As Super Bowl LII approaches, many cord cutters are trying to find a way to watch the big game. The third-most-watched television event in the United States is, thankfully, served up in a variety of fashions online, through both official and unofficial sources.
If you’re not going the official route, though, there will be some issues. Both official and unofficial sources may be blocked, either due to your region or lack of a cable subscription. Also, with the recent FCC decision to repeal net neutrality, any unblocked source you do find may well be throttled by your internet service provider (ISP). To get around these hurdles, you’ll need a VPN.
A VPN will both keep you protected when using unofficial sources and allow to access geoblocked content. Thankfully, VPNs are now cheap and easy to set up, so make sure you check out our best VPN picks and sign up before going any further.
Official Streams: Fox Sports Go and NFL Mobile
You can watch the game with the Fox Sports Go app on either a computer or a tablet. The stipulation is that you must have a cable subscription in order to use the application.
However, Fox lifted this during last year’s game, allowing everyone with the app to tune in. There’s no confirmation that it’ll happen again, but it is likely. Instead of just streaming from kickoff, Fox has a full day of coverage including pregame events, the halftime show and the Super Bowl itself.
If you don’t have a cable subscription and you are a Verizon customer, then you can use the NFL Mobile app. The app is hundred percent free, but only Verizon customers can tune into the game. A $5 fee used to be required, but has since been waived.
While Verizon will allow you to stream, Fox Sports Go is the best bet for most people. Assuming Fox will allow you to watch the game for free again this year, anyone can tune in on a PC or tablet. Just make sure you have a VPN if you’re outside of the U.S.
Unofficial Streams: Kodi and iPlayer
If you have a Kodi box, then there are plenty of add-ons that can stream the Super Bowl. Both official and unofficial add-ons are available, many with multiple streams.
The best way to use Kodi to watch the Super Bowl is with BBC iPlayer. BBC broadcasts the game, and this official add-on will allow you to watch it from your Kodi box. iPlayer can even be used inside of your browser.
The only hurdle is that you technically need to be a UK resident. BBC has taken measures to block non-British users from streaming content through iPlayer. If you’re in the UK, you’ll have no issues, and if not, there is still a way to use the service.
As mentioned before, a VPN will unlock geoblocked content. When using one with iPlayer, you’ll have full access to streams, including the Super Bowl. Considering this is the only way to watch the game from your browser or Kodi, then the cost is a small one. We picked out the best VPN for BBC iPlayer, so make sure to check those out.
iPlayer comes from the official Kodi repository, so we’ll run you through the install process. From the Kodi home screen, follow these steps:
- Click “add-ons”
- Head to the “add-on browser” (open box symbol)
- Select “install from repository”
- Choose the Kodi add-on repository
- Go into “video add-ons”
- Find and select “iPlayer WWW”
- Click “install”
- Wait for the “add-on enabled” notification
After that, you’re ready to go. As long as you have a VPN or you live within the UK, you’ll be able to stream the Super Bowl with iPlayer. To find it, just go to the add-ons menu within Kodi.
While it’s not certain, you can most likely find a stream through the unofficial add-on SportsDevil also. This add-on is one of the best ways to watch the NFL on Kodi, so it’s a natural fit here as well.
SportsDevil constantly puts streams up to many different sporting events, with everything from American football to cricket. With the wide variety of content rolling through SportsDevil, and multiple streams available for each, you’ll probably find one for the Super Bowl.
While using Kodi is legal, piracy is not, and this is the area you are entering with SportsDevil. Outside of just accessing streams based on your region, using a VPN is paramount here in keeping yourself protected from being monitored by ISPs and others.
SportsDevil is available in a few different repositories, but we had a successful install through Kodil. To install, take the following steps:
- Open Kodi and click on “settings” (cog icon)
- Go to “system settings”
- Hover your cursor over “add-ons”
- Tick the “unknown sources” slider to the right
Kodi can now accept add-ons from unknown sources, meaning we can access Kodil.
- Go back to the home screen and click on “settings” again
- Go to “file manager”
- Select “add source” from the left column
- Click “<none>”
- Enter “http://kdil.co/repo/”
- Give it a name
- Head back to the home screen and click on “add-ons”
- Go to the “add-on browser” (open box symbol)
- Click “install from zip”
- Choose the source you named before
After that, the repository will install and you can get SportsDevil running by using the “install from repository” option like with iPlayer. Be sure you choose the Kodil repository and not the official Kodi one.
With more and more options coming to life every day for streaming traditional cable content online, it’s never been a better time to cut the cord. Official streams from Fox and Verizon open up the possibilities for paying customers to watch the Super Bowl, but add-ons like SportsDevil and iPlayer grant access to all.
SportsDevil is not legal, but every other option is. To both keep yourself protected and to access region-locked content, make sure you have a VPN in place.
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