When will the 2023 Super Bowl be broadcast in Canada?
The 57th Super Bowl, the NFL's modern-era championship game, will be played on Sunday, February 12, 2023. The AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs will take on the NFC's best, the Philadelphia Eagles, in the Super Bowl. The Eagles will be considered the "home" team for the game at Arizona's State Farm Stadium because the Eagles are the NFC's representative in even-numbered years.
In Canada, you can catch the game on the CTV broadcast network and its streaming platforms (along with NTV, the primary private TV station serving Newfoundland and Labrador). which is only marginally connected to CTV at this point); the TSN and RDS cable sports channels and their respective streaming apps; the TSN and DAZN streaming services
As of this writing, TSN is offering a free preview of its coverage of the game, which will include a data-enhanced feed from CTV/TSN. This offer is likely to be extended to this year's game (but not to future games). However, subscriptions are necessary for the other streaming services.
Fox will also be airing their coverage of the game, and both CTV and TSN will be airing Fox's broadcast. However, if you are watching Fox via a Canadian cable or satellite provider, you will not be able to see American commercials. Neither the Fox nor the Fox Sports streaming apps are available in Canada, and neither the Fox Tubi service nor the Fox website will be allowed to broadcast the game.
Exactly what time does the Super Bowl start in Canada?
The scheduled start time of the game is 6:30 PM, which is consistent with previous years. m The majority of Ontario and Quebec are in the Eastern Standard Time zone.
How this translates to other time zones:
- 3:30 p m British Columbia is in the Pacific Time Zone, which is the time zone used by the rest of the United States.
- 4:30 p m Arizona's Mountain Time (also the time zone of the Yukon [as of late 2020], Alberta, the vast majority of Nunavut, some of the Northwest Territories, and some outlying areas of eastern B.C.) C and Lloydminster, Saskatchewan's closest city to Alberta)
- 5:30 p m Manitoba, most of Saskatchewan, northwest Ontario, and a small section of Nunavut are all in Central Time.
- 7:30 p m Atlantic Time (which includes all of Atlantic Canada except for southwestern Labrador)
- 8:00 p m Island of Newfoundland and a small portion of southern Labrador observe Newfoundland Time.
About 6:00 p. m., the game will begin on television. m ET / 3:00 p m PT with introductions by Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen on Fox, and pregame festivities like the coin toss and the U.S. S the national anthem
Main pregame coverage on Fox will start at 1:00 p. m ET / 10:00 a m PT, but there's really no reason to start watching so early.
The halftime show, which will feature Barbadian singer Rhianna this year, will begin approximately five to ten minutes after the end of the second quarter, or between 8:00 and 8:30 p. m ET Usually, the half-time show at the Super Bowl lasts about 20 minutes.
Assuming a 9:30 p.m. start time, the earliest the game could end is 9:45. m It's likely that the broadcast will go on for at least another 20 minutes after the game ends at 1:00 a.m. ET due to postgame ceremonies such as the presentation of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. A look at the Fox schedule reveals that their postgame show doesn't air until 10:30! m ET, though this time could be moved up or down depending on the actual conclusion of the game.
If you were to spell "Superbowl" for me, what would you spell it as?
The "Super Bowl" moniker consists of two words. Bowl games are held at the end of the college football season, with the first and longest-running being the Rose Bowl Game played at the namesake bowl-shaped stadium in Pasadena, California. Since then, other games such as the Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl have followed suit, and the term "bowl" has been used to describe a wide variety of other events.
Thus, "Super Bowl LVII" and "Super Bowl 57" are incorrect, though we acknowledge that this is how many people type it and feel the need to mention it here. You've heard of search engine optimization, right? )
Of course, you might also find the day of the "Big Game" to be a good time to study examples of superb owls, depending on your particular areas of interest.
Can I watch the Super Bowl online in Canada?
In general, yes, but with some restrictions
Typically, if you want to watch the Super Bowl on one of the media outlets that the NFL has granted streaming rights to, you'll need a paid subscription to do so. This could be a cable or similar TV service that includes at least one of CTV, TSN, or RDS. or a subscription to a paid OTT service like TSN Now, RDS Now, DAZN, etc. However, as we'll discuss, the 2023 edition might be an outlier.
While CTV (and NTV) provide free over-the-air broadcasts in a number of Canadian cities, only subscribers of participating TV providers are permitted access to live streaming of CTV's linear channels (and NTV's free online stream typically only includes local Newfoundland and Labrador programming). To rephrase, there is no legitimate way to access free CTV streaming content unless you pay for a subscription to a cable, satellite, or fiber-based TV service.
The following authorized streaming options are available to you if you do not have a TV service subscription (all prices are in Canadian dollars and prior to applicable sales taxes):
- TSN, a new direct-to-consumer service run by TSN that debuted in the beginning of 2023 and is apparently meant to be their equivalent of the American ESPN service, will provide a "data-enhanced" feed of the regular game broadcast with additional graphics. Start watching for free on Tuesday, February 5 if you provide an email address (which isn't verified until you finish watching).
- The Sports Network's $19 per month OTT streaming service, TSN (formerly TSN Direct), is equivalent to the network's cable TV offering. $199 per month (or per week) If billed annually, the cost is . TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, or TSN5 are all broadcasting the game live. (The day pass option, which had been available in previous years, will no longer be available after 2022. )
- TSN's French-speaking sibling network, Le Réseau des Sports (RDS), offers a similar service under the name RDS (formerly RDS Direct). You can only watch the game in French, but the prices are the same as TSN's direct-to-consumer service.
- The Canadian rights to the National Football League's (NFL) online streaming package, NFL Game Pass, which includes live and archived access to all NFL games, including the Super Bowl, are held by DAZN, an international sports streaming service owned by Access Industries. The shortest subscription period costs only $24. Price: .99/month or $199.99/year In addition, 99) is also accessible.
Because the NFL sold the Canadian broadcasting rights to Bell Media (the parent company of CTV, TSN, and RDS) and DAZN, international broadcasters like Fox cannot stream the game in Canada. As it stands, Canadians cannot access the Fox or Fox Sports apps, and we doubt that they would be able to watch the game online through the Canadian versions of the networks' main sites.
It's not lost on us that there may be unofficial ways to watch the game online as well We make no guarantees about their accuracy, so please understand that any reliance on them is at your own risk.
Can I watch the Super Bowl for free in Canada any other way?
If you have a digital TV and an antenna, you can get CTV (and NTV) for free over the air in many Canadian cities. Over-the-air stations that are available in your area can be found on RabbitEars.info (the Canadian markets begin at 901 on this list).
It's possible, depending on where you are, to even get a U.S. Fox affiliate if you try hard enough. S You'd need to be either extremely close to a U.S. market (like Windsor, Ontario, which is right across the border from Detroit) or have a more powerful antenna that can pick up a signal from a bit further away (like Toronto, Ontario, which is about 200 miles away). A small percentage of people in Toronto may be able to receive Buffalo-based stations' broadcast signals.
Does Canada have access to American Super Bowl commercials?
High-budget, creative advertisements are a staple of the Super Bowl, and have become synonymous with the event in the United States. However, Canadians seeking these advertisements will typically have to look elsewhere on the web.
Fox stations that are available through cable and satellite providers in most of the country actually show the CTV feed, complete with CTV commercials, to viewers who tune in to those stations. This is because of a rule called simultaneous substitution (or "simsub," for short) enforced by the CRTC, Canada's telecommunications regulator. (This is sometimes confused with "simulcasting," which is a slightly different concept, but we won't get into that here.)
Though some advertisers have purchased airtime on both the Fox and CTV broadcasts, the vast majority of commercials will be unique to each network's coverage.
Guess what? You're right; the CRTC has banned simsubs for the Super Bowl in 2017, 2018, and 2019. However, the ban was overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada in late 2019 after a legal challenge by CTV's parent company Bell Canada. The majority of the court found that the CRTC had overstepped its authority by imposing the ban. Even if the opposite were true, the "new NAFTA" trade agreement that takes effect in July 2020 includes a provision instructing the CRTC to lift this ban.
Since the 2020 game, simsubs have been used for the Super Bowl once again, and the CRTC is unlikely to try anything similar again soon unless it involves ending the simsub policy entirely (which would cause other complications for the Canadian TV industry).
Avoiding the simsub policy can be done in two ways:
- You can watch all of Fox's commercials during the game if you are able to receive the network's broadcast signal via an antenna, as described above. Since direct airwave broadcast signals cannot have simsubs applied to them, this is the case.
- Because of their small size (less than 2,000 subscribers), or because the network requesting the simsub does not broadcast over-the-air in the area, some cable companies are not required to apply simsubs at all. Although a minority of Canadians fall into these categories, they do have the option of receiving the full Fox signal (commercials and all) through their cable provider.
The good news is that these commercials can be viewed by people all over the world thanks to a variety of online platforms. While there are usually a few places that collect these ads, the most reliable in our view is YouTube's AdBlitz channel, though you may also want to check resources like the USA Today Ad Meter website, and in past years even the NFL's own website has provided a section devoted to the Super Bowl ads
Although CTV is responsible for requesting that simsubs be applied to Fox affiliate signals, the actual implementation of the simsubs is handled by Fox. Each TV provider (like Rogers, Shaw, Bell, Telus, Vidéotron, and Cogeco) is responsible for this step on their own.
Get in touch with your cable company if the simsub doesn't cut off at the right time or if you are accidentally shown a different show.
Consider filing a complaint with the CRTC regarding the simsub if the provider does not resolve the issue quickly. Note that (in our opinion) filing complaints solely about missing the American ads is pointless, as the commission is aware that this is an irritant for Canadian viewers and tried to change the rule for 2017 only to have it overruled by the courts.
What's on TV after the game?
Next Level Chef, a Fox cooking reality competition series hosted by Gordon Ramsay, premiered in 2022 and will be broadcast on both CTV and Fox after the game and award presentations. CTV will be able to keep simulcasting Fox until after 11 p.m. m Time Zone: EDT
Sometimes the Canadian and American networks have diverged shortly after the game ended because the Canadian network didn't have the rights to the lead-out program scheduled by the American network. There is no danger of CTV abandoning its post-Super Bowl coverage, as it has done in previous years, the moment the Vince Lombardi Trophy was presented to the winning team.
Watching TSN, you can expect to see most of the postgame coverage from Fox before moving on to TSN's own SportsCentre postgame coverage, hosted by Jay Onrait.
Whenever a new Super Bowl is announced, this article is updated and republished.
- Super Bowl LVII edition, updated and reissued on February 7, 2023
- First published on February 11, 2022, in anticipation of Super Bowl LVI
To restate, Where Can I Watch is not associated with any TV station or event promoter in any way. Contact CTV, your TV provider, the NFL, or the CRTC if you have any issues with the Canadian broadcast of the Super Bowl. We regret that beyond providing you with these contact details, we are unable to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about the coverage.
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