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How to Watch the 2017 Puppy Bowl Online

We understand if you’d rather watch a bunch of puppies playing ”football“ instead of the Super Bowl LI, so we’ve got you covered with the way to live stream the big event

Honestly, the only other thing more important than being glued to your television screen to watch the Falcons face off against the Patriots during Sunday’s Super Bowl LI is being glued to your television screen to watch adorable puppies play football for the Puppy Bowl XIII.

If you’re one of those that prefers watching puppies play fake football to watching men tackle each other on a field, don’t worry. You can watch both because the Puppy Bowl will be airing right before the Super Bowl at 12 p.m. Pacific time (3 p.m. Eastern).

So we have good news and bad news. Because it’s 2017, you can live stream the Puppy Bowl on your handy dandy computer or tablet. Bad news: It’s not totally free.

In order to stream the over-the-top, adorably cute program, you need to have a cable subscription that includes the Animal Planet channel. You can then access the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet Go or the network’s smart device app after signing in with your provider.

The program will also be available to watch on your PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 with a subscription to PlayStation Vue. And although there are differently priced packages, there is an option for a free trial.

If at this point, you’re still unfamiliar with what exactly the Puppy Bowl is, let us break it down for you a bit.

It’s not nearly as difficult as regular American football. You get a field of puppies running around playing with each other and plenty of chew toys. If a puppy drags a chew toy across the goal line, it’s considered a touch down. There are also a few dog-related penalties that can be called during the game like “unnecessary ruffness.” Ha. Yes, the pun is absolutely intended.

If you want to stream the actual Big Game in addition to the Puppy Bowl, you can do just that — check out our guide for how to stream Super Bowl LI for all those details.