How To Watch Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI and When the Halftime Show Starts

Super Bowl LVI airs on Sunday in what is sure to be one of the year’s most-watched television events.

The Los Angeles Rams will take on the Cincinnati Bengals in the Rams’ backyard of the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The football isn’t the only thing people will be tuning in for, as this year’s halftime show features five legendary hip hop performers, combining for one epic set.

A 2019 deal between two American broadcasters means this year’s Super Bowl is not being aired on the network that was originally supposed to show it. To avoid confusion and make sure you’re in the right place at the right time, here’s everything you need to know to watch the 2022 Super Bowl with ease.

What network does Super Bowl LVI air on?

This year NBC has secured the rights to show the Super Bowl.

In 2019 they made a deal with CBS to have a one-time swap so that the Super Bowl wouldn’t clash with their coverage of the other major sporting event happening at the same time—the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

As part of the deal between the two broadcasters, CBS got to host a year earlier than originally planned, hosting last year’s Super Bowl LV from Florida. The next three tournaments will be hosted by Fox, then CBS, then Fox again.

What time does Super Bowl 56 start?

Held on the West coast, the 2022 Super Bowl officially gets underway at the SoFi Stadium at 3:30 p.m. PT. That means East Coast viewers will see the action get underway at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Generally Super Bowl games have lasted around three and a half hours, which means the action could come to an end around 7:00 p.m. PT and 10:00 p.m. ET.

When does the halftime show start?

This goes without saying but the Super Bowl halftime show starts shortly after the first half (second quarter) of football ends. If you’re just interested in watching the halftime show and none of the sports, then it’s a good bet to tune in at around 90 minutes into the game, about 5:00 p.m. PT and 8:00 p.m. ET. The performances generally last between 20-30 minutes.

The halftime show has become an outstanding spectacle in its own right in recent years and 2022 looks set to be just as gripping.

This year Dr. Dre has assembled a legendary group of hip hop artists to join him on stage for the performance. Dre will perform alongside Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg at the 2022 Super Bowl. For the first time, ASL rappers will also perform alongside the main act. Deaf rappers Sean Forbes and Warren Snipe will be joining the aforementioned five musicians during the halftime show.

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The 2022 Super Bowl, Super Bowl 56, will air on NBC from 6:30 p.m. ET and 3:30 p.m. PT.
Ronald Martinez / Rob Carr/Getty Images

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