Here's how to watch the Super Bowl free -- even if you don't have cable or a TV
In the past, cord-cutters wanting to watch the biggest live events would have to follow strange quasi-legal workarounds that were complicated, with the only alternative being to ask friends for their cable log-in credentials.
For Super Bowl 50, however, those who have cut the cord have several legal options for watching the big game online.
For those with a set-top box, the CBS Sports official app is available on Roku, the Xbox One, and Amazon's stable of Fire devices. And while watching the big game on a big screen is customary, those without a set-top box can watch on their iOS or Android devices with no problem. If you'd like to watch on a computer, CBS' website has you covered.
Here's the guide to watching Super Bowl 50 free:
- TV -- CBS or the CBS Sports app on Roku, Xbox One, or Amazon Fire devices
- iPhone, iPad, Apple TV -- CBS Sports iOS app
- Android phones and tablets -- CBS Sports app on Google Play
- PC & Mac -- CBS' website
These streaming options shouldn't be seen as a sign of altruism from big companies, but rather as their adapting to the growing trend away from cable. The more people who watch the game, the more the game's hosts can charge for advertising. That said, it is somewhat progressive for sports to allow free streaming; the NFL, WWE, and MLB have streaming packages if you'd like to watch an entire season.
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