Streaming box (and stick, and TV and soundbar) maker Roku and TV network Fox are arguing about things, which means that the Fox Sports streaming app is not currently working on Roku . That can be a real damper for your weekend, because the Super Bowl is in two days and the free stream from Fox is one of the most popular ways to get it.
It is possible ̵
A note about 4K HDR
One of the biggest advantages of streaming the game with the Fox Sports app on a Roku device was 4K HDR support, which currently seems an unlikely scenario. However, if you are determined to look in 4K, you will not remain without options.
There are a few scenarios in which you can still watch in 4K HDR, but keep in mind that this may mean that you are buying new hardware or subscribing to a new service. Here is the shortlist:
- On fuboTV: Interestingly, fuboTV is the only provider that makes the 4K stream available on Fox. The good news is that you can sign up for a free trial if you have never used the service before. There is even an app available for Roku. Damn the man.
- On a Fire TV Cube or Fire TV Stick : You can still use the Fox Sports app to watch the game with a Fire TV Cube or Fire TV Stick, which is the most affordable option if you need something to buy.
- On Apple TV 4K: Similarly, the Fox Sports app for Apple TV also streams the game in 4K, assuming you have the 4K-compatible Apple TV, of course.
If you are not determined to watch the game in 4K and can watch fine in 1080p with the rest of us farmers, don't worry – there are many options for you too.  Use the Roku app of the NFL
Fox may not come to the party, but the NFL itself (the organization that oversees American professional football) still wants all the eyes it on the Super Bowl. The NFL usually streams games independently of broadcasters and will do so for the Super Bowl on its own NFL app. You can find it in the Roku app directory by searching for "NFL". It is even a free download.
A standard TV antenna
All HDTVs sold in the US include a digital tuner, which means you can connect an antenna to receive TV signals locally, just like grandpa used to. You can purchase a digital antenna from almost any electronics or department store, connect it and tune it to your local Fox branch for an old-fashioned broadcast in glorious HD.
A digital TV service
Not everywhere in the country can get a wireless TV signal, even with the best antenna money available. If that is the case, you can still stream the local Fox partner if it is available through a paid live TV service. These options resemble cable, but you do not need any hardware or installation (apart from an internet connection) and there is no contract.
They usually run from $ 30-100 based on which channels you want, but most they offer a free trial period, which you can cancel after the game. Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV and AT&T TV NOW, Sling TV and fuboTV are among the most popular in the US, but be sure to check the information while you sign up – not every local Fox branch is available via streaming services!
Another streaming gadget
The Fox Sports app may not appear on your Roku, but it is still available on other devices. According to the Fox Sports website, the free Super Bowl stream is available on the following platforms:
- Android TV (no 4K support)
- Fire TV (with 4K support)
- Apple TV (with 4K support) support)
- Xbox (any current model – no 4K support)
- Samsung Smart TV & # 39; s (no 4K support, except via fuboTV)
You can also stream on your phone via the Fox Sports app on Android and iOS, which should work with Chromecast and devices using the same standard (including some Roku TV & # 39; s!). However, Chromecast does not always work smoothly with third-party apps and there may be license issues with sports broadcasts. I do not recommend relying on Chromecast compatibility.
A laptop or desktop
The Fox Super Bowl stream will also appear live on the internet at FoxSports.com. If all else fails, you can place your laptop or desktop computer near your TV and simply connect an HDMI cable to view the video and audio from the computer on your TV. It may take a little setup to get the correct resolution, but it should work well enough.
All in all, this should ultimately only be a small wrinkle in your plans and not a catastrophic problem. And hey, even if you can't watch the game in 4K, there are certainly a lot of HD solutions for you. Good luck.