How to watch the Super Bowl in the UK

Justin Timberlake is the star of this year's Super Bowl LII half-time show. Whether you care about the sport or not, it's bound to be a spectacle.

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest events in the American sporting calendar and it takes place this coming Sunday (Sunday Feb 4).

Even if you have little interest in the sporting action, there’s a good reason to tune in: Justin Timberlake will be performing the famous halftime show, which last year was viewed by a staggering 111.5 million people in the US alone.

The culmination of this year’s controversy fuelled NFL season takes place at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota and will culminate in either the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles being crowned this season’s champion. Wondering how you can watch The Super Bowl in the UK? We’ve got all the answers.

When does the Super Bowl 2018 take place?

It’s on Sunday February 4, 2018.

What time does the Super Bowl 2018 start?

Kickoff is at 3:30pm on the West Coast of America which translates as 11:30pm in the UK (GMT).

Will the Super Bowl be shown on TV in the UK?

The Super Bowl will be shown on BBC, with coverage beginning at 23:15pm and running until early Monday morning, usually about 3:30am and also on Sky Sports 1 HD.

What time is the halftime show?

Halftime begins at roughly 00:45am, but this could vary depending on the speed of the first half (and American football naysayers always complain it’s too stoppy-starty). Tune in from 00:35am just to make sure you do not miss a thing.

Will Justin Timberlake be joined by any guests?

This isn’t JTs first time at the Super Bowl. He was involved in the Janet Jackson nipplegate controversy from 2004’s halftime show and rumours have been swirling ever since that Jackson could be a part of this year’s show. Producer Jimmy Lewis seemed to dampen rumours that she might appear, but kept things relatively cryptic. “I wouldn’t bet on it,” says Lewis. “I don’t know if she likes football that much. But you never know when she’s going to stop by.”

How long will Justin Timberlake perform for?

The music act typically play for 15 minutes and usually combine several of their biggest hits for a huge medley. Check out Lady Gaga’s huge performance from 2017 to get a feel for what will happen.

Will the famous Super Bowl commercials be shown on TV?

Unfortunately, the ads do not air in the UK so you won’t be able to see them on TV. Keep an eye on social media though, as they are bound to be uploaded to sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube soon after.

Rumours suggest that we could see a trailer for Cloverfield 3, The Incredibles 2 and the Avengers: Infinity World.

 

Who is going to win the 2018 Superbowl?

It’s likely to be an exciting game. New England have won 2 of the last 3 titles but the Philadelphia Eagles could cause an upset.

What are the basics of the game?

Everyone starts somewhere – check out a few of these instructional videos to get on you ready for the game. And if you still don’t get it, it’s still fun to watch 300 pound blokes crash into each other – you’ll be fine.