CBS has announced that for the first time ever, all NFL games streaming on its website this season will be available for free and will not require authentication through a pay TV provider. This is especially important as CBS will be offering a free Super Bowl live stream through its website and streaming apps, allowing you to watch the big game on multiple devices. ESPN Deportes, which you can stream live on Sling TV free with a 7-day trial, will be providing Spanish coverage of the Super Bowl.[adrotate banner=”5″]
How to Live Stream the Super Bowl with CBS
CBS will be providing a free Super Bowl live stream on its website at this link and through the CBS Sports channel app on Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, and Windows 10. If you want to stream the Super Bowl on your phone or tablet, you’ll need to be a Verizon Wireless customer and have the NFL Mobile app as the wireless company has an exclusive deal with the NFL for mobile streaming.
ESPN Deportes to Offer Spanish Super Bowl Stream on Sling TV
For fans looking for an alternative way to enjoy a Super Bowl live stream, ESPN Deportes will be providing Spanish coverage of the game for the first time ever. ESPN Deportes is available on Sling TV, a live streaming service that serves as an affordable alternative to cable TV. While ESPN Deportes is in the add-on Deportes Extra package of Sling TV channels, new subscribers can access the channel at no cost when they sign up for a free 7-day trial.
Sling TV can be streamed on your computer or TV using a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other compatible streaming player. While Sling TV is available on phones and tablets, the Super Bowl live stream will be blocked out on mobile devices as it’s only available on NFL Mobile for Verizon customers.
CBS Live Streaming Six NFL Games in the 2015-2016 Season
Beyond the Super Bowl, CBS is also offering live streams of five other regular season and playoff games. While the six game streaming schedule might seem light, this move by CBS represents a major step in the right direction. Even though fans could always view local games over-the-air for free with an antenna, CBS has traditionally only made the games available for online viewing to those who could login with their pay TV credentials. Perhaps CBS and other networks will continue further down this path and make all locally-aired games available online for free live streaming.
Of course, CBS could be using this as a way to measure demand for streaming its NFL games before putting them behind a paywall in the future. Earlier this month, CBS Corp. COO Joe Ianniello hinted that NFL games could be offered on its $5.99-per-month streaming service, CBS All Access by as early as next season. Ianniello suggested that if they were to move forward with full in-market NFL streaming prices for CBS All Access would have to increase.
“The math, from where we sit, is pretty exciting,” Ianniello said. “There’s definitely upside value. The $6 seems to be the right price point without it, and we’ll see where it goes if we can obtain it. But it’s going to be win-win. It will be a win for the NFL, a win for CBS and a win for the consumer. … There’s absolutely value in that product.”
For now, at least, NFL fans can enjoy a small victory in the battle for more live streaming options. As for what the future holds, only time will tell.
Here’s the complete schedule of games that will stream for free on CBS.com this season:
Sunday, October 4 New York Jets vs Miami Dolphins (in London)
Thursday, November 26 Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving Day)
Saturday, January 8 or Sunday, Jan 9 AFC Wild Card Game
Saturday, January 15 or Sunday, January 16 AFC Divisional Playoffs
Sunday, January 24 AFC Championship Game
Sunday, February 7 Super Bowl 50
For more information, visit www.CBS.com.
To learn more about all of the legal NFL streaming options for the 2015 season, click here to read our complete NFL streaming guide.