The Super Bowl is fun to watch for some, but if you’re not pumped about the New England Patriots or the Los Angeles Rams, you may be more interested in the big game’s fluffier versions also happening on Sunday: The Puppy Bowl and the Kitten Bowl.
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The best part about these delightful broadcasts is you don’t need a cable subscription to watch. Below, we’ve explained how you can stream both of them online for free, but if you do want to check in on the Super Bowl from time to time, like maybe to see those crazy-expensive ads, go here for information about how to watch that online.
This is ZDNet’s guide to streaming all the furbeast Bowls.
When is the Puppy Bowl?
The Puppy Bowl XV starts Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at 3pm ET. It’s slated to be a two-hour event.
This year’s Puppy Bowl has a starting lineup that includes 39 puppies, with Team Ruff going up against Team Fluff. In total, 93 little floofs will compete from 51 shelters across the US, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico. Like past years, all the puppies featured are adoptable. If you’re looking to adopt, Animal Planet has recommended using Petfinder.
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How to stream the Puppy Bowl online
You need a cable subscription that includes Animal Planet to watch the Puppy Bowl the traditional route. However, there are skinny streaming packages available that offer a cable-like experience for less. Many even have free trials, so you can sign up on Sunday, watch the Bowl in real time, and then cancel the subscription before you get charged.
Here are some popular services that offer free trials along with access to Animal Planet.
The Live a Little plan offers the live Animal Planet channel. It costs $40 a month. We recommend taking advantage of the free 7-day trial. In our experience, signing up from the website is easiest. You can cancel your trial at any time.
The DirecTV Now app is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung TV, and Roku. You can also Chromecast it to your TV using the iOS or Android app, or from a PC or Mac, if you visit DirecTVNow.com using the Chrome browser.
Hulu + Live TV
If you already have Hulu, you really should check out the service’s live TV option. You can sign up for a 7-day free trial, and if you choose to stick with it, a subscription goes for $39.99 a month. It offers over 50 channels, including Animal Planet.
The Hulu app is available on many devices, such as a Samsung TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, and even the Nintendo Switch. You can also Chromecast it to your TV using the Hulu app for iOS or Android, or from a PC or Mac via Chrome.
Sony PlayStation Vue
The $50 Core plan and the $45 Access plan both have live Animal Planet. Again, we recommend taking advantage fo the free trial, which lasts five days in this case. You can cancel your trial at any time — even if it’s the day after the Bowls.
The Vue app is available on PS4, as well as Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV, and other popular streaming media devices. It supports Chromecast, too, so you can cast to your TV using the Vue app for iPhone or Android. You can also cast from a PC or Mac, if you visit vue.playstation.com using Google’s browser.
When is the Kitten Bowl?
The Kitten Bowl IV starts Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at 2pm ET. It will re-air at 5pm ET.
It’ll feature rescued critters from all across the country. And they’ll be competing for the “National Championship of Feline Football” trophy. If you’re looking to adopt one, check out the North Shore Animal League of America’s website.
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How to stream the Kitten Bowl online
If you don’t have a cable subscription that includes the Hallmark Channel, you can still watch the Kitten Bowl online. With one of the streaming services below, you can sign up for a free trial and watch the Bowl live on either a smart TV, streaming media device, mobile phone, or desktop. You can cancel at any time or keep your subscription, no strings attached.
Not only does it offer Animal Planet, but the Live a Little plan includes the Hallmark Channel, too, for just $40 a month. Be sure to take advantage of the service’s free 7-day trial, and check out above for more details about which devices support DirecTV Now and whether you can Chromecast it to your TV from a mobile app or from DirecTVNow.com via Chrome.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu’s live TV option also comes with the Hallmark Channel for $39.99 a month. Join using the 7-day free trial, and then you can access the service directly from the existing Hulu app on your streaming media device, smart TV, or mobile phone. You can also Chromecast Hulu Live to your TV using the Hulu app for iOS or Android, or from a PC or Mac.
How To Earn Microsoft Reward Points While Playing Your Xbox Series X|S
If you have an Xbox Series X or S, that means you already have a Microsoft account, and, presumably, you’ve linked the account to your console. If you haven’t, you’ll need to sign into the Microsoft account you want to use for earning rewards, so that when you play games and make purchases, the points go toward that particular email address. You can check out the points you’ve already earned, as well as various ways to earn more points, by heading over to the Microsoft Rewards user portal on the Bing website. You can also use the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox.
If you want to grow your points by playing Xbox games, you’ll need to sign up for the Xbox Game Pass subscription, which provides customers with a large library of games they can play, as well as some other perks. Points are earned by completing quests in games that are available in the Game Pass library. Microsoft says you can view these quests in the Rewards app under the Xbox Games Pass section. If you haven’t yet downloaded the app, you can get a snapshot look at how the rewards process works on the Xbox Games Pass Quests web page.
According to Microsoft, it adds new quests to this section of the Rewards app on a daily basis. Keep in mind that you’ll need to manually head over to that part of the app when you finish a quest in order to redeem the points. Once those points have been applied to your account, however, you’ll be able to redeem them for rewards within the same app.
The 1993 Aston Martin Concept Car Perfect For Any James Bond Villain
Cream leather, chrome, white dials, and a thin-rimmed steering wheel tell the story of an Art Deco cabin modernized for the mid-1990s. The dashboard, pedals, and wheel featured extensive nickel plating, says David Dowsey, while the dashboard was made from a single piece of laminated beech wood.
According to a Discovery documentary about Lagonda — and in what must have felt thoroughly futuristic at the time — the concept featured an integrated satellite navigation system and built-in laptop computers for rear passengers (or Bond villains) to work on. A final flourish saw the car’s steering wheel move out of the way when the driver’s door was opened.
Although it would surely have been toned down for a production version, the concept’s retro interior details are reminiscent of the Jaguar S-Type that arrived in 1999. At the time, both Jaguar and Aston Martin (as well as Land Rover, Lincoln, and Volvo) were part of the Ford-owned Premier Automotive Group.
Netflix And GM Have Teamed-Up For A New Super Bowl 2023 Ad Featuring Will Ferrell
According to a press release from General Motors, the auto giant teamed up with Netflix during past championship games to show off its then-brand-new Ultium EV platform. This year, the ads feature former “Saturday Night Live” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” star Will Ferrell driving around a new GMC Sierra EV in the Netflix original “Army of the Dead.” An ad also features Will Ferrell in the back of a Chevy Blazer EV in the “Squid Game” universe.
Netflix says that it’s already committed to putting as many EVs in its original programming as it can. As such, a Chevy Bolt will be present in an upcoming season of “Love is Blind,” a Bolt EUV will appear in “The Brothers Sun,” a GMC Hummer will star in “Queer Eye,” and Rob Lowe will drive around a Cadillac Lyriq in “Unstable.”
Blatant product placement can be hit or miss, especially when it comes to a huge financial decision like a car. However, stuffing shows full of EVs with the help of GM is certainly one way to get people talking about electric cars.
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