49ers and Chiefs

No cable subscription needed to watch Super Bowl LIV in 4K: SF 49ers vs. KC Chiefs

Super Bowl LIV on Fox airs on Sunday, and if you want to watch it live on your device but no cable or satellite, don’t worry. You still have a variety of options for watching the most viewed event on TV.

The Super Bowl garnered nearly 100 million people tuning in to the 2019 edition. This 2020 game features San Francisco 49ers from Miami taking on the Kansas City Chiefs.

The big football showdown on Fox starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

However, if you don’t have a cable or satellite for some reason, there are other ways to view it as well.

How to watch 2020 Super Bowl LIV for free

Fox Sports is live streaming the game for free across a wide variety of platforms, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and streaming devices. You can watch on mobile devices using the Fox Sports or Fox Now and Fox Deportes apps, as well as Yahoo Sports and NFL Mobile apps. If you want to watch on your computer, you can go to NFL.com to stream the game.

Miami Super Bowl team

You may also want to stream the game on TV with the Fox Sports and Fox Now apps via streaming players, such as Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Usually, you need the TV provider authentication to watch, but Fox says this will not be necessary on Sunday.

To watch the game on Fox Sports apps, you need to register and create a profile beforehand.

Stream the Super Bowl by subscribing to free trials

Cable alternative services will offer the game and have free trial offers for new subscribers. These include Hulu with Live TV, Fubo, and YouTube TV. You could sign up on Sunday morning, get the programming, and watch the game. Come Monday, you then cancel. Sling is another alternative service as it offers Fox programming, but in only 17 markets, so see your local listings.

An almost-free alternative to watch Super Bowl

If you are in an urban environment, buy a powerful antenna with built-in tuners to boost the signal. You can buy one around $30, which is far more potent than the rabbit ears of yesteryear.

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With an antenna, plug it into the electrical outlet, connect the device to your TV with digital tuners, and ask the set to begin scanning for channels.

Apps for watching the Chiefs and 49ers

If you want additional behind the scenes footage, you can see it at the Fox Now and Fox Sports smart TV apps. You can also go to the Chiefs and 49s apps to watch the Super Bowl game.

Super Bowl 2020 in 4K Ultra HDR

For more pixels, better contrast, and improved color, you can watch the Super Bowl in 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) and High Dynamic Range (HDR). Fox says that this is the first Super Bowl available in the highest resolution ever. Most cable and satellite sports broadcast usually come in high definition only. The broadcast is produced in 1080p but “up-converted” for more top quality and higher resolution.

The 4K resolution is offered in pay-TV services, including Verizon FIOS, Optimum, Altice, Comcast Xfinity X1, Dish Network, and DirecTV. It is essential to check the site of your system for compatibility as you may need specific equipment to get 4K.

You will need a 4K TV with HDR10 support, a compatible HDMI cable, and broadband with at least 25Mbps.

Fox is also broadcasting the kickoff show and pregame show at 1-2 p.m ET and 2-6 p.m. ET, respectively, in 4K too.

Apple redesigned Maps

Apple unveils revamped map app with privacy at its core

Apple hopes the newly improved version of its app will woo users away from their rivals, such as Google Maps and Waze.

The tech giant redesigned Maps app has arrived.

The company said US users can now use its revamped app and Europe users will have access in the coming months as well. Apple Maps’ redesign offers faster and more accurate navigation and provides users comprehensive views of roads, buildings, parks and more. Apple outfitted hundreds of planes and cars with custom sensors and lidar, covering over 4 million miles.

Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue said in a press release that they set out to make the best and most private maps app in the world that’s reflective of the way people explore the planet today. He noted that they rebuilt the map from the ground to reimagine how Maps enhances the life of a person with privacy at its core.

In Miami, real-time transit will be made available along with the new Maps apps, in time for the upcoming Super Bowl.

Tensions between Tech Giants

In September 2012, Apple released its homegrown mapping program together with its iOS 6 mobile software. Google Maps was previously preloaded on Apple devices, but tensions between the two giants in technology led apple to make its software. Unfortunately for Apple, its Maps did not really work. Several iOS users immediately reported problems with everything from simply searching for an address to navigation.

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Apple apologized for the issues, fired its head of software and started its work to improve its mapping app.

Since then, Apple has continually rolled out updates and new features to its Maps, such as a flyover feature to provide 3D views of certain cities, real-time transit information, indoor maps for airports and malls, and flight status updates. The revamped version of Apple Maps started rolling out in 2018, giving more detailed information and more accurate navigation. The revamped version started in Northern California and expanded to the East Coast and eventually to other areas.

Apple unveiled the more-detailed Maps app at its developer conference in June and revealed that it would be available to US users by the end of 2019 and to other countries by 2020.

Apple maps new updates

Released in September, the iOS 13 brought many other new features, including the Look Around feature that is very useful for users who want to explore major cities. It gives interactive, street-level imagery of areas like New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the San Francisco Bay Area, Houston, and Oahu. It is quite similar to Google Street View.

Users can build shareable lists of favorite locations to visit in a city. Apple also added capabilities that make it easier for users to navigate to places they frequently visit, such as work and home.

Apple assured the users that it is focused on keeping personal information safe. Users don’t need to sign in to use Maps and the Maps is not connected to the user’s Apple ID in any way. Maps can suggest a departure time to make your appointment and other similar things using on-device intelligence.  Maps’ collected data such as search terms, navigation routing and traffic information are associated with random identifiers, which continually reset to offer the best possible experience and to improve Maps.

Apple utilizes a “fuzzing” process to obscure the user’s location on Apple servers when searching for a place. Maps converts the exact location where the search originated to a less precise one after 24 hours and doesn’t retain the history of where a user has been or what has been searched.