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Super Bowl 2019: Can You Stream It For Free?

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Q. I know that the Super Bowl won’t be in 4K. But will you be able to stream it in regular HD? I have to work on Sunday and I want to have the game on my laptop. Also, if it is available for streaming, will you need a cable or satellite subscription? — Ernie, Miami. 

Ernie, if you don’t have cable or satellite — or you have to work (sorry, pal) — don’t worry about missing the Super Bowl. CBS will stream the game for free on its web site (CBSSports.com), and the CBS Sports app.

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In addition, the game will be available on CBS’ subscription app, CBS All Access, which normally costs $5.99 a month. However, if you choose to watch it there, you can get a free, seven-day trial.

By the way, the CBS Sports app is available on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Apple TV.

The game, as you probably know, starts at 6:30 p.m. ET and pits the Los Angeles Rams vs. the New England Patriots.

Last point: If you have a subscription to a live streaming service, such as DIRECTV Now and PlayStation Vue, you may also have CBS in your package. That depends on your market and the carriage deals of your provider so you can check your online guide. (Sling TV does not carry CBS.)

Of course, fans planning to watch the game online should take note that past streams of the Super Bowl, and other big events, have often encountered technical snafus, largely due to the huge number of people streaming at the same time. But, hopefully, CBS and other streamers will have the kinks worked out on Sunday.

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