America's biggest sporting event takes place on February 4 and whether you come for the ads or come for the sport, there's no denying the spectacle that is the Superbowl. The timing means that most Aussies will be at work, so if you want to watch grown men throw, kick and tackle each other in pursuit of the Vince Lombardi trophy, we've got all the ways for you to watch the Superbowl live in Australia.
What Is Superbowl LII?
The Superbowl is the National Football League's 'Grand Final', where the two best teams throw, tackle and kick a pointy ball to become the NFL Champions and take out the . This year, the last two teams standing are the Philadelphia Eagles and (not surprisingly) the New England Patriots. The former is running a second-string quarterback after their star went down with an ACL injury and the latter has a quarterback named Tom Brady, who is also known as the GOAT.
The Eagles are huge underdogs, but after the years and years of success that the Patriots have seen, they'll likely have a lot of extra fans on board.
The Superbowl also makes headlines for what happens off the field. The event is an advertiser's wet dream, because with last year's broadcast peaking at nearly 112 million viewers, you can bet your product is going to be seen. Buying a time slot during the Superbowl is notoriously expensive so advertisers and brands tend to go all out with their 30 second and 60 second spots. If you're keen to see them, you can check Lifehacker later today for a full wrap up of all the Superbowl ads.
Whatever your thoughts on American football, the Super Bowl's televised broadcast is not to be missed. This is where the world's biggest brands debut their most extravagant and jaw-dropping commercials. You can also expect to see a ton of movie and TV trailers for the very first time.
As always, we'll be collecting the best ads and trailers as soon as they appear online. Watch them all here!
The Superbowl also has a highly-regarded 'half-time show' - the showcase piece from about four hours of stacked showcase pieces. This year, it's a man out of the woods himself, Justin Timberlake, who has the honour of running the whole damn thing. If you remember far enough back, the last time he was up there he stood next to Janet Jackson before an apparent 'wardrobe malfunction'. They've asked him back, anyway.
When Is Superbowl LII?
This year, the Superbowl is played on Sunday, February 4, 2018. This means it falls right at the start of the day on Monday, February 5 for anyone watching in Australia. But what time does the Superbowl actually start?
Here’s that time in all capital cities:
- Perth, WA: 7:30am
- Darwin, NT: 9am
- Brisbane, QLD: 9:30am
- Adelaide, SA: 10am
- Sydney, NSW: 10:30am
- Canberra, ACT: 10:30am
- Melbourne, VIC: 10:30am
- Hobart, TAS: 10:30am
I guess if you're also playing the game - you could ask "What Time Does "What Time Does The Superbowl Start" Start?" - Deadspin will have you covered for that one.
I guess if you're just tuning in for the half-time show, then the best estimation is that it will drop sometime around 12pm AEDT.
How To Watch Superbowl LII Live, Online, Free In Australia
Channel 7 purchased the rights to broadcast three NFL games a week, out of the possible 16. Fortunately for us, at the pointy end of the season we get access to every single game, including the Superbowl.
Thus, if you have access to free-to-air TV, tune into either Channel 7 or 7Mate from kick-off time and you will be able to see all the action from the playoffs for 'free'. 7HD is Channel 70. 7Mate is Channel 73. If you want to get an exact start time, be sure to refer to the Australian TV Guide from Yahoo. Channel 7 does have a free livestreaming service called 7Plus, which should simulcast the Superbowl (it has done so for all NFL games to this point) and thus, if you're stuck at work and want to watch, this is the perfect way to do so.
However, you won't be able to access 7Plus from outside Australia. If you're travelling or living abroad though, you can still get access to the site. If you're looking for a way to access 7Plus from outside of Australia, you're going to need a VPN. A VPN will provide you with a way to 'trick' the webpage into thinking you're in Australia. We recently listed the best five for Aussies in 2018 and have published a beginner's guide to getting started. The combination of VPN and 7Plus should get you access if you're elsewhere in the world and don't quite know where to look.
Closer to home again, there are more local options. If you have Foxtel, ESPN is the place to watch. The one benefit of the ESPN broadcast is how much better quality it is compared to 7Mate. While 7Mate does broadcast in HD, it has nothing on the visuals from ESPN. Of course, to access this you'll need to sign up for Foxtel, which is a pricey affair.
However, signing up for Foxtel Now will also give you access to ESPN so if you have never signed up for the service before, use this option and make sure you add on the 'Sports' pack to ensure you have access to ESPN and if you don't want to pay the $44 monthly fee, ensure you cancel within a month. Notably, streaming via Foxtel Now doesn't quite achieve the same clarity as an actual Foxtel box.
An easy, reliable way to stream the NFL is to subscribe to the NFL Game Pass, which provides you with every single game of the 256-game regular season, playoffs and the Superbowl. At the start of the year it's typically around the $300 mark, but with only single game of NFL left, it's down at $49. Game Pass is live or on-demand service (that also includes access to NFL Network and NFL RedZone) and works across a variety of devices including Telstra TV, Chromecast, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Apple TV, Fire TV and Android TV. It will also give you access to the archives from the entire year, if you feel like relieving some of the former glory.
As always, if you're looking to take a less official route, Reddit is a great place to start.
You should also keep an eye on Twitter where you'll get a cornucopia of memes, highlights and social commentary!
It should be a cracker.
Fly Eagles Fly!