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How to watch a Super Bowl live stream without cable

How to watch the Super Bowl without cable
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Let's not beat around the bush...Super Bowl LIV has arrived and you're still not sure how to watch it without cable. Whether it's because you don't have a cable provider, or aren't near a connection when the game kicks off.

The best way to live stream Super Bowl without cable in 2020 is via a VPN, which will allow you to log into your subscription wherever you are in the world, or find a provider that is showing the game who isn’t on your existing cable contract (if you have one). Accessing the Super Bowl without cable is actually pretty easy and cheap, and often you’ll benefit from being able to access all your favorite streaming services too, using the same VPN provider. So, it’s more than just a one-game benefit for you.

Don’t forget that just because you’re away from home, you can still watch the Super Bowl without cable using, er, your Fox or Hulu cable subscription. Both these services have online apps and viewing sites, so if you’re still in America, you have a cable subscription, and you want to access it, just log-in from any web browser or app device.

What VPN providers should you use?

Not all VPNs are created equal, and if you want to do more research, check our guide to the best VPN services of 2020. They often have different features, pay-scales, and levels of security. Our favorite is Express VPN as it offers a great all round experience for a competitive price. If you’re looking to watch the Super Bowl without cable, then Express is very much the one to go for, and you’ll probably stick with it long after the final play of the Super Bowl this year. Here are our top three options below, along with the best pricing plans right now.

Where is Super Bowl 2020 showing? 

US - Fox will be broadcasting the Super Bowl live in the US, via cable. You can also stream online via Fox.com if you have a subscription to this service. If you’re outside the US and want to log into your account, then you’ll need to use your VPN to simulate your local area. 

You can also access via Hulu with Live TV, and you can access this service with a subscription. It’s $54.99 per month and includes Fox, CBS, ESPN and NBC. If you sign up now, you get a free one-month trial. FuboTV has it too, and that’s $55 for the first month - not a cheap option.

Canada - As is tradition, the place to watch Super Bowl in Canada in 2020 is CTV / TSN. There is an On The Go app for those who are away from their home cable, so if you have a subscription you can simply log-in here.

UK - The Super Bowl 2020 will be shown on the BBC for free. You can watch live on TV, or via the BBC iPlayer. If you happen to be in a different country, because you’re on holiday for example, then you can use a VPN to access the BBC from wherever you are and continue to watch the game for free. Very handy.

Australia - Want to watch Super Bowl 2020 down under, without cable? You can access it via Channel 7, which is free, so just tune in when you’re ready. Again, if you’re outside the country and want that Aussie commentary, use a VPN to dial in and watch it for free wherever you are in the world.

How to use a VPN to access a TV service 

Now if you don’t have access to any of the above options and would like to watch the Super Bowl, then you can still watch the biggest game of the year with the help of a VPN. Follow the handy step-by-step guide below to get set up:

1. Download a VPN

The first thing you’re going to need is download and install a VPN. See our advice above on choosing the best option available.

If you’re lost and don't know what a VPN is, we've got a great will answers the burning questions - what is a VPN and why do you need one? The short version is that a VPN lets you access the internet as if you were in a different location. So if you’re on holiday in France and want to watch the Super Bowl, you can use a VPN to access a US server. VPNs can be used on most devices including laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

2. Connect to a UK-based server

This might seem like an odd choice but stick with us. Once you’ve installed your VPN and signed up for an account, open the VPN app and find the option that lets you choose a location. Choose a UK location. Why the UK you ask? Because the BBC is broadcasting the Super Bowl in the UK and crucially, the BBC doesn’t run adverts, so you can watch the entire show uninterrupted. 

3. Access TVPlayer.com

Now that your VPN is online and telling the world you’re based in the UK, you can access TVPlayer.com. This is a free (and entirely legal) streaming website which covers hundreds of channels. Find the BBC from the selection and you’re good to go. Just sit back and enjoy the greatest spectacle in the sporting calendar.

All you need to know about Super Bowl 2020

Super Bowl 2020 will see the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers. This will be the Chiefs second appearance in a Super Bowl and the first time they’ve made it to the big showdown in over 50 years. Their opponents, the San Francisco 49ers have had a more illustrious Super Bowl history and this will be their seventh appearance on the grandest stage in football. 

Super Bowl 2020 takes place on Sunday, Feb 2, 2020. Kick-off is set for 6:30 pm ET. It will be coming to you live from the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. This will be the sixth time that the Super Bowl has been hosted at the stadium (the others were in 1989, 1995, 1999, 2007, & 2010).

Getting tickets to the Super Bowl

Nothing beats the atmosphere of a live football game and the Super Bowl is the biggest game of the year, so it’s understandable that watching it via TV or streaming might not be good enough for you. On that front, we’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news is that we have reviewed and rated a whole host of websites to find the best sport ticket sites. All of the major sport ticket sites still have Super Bowl tickets on sale, so it's not too late.

The bad news is that no matter where you look for tickets, you’re going to struggle to find anything much under $4000. SeatGeek, our top-rated sport ticket seller is offering seats that start at $3859, with their most expensive tickets reaching an eye-watering $35,100. Maybe it’s better to just stream the show and buy a new car with that money instead?