Watch Super Bowl 50 on Apple TV (no matter where you live)

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If you’re a cord cutter like a lot of us, you might be wondering how to get Super Bowl 50 up on your big screen at home without a cable subscription.

Luckily, if you live in the U.S., you’ve got it pretty easy. Even U.K. folks can stream it live (as long as they have a BBC account) on their iPads. If you live outside these two areas, though, you might need a little help.

Here’s how to get Super Bowl 50 on your Apple TV no matter where you live.

CBS Sports

This is the way to go if you're in the US.
This is the way to go if you’re in the US.
Photo: CBS Sports

If you live in the United States, you’ve got it made. Launch the Apple TV App Store and search for CBS Sports. It’s also a featured title in the Apple TV App Store, so you may just see it there when you launch. Sorry we can’t link you up as Apple doesn’t allow it; it’s fairly easy to search, though.

Click to go to the CBS Sports app page, then click on Get it. In just seconds, you’ll be able to click Open and go right to the app.

If you have a third-generation Apple TV, you can also find a CBS Sports channel there, as well, but we don’t know if it will stream the Super Bowl or not. Better to have a back-up plan if you’re going this route.

Congratulations! You’re ready to watch Super Bowl 50 on the big screen come Sunday, February 7, 2016.

United Kingdom

UK residents can access Super Bowl 50 via iPlayer.
UK residents can access Super Bowl 50 via iPlayer.
Photo: BBC

If you’re in the U.K., you should be able to watch the big game on your Apple TV, using BBC’s iPlayer (though you’ll need a BBC account and be in the U.K. itself – the app is geofenced). You can also watch via iPlayer on your iPad or on the web with a Sky Go account. You should then be able to use AirPlay to send your Mac or iPad screen up to the Apple TV and bigger screen in your home. It’s surely a bit of a workaround, but not horrible.

Elsewhere

Use this one with caution.
Use this one with caution.
Photo: Uno Telly

There’s one final way you can stream Super Bowl 50, though it’s only quasi-legal. There’s a service called Uno Telly that will let you spoof your IP on your Apple TV (as well as a ton of other devices) so that you seem to be in the U.S.

Basically, once you sign up for a free week of the Uno Telly service ($5 per month after that, or $8 per month to add a VPN) you can hop into your Settings app on the Apple TV, navigate to Network and Configure DNS, and add the numbers that will allow your Apple TV to represent itself as coming from a country like the U.S., so you can watch via the CBS Sports app as above.

While this may seem like a great deal if you’re somewhere else on the globe, it could be illegal depending on where you’re watching from – use caution when choosing this path.

Via: TidBits

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  • Bink Binkerson

    In the CBS case, you have to have an app-store capable Apple TV, which is probably like 5 percent of the installed base.

  • Jeff Dunhill

    I’m planning on doing the same but using Purevpn which is even better as it is doing the job well for me!

  • Tom

    Or you could put up an antenna and watch it for free.