What time does Super Bowl 50 start, and where can you watch the big game?
If you’re a football buff, you’ve likely already had this date circled on your calendar for a long time, but the final game of the NFL season draws in about 115 million fans in the United States, so chances are there are plenty of people checking in for the first time.
Judging by a quick look at Google, that appears to be the case. The phrase “when is Super Bowl 50” is one of the biggest trending terms going into the weekend, showing that there’s a lot of question as to when the game itself starts.
So if you’ve got the Buffalo wing dip and the cold drinks ready, the next step is finding on when Super Bowl 50 is on. The game will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET, with CBS handling the broadcast in the United States. But it’s worth tuning in a bit earlier, as Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem.
Fans will also want to tune in for the halftime show, which features Beyoncé, but there’s no real idea of when that might happen. The first half of a traditional NFL game takes anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes, depending on injuries, play stoppages, and scoring. So if anyone is planning to tune in just to see the halftime show, they won’t be able to skip the football entirely and would be safest to check in at around 7:30 p.m. to see how the half is progressing.
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Viewers outside the United States who want to watch Super Bowl 50 are in luck, as the NFL’s annual championship game is one of the most re-broadcast events in all of sports.
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Here is a full list of international channels that will be showing Super Bowl 50, along with start times for the game across the world (via the International Business Times):
United Kingdom (11:30 p.m.)
France (12:30 a.m.)
beIN Sports 1
Shanghai TV Sports
Fujian TV Sports
Those who want to listen to the game in other language are in luck as well, as the NFL has provided a list of options:
There are also plenty of options to watch Super Bowl 50 online, as CBS is trying to reach the widest audience possible.
“For us, our goal is to expose the game to the largest audience possible for the Super Bowl,” said Jeffrey Gerttula, a senior vice president of CBS Sports Digital, in an interview with the New York Times.
The Times breaks down all the ways to watch Super Bowl 50:
“CBS, the network that is broadcasting this year’s big game, will stream the Super Bowl free through apps on a broader set of devices than in the past. Owners of Roku’s set-top boxes, Apple TV, Google’s Chromecast, Microsoft’s Xbox One and Amazon’s Fire box can download the free CBS Sports or National Football League apps and watch the Super Bowl with no login credentials required, the company said.”
For those who want to know exactly what time Super Bowl 50 is on, they can head over to CBS Sports where there is a live countdown clock to the big game.
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