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How To Watch the Puppy Bowl 2023

Team Ruff and Team Fluff go head-to-head this Sunday before the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl LVII starts at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 12, but what’s a sports fan to do in the hours leading up to it? Live with the TV off? Unthinkable.

For dog lovers, we’ve got a suggestion: turn on Animal Planet and enjoy three hours of cute canine tomfoolery. Puppy Bowl XIX airs at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 12, live on Animal Planet and streaming on Discovery Plus and HBO Max.

Don’t miss the Super Bowl this Sunday

The Kansas City Chiefs are facing off against the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. ET. Find out how to watch with our comprehensive Super Bowl guide.

What is the Puppy Bowl?

The Puppy Bowl is a yearly event held to raise awareness about animal adoption. Two large teams—Team Ruff and Team Fluff—of dogs play on a field covered in toys. The team to drag the most toys into either end zone (a.k.a. a “Puppy Touchdown”) wins.

Every athlete is a rescue dog, and the event showcases animal shelters and rescues during its three-hour runtime. If watching those adorable sports stars doesn’t convince you to visit your local shelter, we’re not sure what will.

TV plans that include the Puppy Bowl

Plan Price Channel count Details
DIRECTV ENTERTAINMENT All Included $64.99/mo.* 165+
DISH America’s Top 120 $92.99/mo. 190 View plan
Hulu + Live TV $76.99–$89.99/mo. 85+ View plan
Philo $25.00/mo. 70+ View plan

* w/ 24-mo. agmt. AutoPay and Paperless Bill req’d. Advanced Receiver Service Fee $15/mo. is extra and applies.
Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

For cable subscribers, Puppy Bowl XIX will air on the Animal Planet channel. You’ll find Animal Planet on a lot of common cable TV plans (listed above are only a few examples.) Its channel number will vary by provider: for example, Animal Planet is channel 282 on DIRECTV, 184 on DISH, and 68 on Spectrum.

You can also watch Animal Planet with a live TV streaming service like Hulu + Live TV or fuboTV.

In fact, the cheapest way to get Animal Planet is with a Philo subscription, which is $25.00 per month.

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Watch the Puppy Bowl on Discovery+

Plan Price Video Details
Discovery+ $4.99/mo. 1080p, 4K View plan
Discovery+ (Ad-Free) $6.99/mo. 1080p, 4K View plan

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

If you want to escape cable TV entirely, worry not. You can still enjoy those adorable athletic puppies! The cheapest way to watch the Puppy Bowl is with an ad-supported Discovery+ plan, which will run you $4.99 per month.

You can even watch the Puppy Bowl for free with Discovery+’s seven-day free trial. Just make sure you cancel before the renewal date.

Watch the Puppy Bowl on HBO Max

But let’s say you don’t have a Discovery+ subscription—and you might not, unless you’re a big reality TV fan—how are you supposed to enjoy the Puppy Bowl?

Well, since Discovery recently purchased Warner Bros., Puppy Bowl will also be airing live on HBO Max. This is just a sneak peak of what things will look like a little later in the year, when HBO Max and Discovery+ merge into one gigantic streaming platform.

(Discovery+ will still remain its own thing, but a lot of its content will also be on HBO Max, with no option for customers to only subscribe to HBO Max. It’s a weird move!)

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