How to live stream Super Bowl LII (52) using Kodi or other online streaming

Published by on January 5, 2018 in Kodi

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It’s that time of year again. The pinnacle of football events is just around the corner and the playoffs are in full swing. Super Bowl LII will take place on February 4, 2018. Kickoff is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.

This guide will show you how to enjoy Super Bowl LII without a cable subscription, either in a web browser or in Kodi. Here’s an overview of places you can legally live stream the game online:

  • USA: NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com, plus any TV streaming apps that include NBC Sports as part of their package
  • Canada: DAZN
  • UK: BBC iPlayer

If you’re not in one of these countries, the stream will be blocked according to your country’s IP address. We’ll show you how to use a VPN to get a new IP address and access the geographically restricted content.

See also: How to get a US IP address.

Our list goes to great effort to provide legitimate, legal sources for watching the Super Bowl. Users should be wary of any sites or Kodi addons that use pirated sources.

Comparitech does not condone or encourage any violation of copyright restrictions, including illegal streaming through Kodi. Kodi can be used for many excellent, legal online streaming purposes. Please consider the law, victims, and risks of piracy before downloading or streaming copyrighted material without permission.

How to watch Super Bowl LII (52) live in a web browser for free

Below we explain where to stream Suepr Bowl LII from the US, UK, and Canada. If you’re not in any of those countries, you will need a VPN with a fast, stable connection. We recommend using IPVanish. In order to access the stream outside of the US with a VPN, you will also need to clear your browser cache and cookies first before you can access the stream. See instructions on how to do this below.

United States

NBC has exclusive rights to broadcast Super Bowl LII in 2018. NBC says fans can stream the game through the NBC Sports App or NBCSports.com. For the 2015 Super Bowl, NBC offered free access without registration, but it’s unclear as of time of writing if that will be the case this year. Viewers might have to provide proof of a cable subscription or subscribe to NBC Live Sports Extra in order to watch. We’ll update this article when we find out more.

Several legitimate online TV streaming services include NBC Sports in their bundles. These include Sling TV, Fubo TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirectTV Now. If you’re in the US and subscribe to any of those services, you should be able to stream the Super Bowl through NBC’s channel so long as it’s included in your package. Many of these services offer free trials, so you can always sign up to watch the game and cancel later.

You will need a US IP address in order to access these services and NBC’s stream. If you’re outside the US, you can get a US IP address by connecting to a VPN.

United Kingdom

The BBC has exclusive rights to stream NBC’s Super Bowl feed in the UK. A free live stream will be available on BBC iPlayer. iPlayer can be watched in a web browser or through a number of apps on multiple devices. To access the Super Bowl stream on any of them, you will need a British IP address.

If you live outside the UK, you can obtain a British IP address by connecting to a VPN. However, BBC iPlayer actively blocks known VPN connections. Check out our list of the best VPNs for BBC iPlayer to find out which ones can bypass the VPN ban. BBC iPlayer asks viewers to have a valid UK TV license before viewing, but there seems to be little means of actually verifying this.

Canada

Last year, online streaming service DAZN acquired exclusive rights to live stream NFL games in Canada. DAZN subscribers must pay $20 per month in order to subscribe to NHL Game Pass and NFL Redzone content. A 30-day free trial is on offer, but you will need a Canadian form of payment to start your subscription.

A Canadian IP address will be necessary in order to access DAZN’s Canadian service. If you live outside of Canada, you can obtain a Canadian IP address by connecting to a VPN. However, DAZN blacklists known VPN servers, so make sure to use a service that can consistently unblock it. ExpressVPN and NordVPN both claim to be able to unblock DAZN and come with our highest recommendation. Sign up, install the VPN software, and select a server in Canada. Once the connection is established, the live stream will be unblocked. If for some reason it doesn’t work, just message your VPN provider’s customer support chat to ask which server to use.

How to watch Super Bowl 52 live in Kodi for free

To watch the Super Bowl on Kodi for free, a number of add-ons stream from official and legal sources. However, most of them are restricted to specific countries. You can obtain an IP address from a given country by connecting to a VPN server located there. Here are some of our top recommendations:

NBC Sports Live ExtraNBC Sports Live Extra Kodi addon

NBC Sports Live streams all of the NBC Sports live streams through various devices. Connect your NBC Sports Live account to the matching Kodi addon to start streaming live NFL games, including the Super Bowl in 2018. A cable subscription or NBC Sports Gold subscription might be necessary. The addon of the same name is available directly from the official Kodi addon repository. A US IP address is necessary to access any streams.

iPlayer WWW

As mentioned above, users with British IP addresses can watch the Super Bowl for free on BBC iPlayer. To stream iPlayer content on Kodi, check out the iPlayer WWW addon. Learn how to install it and get set up with our tutorial on how to watch BBC iPlayer on Kodi outside of the UK.

DAZN

The DAZN Kodi addon allows you to access all your favorite live and on-demand DAZN content from Kodi. Bear in mind that you will need an active DAZN account and, if you’re outside Canada, a VPN that reliably unblocks DAZN like ExpressVPN or NordVPN. Learn how to install the addon and get set up with our tutorial on how to install DAZN for Kodi.

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PlayStation Vue subscribers can access all their live and on-demand streaming content from Kodi using the PS Vue addon and NBC’s channel therein. PS Vue is part of the official Kodi addon repo, so there’s no need for any third party repositories or installers to get it up and running. Just install it and enter your account credentials. PlayStation Vue subscriptions start at about $40 per month, and a free trial is available.

PlayOn BrowserPlayOn browser Kodi addon

The PlayOn Browser Kodi addon recently added support for DirectTV Now subscribers, so you can access all the live and on-demand content from that service through Kodi. DirectTV Now bundles include NBC Sports, which live streams the Super Bowl. Check out our tutorial on how to install and use the PlayOn Kodi addon for more info.

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If you don’t mind watching a replay, the NFL Game Pass Kodi addon is available through the Official Kodi Addon Repository. Just connect to your account using your login information, and you’ll be ready to stream NFL games including this year’s Super Bowl. NFL Game Pass costs $49.99 as of time of writing, and a free trial is available. This is a US-only service, so viewers outside the US will have to use a VPN to unblock it.

Unofficial Kodi addons for Super Bowl live streaming

Some add-ons for Kodi offer “free” streams of NBC and/or some of the other channels that will stream the game. However, these add-ons are blacklisted by the Kodi development team, and therefore we do not recommend or condone their usage. While the Super Bowl and many over-the-air channels are free to watch, rebroadcasting through third-party add-ons might not be legal where you live. The following add-ons, which we do not condone or recommend, may be listed on other sites:

  • UK Turk Playlists
  • cCloud TV
  • Rising Tides
  • SportsDevil
  • Castaway
  • SportsAccess

Always use a VPN with Kodi

When streaming on Kodi, it’s always a good idea to use a VPN. A VPN will encrypt your internet traffic and route it through a server in a location of your choice. This has the effect of masking your online identity so your ISP cannot see your online activity and even enables you to access geographically restricted content. IPVanish is great for privacy, supports all Kodi Add-ons, offers high speeds and has a 60% discount available here. However, some streaming sources may block IPVanish servers, so we’ll make a note if another VPN service is necessary.

Even if the streaming source is official and legal, the add-on itself is probably made by a third party. Some Kodi add-ons can get hijacked by third parties or existing developers who add malicious updates. It’s almost impossible to tell when this happens for users. From there, the hacker may implement a man-in-the-middle attack which allows the hacker to view your data streaming activity, gather your data, and in some cases even gain access to your device. A VPN can help protect you from these bad actors.

Many ISPs are increasingly implementing speed throttling on streaming video. If your ISP throttles your bandwidth during the Superbowl, you could miss the action while the stream buffers. A VPN hides where your data is coming from and going to, making it difficult for the ISP to determine that you’re using video data and reducing the risk that you’ll face speed throttling.

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How to clear your browser cache and cookies

This might be necessary if you want to use a VPN to watch Fox Sports Go or BBC iPlayer in a browser from outside the US or UK.

In Chrome…

  • Go to Chrome’s Settings.

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  • Select Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page.

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  • Under Privacy, select Clear browsing data.

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  • For the option Obliterate the following items from select the beginning of time from the drop down menu. Below that select Cookies and other site and plugin data as well as Cached images and files. Finally select Clear browsing data.

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  • Restart Google Chrome.

In Mozilla Firefox…

  • Select History > Clear Recent History…

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  • Select Everything for the time range and under Details select Cookies and Cache. Finally select Clear Now.

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  • Restart Firefox.

Here’s a more in-depth guide on how to clear cookies in all popular browsers.

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