rams will actually be the “visitors” and the Bengals the home team for this year’s game — the NFL rotates the designation between the two conference winners each year.

While there is still over a week until kickoff, here’s a look at what’s expected and what you need to know ahead of the showdown.

When is the Super Bowl?

The big game will kick off Sunday, Feb. 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. That’s one week later than usual, because the NFL added a game to its regular season this year, pushing everything back a week.

Ah, that’s one of the most Googled questions on the internet. The game is set to start at 3:30 p.m. PT (6:30 p.m. ET).

And if you want to start the football hoopla early there’s a whole day of pregame shows, featuring things like game predictions and feature segments on the players and coaches. And don’t forget the Puppy Bowl.

Which teams are playing?

The Cincinnati Bengals will play the Los Angeles Rams in this year’s big game. The Bengals will be looking to win their first Super Bowl title, while the Rams are looking for their second championship.

Should they win, the Rams would become only the second team to win the Super Bowl at home, following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who accomplished the feat last year.

How do I watch the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl LVI will be broadcast live on NBC. You can also stream the game live on Peacock or the NBC Sports app. The game will be aired in Spanish on NBC sister network Telemundo.

NBC, CBS and Fox have previously rotated showing the game, with ABC set to rejoin the group in the future. This was supposed to be a CBS year, but back in 2019 NBC and CBS made a deal to trade years so that NBC could show both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics in the same month of 2022. The Winter Olympics begin Feb. 4 in Beijing, so NBC will have to adjust its Olympic programming accordingly on Super Bowl Sunday.

Is the Super Bowl in 4K?

No, this year’s Big Game will not be broadcast in 4K. Although Fox previously made a higher-quality feed available when it last had the game in 2020, as did CBS last year, the 2022 Super Bowl on NBC will be broadcast and streamed in HD.

Best options for streaming the Super Bowl

Here are our recommendations for the best ways to watch the Super Bowl without cable. Each of the major live TV streaming services offers NBC and a free trial, but it’s not a guarantee that each service carries your local NBC station, so check the links below to make sure.

The below options will work for streaming on a phone, tablet, computer or TV but may cost money. Those who just want to watch on a phone or tablet can watch for free with the Yahoo Sports app.

It’s currently unclear whether Peacock will require its $5 Premium service to watch the Super Bowl, as it has with other playoff games, or will let fans watch the big game for free. Asked about this, Peacock rep told CNET, “We’ll have more on the Super Bowl soon.” We’ll update this section when we know more.

The ad-supported Premium plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free Premium Plus plan costs $10 a month. Note that you’ll still have to watch ads during live football with the $10 plan; ad-free applies only to on-demand content.

Read our Peacock review.

 

SEE AT PEACOCK

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes NBC for the Super Bowl broadcast. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.

Read our YouTube TV review.

 

SEE AT YOUTUBE TV

FuboTV costs $65 a month and includes NBC for the Super Bowl. Click here to see which local channels you get.

Read our FuboTV review.

 

SEE AT FUBOTV

Hulu with Live TV costs $70 a month and includes NBC. Click the “View channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.

Read our Hulu with Live TV review.

 

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Formerly AT&T TV, DirecTV Stream’s basic $70-a-month package includes NBC. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live.

Read our DirecTV Stream review.

 

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Sling TV’s $35-a-month Blue plan includes NBC but only in a handful of markets. Check here to see if those local channels are available where you live.

Read our Sling TV review.

 

SEE AT SLING TV

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials (except Peacock, which just has a free tier that may or may not offer the Super Bowl), allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our live TV streaming services guide.

Where is the Super Bowl scheduled to be played?

SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, is home of the LA Chargers and LA Rams. The stadium just opened in September 2020, so this will be the first Super Bowl held there, as well as the first Super Bowl in the LA area in 29 years.

SoFi Stadium boosters will be proud to show off the new digs. It cost an estimated $5.5 billion, the most expensive stadium ever. It’s open-sided and covered with an independently supported see-through canopy to protect fans from the sun (and the rare LA rain). It’s also noted for the Infinity Screen by Samsung, a 2.2-million-pound 4K HDR video board that hangs over the field and displays 80 million pixels.

Future Super Bowls will be held in Glendale, Arizona (2023), Paradise, Nevada (2024) and New Orleans (2025).

Who’s the Super Bowl halftime performer?

There’s going to be more than one main halftime performer this year. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar will all perform. They’ll have to divide up the time somehow — only 12 minutes are set aside for the performance. NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, for one, is kind of bummed out about it.

“I’m upset that there’s all that greatness packed into 12 minutes,” O’Neal told The Hollywood Reporter. “Because I, at least, want to hear three songs from Dre, and three from Snoop, and three from Mary and three from Kendrick. That’s like an hour performance, but I guess they’re going to have to figure out how to do all that in 12 minutes. But if Dr. Dre’s involved, all that funk and all, in 12 minutes, it’s probably going to be the best Super Bowl halftime show ever.”

Who’s singing the national anthem?

Country singer Mickey Guyton will sing The Star-Spangled Banner.

What are the big Super Bowl commercials this year?

The elaborate Super Bowl commercials are a big reason why some viewers tune in every year. GM, Lay’s potato chips, Avocados From Mexico, QuickBooks and others have said they’ll be advertising. And Singapore-based cryptocurrency platform Crypto.com will be running its first Super Bowl ad, The Wall Street Journal reports. We’ll keep you posted — usually, numerous advertisers reveal their Super Bowl commercials well before the big day.

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