Not sure what options you have to watch The Super Bowl on Chromecast? Want to make sure you don’t miss out on a second of the action? We’ve got good news. There are plenty of ways to watch the Super Bowl on Chromecast, even if you don’t have a cable subscription. In this guide, we’ll discuss your options for watching the Super Bowl on Chromecast. Read on, and don’t miss out on the Big Game!
What Network Has The Rights to The Super Bowl?
Originally, Super Bowl rights alternated between NBC and CBS, because NBC was home to the American Football League, and CBS was home to the National Football League. When these leagues merged in 1966, broadcast rights were provided to both broadcasters in an alternating schedule.
Today, though, things are a bit different. FOX also broadcasts NFL games, alongside NBC and CBS. Depending on the year, FOX, NBC, or CBS could be broadcasting the super bowl.
This year, though, Super Bowl LIII, between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, will be broadcast on CBS. So, to watch the Super Bowl on Chromecast without cable, you’ll need a service that can provide you with access to CBS. Let’s discuss your top options now.
A note about CBS network availability and internet streaming
CBS is an Over-The-Air (OTA) station, that means that each CBS station is independently owned. In turn, this means that each CBS station negotiates rates with internet TV services, like fuboTV, independently.
This also means that, even if you do have a CBS station in your area, it may be unavailable on one of the following internet TV services, due to contract issues.
Before you sign up for one of the below services, we highly recommend that you enter your ZIP code, and make sure you’ll have access to CBS in your area.
fuboTV, as a sports-centric streaming service, is an ideal choice if you want to watch the Super Bowl on Chromecast. It offers consistent performance on Chromecast, and a good package of sports-focused channels for a reasonable price.
Channels & pricing
There are two fuboTV packages that come with CBS – the basic fubo package, which comes with around 80 channels, and the pricier fubo Extra package, which clocks in at 100+ channels.
Regardless of the package you choose, though, you’ll be able to get CBS, as well as the other major broadcast networks including NBC, ABC, and FOX, where available.Because you’ll have CBS, you’ll have everything you need to watch The Super Bowl on Chromecast without cable.
fuboTV has pretty good features, though it doesn’t really stand out from the pack. You’ll get a 30-hour cloud DVR for free with your subscription, so you can record the Super Bowl and whatever other content you’d like, and keep it for as long as you want. If 30 hours isn’t enough, you can pay $10/month to bump yourself up to a (frankly insane) 500 hours of storage space, which should be plenty for just about anyone.
You can only stream on 2 devices at once with fuboTV, so you may have trouble streaming in a larger household unless you purchase the $6/month “Family Share” add-on, which adds support for a third simultaneous stream.
Naturally, fuboTV is available on the Chromecast via the iOS and Android app, and both apps seem to work quite well. You can also watch fuboTV on your web browser, and on the Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV, so you’ll never be short of options when it comes to watching the Super Bowl without cable.
If you’re interested, you can try fuboTV out for yourself with a week-long free trial, so you can watch the Super Bowl on Chromecast without spending a dime.
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Despite a recent price hike, Hulu With Live TV is a really good streaming service, offering a good combination of channels, features, and access to the Hulu on-demand library of content for a single monthly price. It’s definitely one of our top picks for how to watch The Super Bowl on Chromecast.
Channels & pricing
Starting in February, Hulu With Live TV will cost $45/month for a base subscription. This includes about 60-70 channels, as well as an included subscription to the Hulu on-demand service. You have the option to upgrade to an ad-free Hulu on-demand subscription for an extra $6/month, bringing the cost to $51.
Hulu With Live TV has CBS, as well as the other major broadcast networks including ABC, NBC, and FOX, so you’ll be covered when it comes to watching the Super Bowl on Chromecast.
Hulu With Live TV has good features, and they can all be upgraded, which is nice. You get 50 hours of free cloud DVR storage with no content expiration dates for free, and can expand your space to 200 hours with a $10/month Enhanced DVR package.
By default, you can only stream on 2 screen at once. However, a $10/month Unlimited Screens package allows you to expand this to unlimited screens on your home network, and up to 3 devices outside of your home network. You can combine Enhanced DVR and Unlimited Screens for $15/month.
Hulu With Live TV supports Chromecast via the iOS and Android app, and supports a wide variety of other platforms. You can watch in your web browser, and on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. The Xbox One and Nintendo Switch gaming consoles are also supported.
If you’d like to watch The Super Bowl on Chromecast with Hulu With Live TV, you can get a free week-long trial when you sign up as a new user.
YouTube TV is run by Google, and entered the growing internet TV market in 2017. It has great support for local channels, with almost 90% of the country covered, and standout features which make it a good choice for watching The Super Bowl on Chromecast without cable.
Channels & pricing
YouTube TV has a single channel plan, which costs $40/month. For your money, you’ll get around 70 channels, including CBS, FOX, NBC, and ABC, as well as plenty of other sports channels like Fox Sports and ESPN networks.
YouTube TV has a great variety of channels for a reasonable price, and it’s tied as the cheapest option on our list, with DirecTV Now.
YouTube TV doesn’t just have a good lineup of channels. It also has standout features that are great for families, and are included at no extra charge.
First, let’s talk cloud DVR. You can store as many shows and hours of content as you want, with a 9-month content expiration date, at no extra charge. This is, far and away, the best cloud DVR you can get from an internet TV service.
Simultaneous streams are also above-average. You can stream on 3 devices at once for no extra fee, which is better than every other service on this list, barring PlayStation Vue.
Of course, YouTube TV has great support for Chromecast via the iOS and Android app. When it first launched, Chromecast was the only living room platform it supported. Today, though, you can also watch YouTube TV on Roku and Apple TV, as well as a variety of smart TVs from manufacturers like Samsung and LG, and the Xbox One.
Want to give it a try? You can get a free week-long trial at the YouTube TV website, and see how you like this service.
PlayStation Vue offers a slightly smaller list of channels than some of our other picks on this list, and it can get pricey. But with good streaming performance and family-friendly features, it’s still a good option to watch The Super Bowl on Chromecast.
Channels & pricing
PlayStation Vue comes in four different channel packages, as follows:
- Access – 45 channels, $45/month
- Core – 60 channels, $50/month
- Elite – 84 channels, $60/month
- Ultra – All Elite channels plus HBO/Showtime, $80/month
To get CBS, as well as ABC, FOX, and NBC, you’ll only need to get the cheapest, $45/month Access package, which also comes with some other local broadcast, sports, and entertainment networks like ESPN.
The higher-tier packages have a number of additional cable channels, but aren’t necessary if you’re only interested in watching The Super Bowl.
PlayStation Vue has really good features, and is ideal for large households, primarily because of its 5-device simultaneous streaming policy. For no extra charge, you can stream on up to 5 devices at once, so you’ll pretty much never have to worry about missing out on your favorite shows (or The Big Game) because someone else is using your account.
The DVR is also pretty good. You can only save content for up to 28 days, but you get unlimited storage space within this time period, so you should still be able to store plenty of content, and watch in on your own time.
Device support for PlayStation Vue is also excellent. Contrary to what the name implies, PlayStation Vue does support Chromecast via the iOS and Android app, and also supports Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku, as well as the PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles.
If you’d like to give this service a try, head to the PlayStation Vue website now, and you can sign up for a free trial.
DirecTV Now is owned by AT&T, and was founded to try to reclaim some of the profits lost when cord-cutters started ditching pay TV in favor of cheaper streaming services. It offers a good selection of channels, but falls behind competitors when it comes to features – particularly the DVR.
Channels & pricing
Like PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now has several different channel packages and pricing tiers, based on the number of channels that you would like to receive. They are as follows:
- Live A Little – 65+ channels, $40/month
- Just Right – 85+ channels, $55/month
- Go Big – 105+ channels, $65/month
- Gotta Have It – 125+ channels, $75/month
To watch the Super Bowl on Chromecast, you’ll just need the cheapest, $40/month Live A Little package, which includes CBS, as well as NBC, FOX, and ABC, alongside a number of other cable and broadcast channels.
DirecTV Now is a bit lacking when it comes to features. It’s okay when it comes to simultaneous streams. You can stream on 2 devices at once, and add a third for an extra $5/month fee. But the DVR is, quite frankly, terrible.
You can store only 20 hours of content, and it’s automatically deleted after 30 days. This makes it, by far, the worst cloud DVR in the business, and there’s not even an option to upgrade it – not yet, at least.
On a brighter note, though, DirecTV Now does support the Chromecast via the iOS and Android app. You can also watch on your web browser, of course, and on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. You can get a free trial on the DirecTV Now website, if you’d like to give it a shot.
Watch The Super Bowl on Chromecast for Free – The CBS Sports App
Don’t want to pay for an internet TV service just to watch the Super Bowl on Chromecast? Well, we’ve got good news. This year, you can stream The Super Bowl for free on the CBS Sports app for iOS and Android, which supports the Chromecast.
That’s right! This year, the Super Bowl will be broadcast free of charge on the CBS Sports website, and on the CBS Sports App, which supports Chromecast, as well as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
You can watch the entire game without paying a dime. So, if you’re on a tight budget and don’t want to try out any of the above streaming services, you can check out the CBS Sports app for Chromecast, and make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the action.