The 2015 Super Bowl is expected pull in an estimated 120 million TV viewers, easily breaking the record set last year. And with the cheapest seat in the stadium costing $800 (if you could somehow score a ticket), watching from the comfort of home will definitely put you in good company.
But if, like many Americans, you have “cut the cable cord” to save money or are away from your television, you may be asking, “How do I still get my football fix?”
Fear not, football fans. NBC will make the broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX available online and through a mobile app. Here’s how to catch the action:
Using Your Computer to Watch the Superbowl Online
There are all sorts of websites that stream free TV online. We’re going to overlook those for now and head straight to the source: NBC Sports Live Extra Website requires no sign-in and will start streaming as early as noon on Sunday for pre-game coverage. The live stream will also include the halftime show.
Using a Phone or Tablet to Watch the Superbowl Online
If you’re an iOS, Android or Windows 8 tablet user, the NBC Sports Live Extra app will be the best bet for you. Again, no sign-in is required. Plus, Windows tablet users can also access the Live Extra Website via a Web browser.
Watching on a phone is more difficult, but still possible. The NFL Mobile app for Android, iPhone and Windows phones will have a live stream available. However, it’s only for Verizon Wireless customers. And warning: You want to make sure you’re on a Wi-Fi or have a hefty data plan. You’ll be required to sign up for and pay a $5 monthly fee in order to get the game.
Chromecast Access the NBC Sports Live Extra website on a Chromebook, laptop or desktop PC, then use the Chrome extension to send the signal to your TV. Depending on your Internet speed, you might consider setting the video quality at 480p to avoid stuttering and choppy streams.
Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick Windows 8 PC users can set up screen mirroring with Roku’s instructions. When a connection is established with your TV, hit the NBC Sports Live Extra website and the live feed should start streaming.
Apple TV iPad users can use the NBC Sports Live Extra app along with AirPlay to stream the video feed. You could also do it using AirPlay mirroring.
And don’t forget to plug in! Streaming video can quickly suck the battery life out of devices like iPads. And considering those TV ads cost $4.5 million per 30 second spot, you’re going to want to make sure you don’t miss a single one.
There’s an App For That
Thanks to app developers and the NFL tech team, you’ll be able to take in the action even if you’re miles from a television. Just don’t forget the nachos, cold beverages and comfy chairs!