Super Bowl LIV in 4K: How to watch SF 49ers vs. KC Chiefs without cable

Super Bowl LIV airs Sunday on Fox, and if you’ve cut the cable or satellite cord, have no fear, you still have several options for watching.

The Super Bowl is TV’s most viewed event, with just under 100 million people tuning in to the 2019 edition. This year’s game features the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the San Francisco 49ers from Miami. 

The big football showdown starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox.  

However, if you’ve cut the cord and don’t get cable or satellite, there are other ways to view it as well. 

How to watch Super Bowl LIV for free 

Fox Sports is live-streaming the game, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET, for free across a wide variety of platforms including streaming devices, computers, tablets and smartphones. On mobile devices, you can watch using the Fox Sports or Fox Now and Fox Deportes apps, as well as the NFL Mobile and Yahoo Sports apps. NFL.com will stream the game, too, if you want to watch on your computer.

You can also stream the game on TV with the Fox Sports and Fox Now apps via streaming players like Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. While you usually need the TV provider authentication to watch, Fox says this won’t be necessary on Sunday.

To catch the game on Fox Sports apps, viewers will need to register and create a profile before you can start watching.

Subscribe to free trials to stream the Super Bowl 

Cable alternative services YouTube TV ($50 monthly), Fubo ($54.99 monthly) and Hulu with Live TV ($55 monthly) will offer the game and have free trial offers for new subscribers. Sunday morning, you could sign up, get the programming, watch the game, and then cancel on Monday. Another alternative service, Sling, offers Fox programming, but in only 17 markets, so check your local listings. 

Jan 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (26) celebrates after the 49ers defeated the Minnesota Vikings in a NFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

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An almost-free option for Super Bowl 

Buy an antenna. The current crop of antennas are way more powerful than the rabbit ears of yesteryear, with built-in turners to boost the signal, and they’re dirt cheap. (This Mohu model is $30.)

With an antenna, you just plug it into the electrical outlet, connect the device to your TV – most of which have digital tuners – and ask the set to start scanning for channels. Beyond the usual collection of CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox affiliates, the antennas bring in digital-only channels as well, usually in the 40 to 60 channel range. 

Antennas work best in urban environments. In remote areas, it may be hard to get a signal, and you’ll need cable or satellite for that.

Apps for watching the 49ers and Chiefs

The Fox Now and Fox Sports smart TV apps will have additional behind the scenes footage. You can also watch the Super Bowl game on the 49s and Chiefs apps.

Create a profile

Super Bowl in 4K Ultra HDR 

Fox says this is the first Super Bowl available in the highest resolution ever, in 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) for “more pixels, improved color, and better contrast.” That’s a step up from most cable and satellite sports broadcasts, which usually are in high definition. The broadcast is produced in 1080p, but “up-converted” for higher resolution and quality. 

Pay TV services including DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast Xfinity X1, Altice Optimum, and Verizon FIOS will also offer 4K. You may need certain equipment to get 4K, so check your system’s site for more information.

There are also a bunch of caveats if you want to watch the 4K stream on the Fox apps or Fubo TV. To get the UHD/HDR, you’ll need a recent Roku streaming device (Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Ultra 4K/UHD TV models with Roku OS built-in) or the Amazon FireTV 4K. The Apple TV 4K model will stream 4K in standard dynamic range. 

Additionally, you will need a 4K TV with HDR10 support, a compatible HDMI cable, and good broadband, a high-speed internet connection of at least 25 Mbps or higher is recommended.

In addition to the game broadcast, which begins at 6 p.m. ET, Fox is also broadcasting the kickoff show (1-2 p.m. ET) and pregame show (2-6 p.m. p.m.ET) in 4K, too.

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