Super Bowl 4K: how to watch 49ers vs Chiefs in Ultra HD with HDR today

Super Bowl 58 football on Samsung TV
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Super Bowl 2024 4K HDR live stream

NFL viewers will be able to watch the 2024 Super Bowl live stream in 4K HDR this Sunday, with broadcaster CBS set to shoot the season-defining San Francisco 49ers vs Kansas City Chiefs game in 1080p HD, then upscale it to 4K for the TV broadcast.

CBS will supply its 4K HDR feed to selected multichannel video programming distributors and streaming services, the network has said, but at the time of publication these have not been named. The only streaming service we know for sure that will get the 4K feed is CBS's own Paramount Plus. 

However, in order to get the Super Bowl in 4K – and Usher's Halftime show – on Paramount Plus, you'll need to subscribe to the top-tier Paramount+ with Showtime plan. On the plus side, there's a free trial to take advantage of. It's usually good for seven days, but if you sign up with the code "SUPERBOWL", you'll get a whole month for free.

If you don't have cable, another good option to watch Super Bowl 2024 in 4K HDR is the cord-cutting service FuboTV, which carries CBS and has confirmed that viewers will be able to watch Chiefs vs 49ers in 4K, and get a good look at Super Bowl VIP guests Taylor Swift, Prince Harry, Kim Kardashian, Odell Beckham Jr and Shaq.  

FuboTV, Paramount Plus and YouTube TV subscribers can watch the Super Bowl in 4K from abroad by using a VPN. Of course, if you're not too bothered about watching the big game in tip-top quality, then don't miss our section on Super Bowl 2024 free live streams too.

Super Bowl 2024 kickoff time

  • New York, USA: 6.30pm ET
  • San Francisco, USA: 3.30pm PT
  • London, UK: 11.30pm GMT
  • Melbourne, Australia: 10.30am AEDT (Mon)
  • Mexico City, Mexico: 5.30pm CDMX
  • Berlin, Germany: 00.30am CET
  • Singapore: 7.30am SGT (Mon)
  • Delhi, India: 5am IST (Mon)

Super Bowl 2024 preview

Super Bowl 58 is scheduled to kick off at 11.30pm GMT / 6.30pm ET on Sunday, 11th February 2024 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The San Francisco 49ers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the big game, which is a rematch of the 2020 Super Bowl. That one was a classic, though not from a Niners perspective. They were 20-10 up at the start of the fourth quarter and had a hand on the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the first time since 1994, but conceded three late touchdowns and ended up losing 31-20.

It was a victory that marked the birth of the Chiefs dynasty. They've since reached three more Super Bowls (this one included), and won the title again in 2023. They now have the chance to become the first team to repeat as champions since Tom Brady's all-conquering Patriots all the way back in 2005.

Usher will perform the Apple Music-sponsored halftime show, with Ludacris rumoured as a special guest. Reba McEntire will sing the national anthem, Andra Day will perform "Lift Every Voice and Sing", and Post Malone will be on hand with "America the Beautiful".

Read on and we'll show you how get your Super Bowl 4K fix from anywhere in the world. We also have a page on the best Super Bowl TV settings to help max out your picture and sound.

Watch Super Bowl 2024 in 4K Ultra HD

Paramount Plus with Showtimeuse the Paramount Plus 7-day trial to watch for free

Paramount Plus with Showtime is the cheapest place to stream Super Bowl 2024 in 4K HDR, if you don't already have cable. You can even use the Paramount Plus 7-day trial to watch for free.

Live coverage begins nice and early at 2pm ET / 11am PT on Sunday, 11th February.

Paramount Plus with Showtime costs $11.99 per month after the free trial. You can cut the cost over a year by signing up to the annual pass for $119.99. The service brings access to a host of other sports and entertainment from CBS, Paramount and Showtime and in 4K HDR too.

If you're interested in more of a cable replacement service, then FuboTV is another good option. Better still, you can use the FuboTV 7-day trial to test it out.

Fubo TV's Elite package gets you access to both CBS and 4K Ultra HD streams. The package usually costs $89.99 per month, so the 7-day free trial is very welcome indeed. No contract, no commitment. Cancel anytime.

You can find a full list of of 4K-enabled devices for FuboTV here. They include Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku and Xbox hardware as well as laptops, mobiles and other browsers

Outside the US? Use a VPN to access Paramount Plus, Fubo TV or YouTube TV when away from home.

Watch Super Bowl in 4K HDR from abroad with a VPN

You won't be able to watch Paramount Plus with Showtime, Fubo TV or YouTubeTV when traveling outside the US. The streaming service will spot that you're in a foreign country and block you. You can use a VPN (virtual private network) to get around this, though.

It's a magical piece of software that sets your device appear as if it's located the country of your choice (e.g. the USA), allowing you to access the likes of FuboTV from whatever country you happen to be visiting.

We rate ExpressVPN as the best VPN for the Super Bowl in 4K. The 30-day guarantee means you can try it risk-free and see for yourself. Five stars.

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ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee with its VPN service. You can use it to watch the Super Bowl live stream in 4K HDR on your mobile, tablet, laptop, TV, games console and more. There's 24/7 customer support and three months free when you sign-up. Try it – it's easier than you think. 

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Best FREE Super Bowl live streams 2024

Happy to watch in Standard Definition or High Definition? NFL fans all over the world can watch a Super Bowl live stream free:

UK: Free on ITV and ITVX (no 4K HDR)

Australia: Free on 7Mate and 7Plus (no 4K HDR)

Mexico: Free on TV Azteca 7 (no 4K HDR)

Germany: free on ProSieben (no 4K HDR)

Outside your home country? Use a VPN to access any free Super Bowl live stream from anywhere.

Super Bowl FAQs

Is the Super Bowl broadcast in true 4K?

No. CBS will record the game in HD and then 'upscale' the footage to 4K for broadcast. This is because 4K footage requires a lot more bandwidth, and you don't want to risk any issues creeping into a live broadcast. CBS will likely record some footage using 4K cameras, and even some 8K ones, though this will be restricted to extreme close-ups for close calls and panning shots from the skycam, for example.

What devices will let you to watch the Super Bowl in 4K HDR?

To watch the Super Bowl in all its 4K HDR glory, you'll need a pretty fast internet connection (about 18-25Mbps or above), a subscription carrying a 4K HDR stream (like FuboTV) and a 4K-, HDR-capable device on which to watch. These include the Amazon Fire Stick 4K, Apple TV 4K and Roku Express 4K, among others. Make sure your TV is compatible with 4K and HDR as well – most bought in the last few years should be. Head over to our expert guide to all the best TV sets you can buy right now if you fancy a Super Bowl-worthy upgrade.

What format of HDR is the Super Bowl broadcast in?

CBS will record the game in Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), but will then convert it to HDR10, which is a format much more commonly supported by streaming services and smart TVs. To see the benefit, you'll have to make sure your TV supports the correct HDR10 format. If not, you'll still see the game in 4K, but without the benefits of HDR. Here's our pick of the best HDR TVs.

What's the latest Super Bowl news?

14 teams entered the playoffs and 12 have been eliminated, leaving the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers to contest the Vince Lombardi Trophy this weekend.

Both teams touched down in Vegas aat the start of the week, and there were some early gripes.  

As the designated "home" team, the Chiefs have been assigned the Las Vegas Raiders' practice facility in Henderson, leaving the 49ers to tune up at the UNLV (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) Rebels' Fertitta Football Complex.

Kyle Shanahan and the players haven't been happy with the playing surface, complaining that it's softer than a seven-layer dip, though they rowed back on the threat to explore alternative options.

49ers – or Raiders – fans were out in force at Allegiant Stadium on Opening Night, making their presence known by jeering Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce at every opportunity. 

Las Vegas isn't a Chiefs-friendly city, being home to the Raiders, Kansas City's divisional rivals. However, the franchise was relocated to Sin City from Oakland, California, which means there isn't much local love for San Francisco either.

If the atmosphere's anything like Opening Night on Sunday, however, Brock Purdy, newly-crowned Offensive Player of the Year Christian McCaffrey and George Kittle will be over the moon.

Andy Reid, meanwhile, has moved to shut down rumours of his impending retirement, assuring Chiefs fans that no matter what happens in the Super Bowl, Big Red has no plans to hang the moustache up just yet.

And Mahomes has urged his teammates to treat this trip to Vegas like a business trip, offering to bring them all back on his own dime if they win the Super Bowl, thus betraying his age and understanding of the entire concept of a business trip.


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Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.

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