How to watch NFL Super Bowl LV live in South Africa

The NFL Super Bowl gets underway at 01:30 on Monday morning South African time and you have a couple of options to check out the live broadcast.

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The 2021 NFL season culminates with the 55th annual Super Bowl at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Florida attracting interest from across the globe and here is how you can watch in South Africa.

How to watch NFL Super Bowl LV in South Africa

There are two ways to get in on the pomp and pageantry of Super Bowl Sunday, for South African viewers.

For DStv Premium, Compact and Compact Plus subscribers, the Super Bowl will be broadcast live on ESPN (DStv 218) and ESPN2 (DStv 219) in the early hours of the morning on Monday, 8 February 2021. The Super Bowl broadcast begins at 23:58 on Sunday 7 February while the game is scheduled to start at 01:30 (SAST).

Alternatively, Super Bowl LV is available from the NFL’s over the top streaming platform. You will need an NFL Game Pass subscription to watch the game and accompanying programming.

NFL Game Pass currently offers two subscription plans, the first is the standard yearly subscription or PRO option charged at $24.99 (Approximately R371). The second option is the NFL Game Pass Super Bowl Pass charged at $14.99 (Approximately R223), this plan grants you access to Game Pass content for 31 days and includes Super Bowl LV LIVE & On-Demand.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Kansas City Chiefs

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TAMPA, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 29: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks to pass in the fourth quarter during their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Framed as a battle between QBs Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes, the 55th Super Bowl will be played behind closed doors but everyone involved will be mindful of the massive audience watching from around the United States and across the world.

Mahomes picked up where he left off last season and has held off on having surgery on an injured toe until after the big game. While Mahomes is both the present and the future of the NFL his opposite number is an icon.

Brady, now 43-years-old, has rolled back the years to lead the Buccaneers to just their second Conference Championship.

Much has been made of the leaders of the offence, but Super Bowls are very often decided by the performance of the defensive units, here it is the Bucs who might hold the edge with their veteran pass-rushers, athletic LBs and big corners. The Chiefs only just held off a fightback the last time they visited Tampa and found themselves overwhelmed by the Bucs aggressive defence.

It has been a season like no other and promises to be a very different Super Bowl Sunday experience as a whole. Even without fans this is an event not to be missed.

The famous Super Bowl Half Time show will feature the Weeknd with producers promising a cinematic experience for viewers at home. 

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