We researched dozens of TV providers to find you the best (and cheapest) ways to watch Super Bowl LV.

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There’s a reason the Super Bowl is the most-watched sporting event in the US: it’s always on a local broadcast channel (this year it’s on CBS), which makes it easy to catch inexpensively or even for free.

The NFL may eventually move the Super Bowl to a paid platform (Monday Night Football spent 35 years on ABC before it moved to ESPN), but it still costs little to nothing to clock . . . for now.

So, how to watch the Super Bowl is relatively easy (get CBS), but what’s the best way to watch it for you? Glad you asked, because we have options.


Top TV packages for the Super Bowl


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What channel is the Super Bowl on in 2021?


In 2021, Super Bowl LV will be broadcast by CBS on Sunday, February 7, live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Lead-up coverage and post-game analysis will be featured more heavily on the CBS cable outlet CBS Sports Network.

Local channels carrying CBS are available on almost every cable, satellite, and livestreaming TV service in the US (as well as through an antenna), as is CBS Sports Network. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the cheapest ways to watch Super Bowl LV live.


What time does the Super Bowl start?


Super Bowl LV will start at 6:30 p.m. eastern standard time (EST). That translates to 5:30 p.m. central daylight time (CDT), 4:30 p.m. mountain standard time (MST), and 3:30 p.m. Pacific daylight time (PDT).


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Best cable providers for the Super Bowl


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ProviderPriceChannels (including CBS)Details
Xfinity$49.99–$89.49/mo.140–220View plans
Spectrum$44.99–$94.99/mo.125–200View plans
Cox$25.00–$69.99/mo.75–250View plans
RCN$59.99–$69.99/mo.62–371View plans
Optimum$74.99–$124.99/mo.220–420View plans

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Best satellite providers for the Super Bowl


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ProviderPriceChannels (including CBS)Details
DIRECTV$64.99–$74.99/mo.160–250View plans
DISH Network$59.99–$94.99/mo.190–290View plans

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Xfinity and Spectrum have the biggest cable reach in the US, trailed by Cox. We’re recommending their cable plans because they’re the most likely to be available in your area. Xfinity’s Extra and Spectrum’s TV Select plans are similar in pricing and channel lineup, while Cox’s $25 a month Starter TV is as cheap as it gets in cable.

Satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH can operate wherever there’s sky, so they’re easier to get than most cable services. DIRECTV is the better of the two for overall sports coverage, should you want something to watch after the Super Bowl is over.

Unless there’s a local coverage dispute between the network and the provider (it happens, and events like the Super Bowl are sometimes used as leverage), a local station carrying CBS is easily found on any cable or satellite provider.

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