Including how to watch and what to expect for the halftime show.

By Caroline Shannon-Karasik
Updated Jan 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
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Whether you're tuning into the 2020 Super Bowl for the actual playing of the football or because you can’t stand to miss the latest incidence of nipplegate, the point is this: You need to know how to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Lucky for you, the details are in this guide, including the teams playing at the Super Bowl and the halftime performances (hint: it includes J. Lo). Plus, um, what channel is the Super Bowl on anyway? Ahead, the details you — and your Super Bowl spread — have been waiting for.

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Who Is Playing in the Super Bowl 2020?

If your interest in the Super Bowl usually only extends to the apps, commercials, and halftime show, FYI, the Kansas City Chiefs will face off against the San Francisco 49ers.

As for the Super Bowl 2020 location, the two teams will go head to head at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. Fun fact: This will be the 11th time that the Miami metropolitan area will host a Super Bowl, giving it the title of the most Super Bowls of any host city, according to NBC Sports.

What Time Is the 2020 Super Bowl?

OK, so you’ve decided on a place to watch the game and even found a cute way to incorporate your favorite team’s colors into your getup without donning full face paint. But what time is the Super Bowl anyway? Kickoff for the Super Bowl is at 6:30 p.m. ET, which means you’ll have plenty of time for pre-game prep (like making that keto-friendly buffalo chicken dip).

How to Stream Super Bowl 2020

You can always pick up the remote and tune in to the game on Fox, but if basic cable isn’t an option for you, then there are still several streaming options available, starting with the Fox Sports app (available on iOS and Android) and Fox Sports website. (Just create a profile and you can watch the game for free on your computer, phone, smart TV, or tablet device.)

Other options for streaming include Hulu with a Live TV subscription (which includes a range of television channels like ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, E!, ESPN, VICE, and HGTV). This might be an easy option if you already have a Hulu subscription, but it does require an upgrade in your month-to-month payment. (Hulu with Live TV is $54.99 per month.)

You can also try streaming the game on YouTube TV ($49.99 a month) ​which includes a long list of channels for access to your favorite shows on a number of different devices, including Apple TV, Roku, PlayStation, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, and Samsung Smart TVs.

Who Is Performing at the Halftime Show?

Sure, some people actually show up for the football game. But let’s be honest: There are just as many people tuning in for the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show.

The good news? This year’s show won’t disappoint. The NFL announced in September that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will perform during the halftime show.

“Ever since I saw Diana Ross fly off into the sky at the Halftime Show, I dreamed of performing at the Super Bowl," Lopez said in a statement. "And now it's made even more special not only because it's the NFL's 100th anniversary, but also because I am performing with a fellow Latina. I can't wait to show what us girls can do on the world's biggest stage."

Shakira agreed: "I'm so honored to be taking on one of the world's biggest stages in the company of a fellow female artist to represent Latinos and Latinas from the U.S. and all over the world — and to top it off, on my birthday!"

And as if that’s not exciting enough, you can also count on seeing Demi Lovato performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the game. Lovato’s Super Bowl performance comes on the heels of her return to the stage at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday. The singer debuted “Anyone,” a song she said in an interview was written as “a cry for help” just a few days before her overdose in 2018.

Lovato joins other powerhouse singers with her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner", including Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, and Alicia Keys.

When Does the Super Bowl End?

Eventually, the Super Bowl fun must come to an end. But determining an actual end time to the game is tough, seeing as how multiple play reviews or overtime could result in longer run time.

But if you use the basic components of the game, then you can count on four 15-minute quarters, which will include delays as a result of flags on plays, injuries, and so forth. Plus, there’s the half-time performance. So, while the actual length of the game can vary, The Verge reported the average Super Bowl game between 2010 and 2016 was 3 hours and 44 minutes.

That means you can plan on heading home around 10:15 p.m. ET.