Super Bowl LII will be available online via a number of different broadcasters in the UK
Super Bowl LII will see the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
The match – the 52nd in the history of the sport – will be held in the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Super Bowl LII will be opened by country music star Carrie Underwood with her slightly-cliché sport-themed hit, The Champion.
Justin Timberlake is also booked to perform the halftime show – his third – while Pink is confirmed to sing the American national anthem before kickoff.
Those hoping to watch Super Bowl LII can do so a number of ways in the UK.
BBC One will have live coverage of the match, with Mark Chapman and co. broadcasting live from Minneapolis from 11.15pm.
The show is available on terrestrial television on channels: BT TV 1, TalkTalk 1, Freeview 1, Sky 101, Virgin TV 101, YouView 1 and Freeview 101.
BBC will also offer its live sport coverage online via iPlayer.
It’s worth noting that you’ll need a valid TV Licence if you watch or record live programmes as it is a criminal offence in the UK to watch “live” television without a TV licence.
You’ll also need a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer. This applies to any device you use.
The video on-demand service started to roll-out mandatory usernames and passwords last year.
The broadcaster has previously denied that its plans to introduce mandatory iPlayer accounts was designed to crackdown on licence fee evaders.
Hi Ivan, although you will need to sign up for an account to use BBC iPlayer, you can turn off personalisation here: https://t.co/635pPqYvA6
— BBC iPlayer (@BBCiPlayer) June 18, 2017
However, the BBC did admit that email addresses registered to an account on iPlayer could be used to identify people who use the online catch-up service without paying.
It clarified, “the information you provide us with can help TV Licensing ensure that people are abiding by the law and minimise licence fee evasion”.
The introduction of an obligatory login, which was first revealed in 2016, is designed to make the BBC “more personal and relevant to you”, according to MyBBC launch director Andrew Scott.
Using a login for BBC services allows the online streaming service to tailor its recommendations to you, based on your previous viewing choices.
BBC iPlayer is also available on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, BT Vision, Chromecast, EE TV, FreeSat, Freeview, NOW TV, Nvidia Shield, Roku, Sky HD, Sky Q, Talk Talk TV, Virgin Media and YouView.
Sky Sports Action (Virgin 517, Sky HD 473, Sky 407, TalkTalk 417) will have coverage of the biggest game in the NFL calendar from 10pm.
Sky Sports Main Event (Virgin 511, Sky HD 435, TalkTalk 402, BT TV 402) also has coverage of Super Bowl LII from 11pm.
Those who are tempted to look for a free stream of Super Bowl LII online should drop the idea.
Last year, the High Court ordered a British man to pay thousands for illegally streaming Sky Sports online.
Mr Yusuf Mohammed, of Bristol, was ordered to pay legal costs of more than £16,000.
Mohammed has also been ordered to disclose details about the money he made streaming Sky Sports content – as well as anyone he colluded with.
Those who stream Sky Sports online could face hefty fines
The Bristol man will have to pay damages to Sky.
FACT, which works to protect intellectual property in physical media and online, has praised the ruling from the High Court.
CEO Kieron Sharp said: “This is the latest action taken in the ongoing crackdown on illegal digital piracy.
“It should now be crystal clear to anyone thinking of pirating or watching a pirated stream that this is not a grey area and that it is illegal.”
Later that year, another Sky customer paid £5,000 after his account was linked to an illegal stream on Facebook.
The feverishly-anticipated fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko back in April 2017 was available exclusively on Sky Sports Box Office for £19.95.
The stream, which was viewed by some 4,250 people at its peak, was traced back to the Sky account holder, Craig Foster, of Scarborough.
Foster says he received a number of letters from Foot Anstey LLP, a law firm representing Sky, following the stream.
One of these letters claimed Foster could face fines of up to £85,000 if the case went to court, according to the Mirror.
Neil Parkes, Partner at Foot Anstey LLP, told The Independent: “Mr Foster broke the law and illegally shared copyright protected content with thousands of people online.
“He has since acknowledged his wrongdoing, apologised for his actions and signed a legally binding agreement in which he agrees to pay a sum of £5,000 to Sky.”
Craig Foster says one of his friends live streamed the fight using an iPad, which was already logged into his Facebook account.
He has agreed to pay £5,000 in legal costs to Sky.
The news comes as Express.co.uk revealed thousands of tutorials teaching Kodi Box owners to pirate live content from the likes of Sky Sports, BT Sport, and more, were available on YouTube.
YouTube is filled with tutorials revealing how to stream Sky Sports and other paid-for channels free
Searching YouTube for videos about streaming Sky Sports on the Kodi platform returns more than 150,000 videos.
Many of these boast thousands of views, but the most-viewed have 500,000 hits under their belt.
For those unaware, Kodi is a neutral, open-source media player which can be installed on a broad range of devices – from discount set-top boxes powered by Android, to well-known branded devices, like Amazon Fire TV Sticks.
Apps – known as add-ons – built by the passionate community of third-party developers allow users to stream premium content, like paid-for sports and movie channels for free.
So-called Kodi Boxes are devices, manufactured by a number of different brands, with all the requisite third-party software to stream paid-for content for free preinstalled on the set-top box.
YouTube respects the rights of copyright holders and has invested heavily in copyright and content management tools to give rights holders control of their content
Streaming paid-for content for free without the permission of the rightsholder is illegal.
And that’s exactly what scores of these YouTube tutorials are teaching Kodi novices to do.
Videos entitled “How To Watch Live Sports On Kodi 2017” and “How To Watch All Sky Sports & Bt Sports Channels On Kodi For Free – 100% Working” have thousands of views.
A spokesperson for YouTube told Express.co.uk, “We take protecting creativity online seriously and we’re doing more to battle copyright infringement than ever.
“YouTube respects the rights of copyright holders and has invested heavily in copyright and content management tools to give rights holders control of their content.
“When a copyright holder notifies us of a video that infringes their copyright, we remove the content promptly, and terminate the accounts of users with multiple copyright strikes.
“In addition, we offer tools such as YouTube’s Content ID system that gives rights holders an automated way to identify, block, promote and even make money from their content.”
Because of the sheer amount of content uploaded to YouTube every hour, the video hosting site often relies on the online community to flag content as inappropriate.