After a highly unusual season involving various game delays, extra teams in the playoffs and possibly the last time we'll see Drew Brees, the Super Bowl 2021 is here and this is everything you need to know about watching the big game in the UK.
After a year off from making it this far, Tom Brady is back although with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after finally parting way with the Patriots. At the ripe age of 43, Brady - in his record breaking 10th appearance - will take on 25-year-old Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Cheifs.
Mahomes won the Super Bowl last year taking the MPV award, too. If they win Super Bowl 2021, the Chiefs will be the first team to win back-to-back since the 2004/2005 Patriots.
Super Bowl 55 - aka LV in the traditional roman numeral form - is on TV across the globe. You can watch it in various different ways as we'll explain, some of which are free. You can watch on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, PC and other devices easily.
When is the Super Bowl 2021 date?
As usual, the Super Bowl is the first Sunday of February making it 7 February for 2021.
It takes place in at the Raymond James Stadium, Florida meaning the Buccaneers are the first team in history to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
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What time is Super Bowl 2021 kick-off?
The Super Bowl start time is 11:30pm in the UK.
Who is playing the Super Bowl 2021 halftime show?
After hosting both Shakira and Jenifer Lopez last year the Super Bowl 2021 halftime show will be The Weeknd.
How to watch Super Bowl 2021 ads in the UK
As well as the game itself and the halftime show, there's always plenty of hype around the adverts that air during the Super Bowl. They cost millions of dollars even for a short spot so the companies go to town on them.
In the UK, you'll need to watch on the NFL Game Pass to watch the US commercials. See details below.
What TV channel is Super Bowl 2021 on?
In the UK there are various TV and online options for watching the Super Bowl live. We'll start off with the easiest and free option, then take you through the other choices.
On game day, you'll be able to watch the Super Bowl live and for free (if you have a TV licence) in a number of ways as it will be broadcast on BBC One with coverage starting at 11:30pm.
However, you can watch build-up coverage on BBC Two from 11pm with Mark Chapman, Jason Bell, Osi Umenyiora and Mike Carlson.
If you prefer, you can watch the Super Bowl 2021 on Sky. Coverage starts at 10pm, although you can watch NFL Network coverage from 3pm.
The Super Bowl will be shown various channels including Sky Sports NFL, Sky Sports Mix and Sky One.
If you’re a Sky customer with sports channels then you can use Sky Go to watch live coverage of the Super Bowl wherever you are. The Sky Go app is available on various devices.
If you’re not a Sky customer then don’t worry because you can get Sky Sports coverage with Now TV which is also available on a large range of devices or simply a web browser.
You’ll need to buy a 24 hour Sky Sports Day Pass for ￡9.99 on the day of the Super Bowl. However, if you plan to watch more sport over the coming months, Sky has a deal on offering the service for ￡25 per month for four months (usually ￡33.99 per month).
NFL Game Pass
Another option is the use the official NFL streaming service called Game Pass. You can sign up just to watch the Super Bowl 2021 and watch on a range of devices and even cast it to your TV using a Chromecast.
The special Super Bowl price is just ￡7.99 which makes it cheaper than Now TV and includes things like all the US adverts, US broadcast studio panel pre-game and halftime. You get access for 31 days.
If you pay ￡14.99 for the Pro subscription you also get full live access to the 2021 NFL Draft, Free Agency and Combine during the NFL off-season. There are also game replays from previous seasons and more - all available until 31 July.
Watch the Super Bowl from abroad
Services like BBC iPlayer and Sky Go are geo-restricted outside the UK, but that doesn't mean you can't watch the Super Bowl 2021 when you're overseas.
All you need do is download and use a VPN service that will mask your IP address and make it appear to the app that you are in fact in the UK. You can then browse to iPlayer and Sky's services in your web browser and watch whatever you like.