This is the first year where live stream will be a vital screen option for proper Super Bowl viewing.
For the first time in its grand history, last year the Super Bowl offered a live stream option, and it turned out to be almost completely useless.
It didn't offer any extras from the television broadcast, and the stream was delayed about four plays. So, the stream was handy for those who didn't have access to a TV, but there is so much more a stream can offer.
CBS is set to expand on the possibilities of the live stream, and this year it will wildly enhance the viewing experience.
Let's tackle the vitals and then discuss the perks of the stream.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans
When: Sunday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: CBSSports.com
Listen: Sirus XM Radio: 88
Sean Buckley of engadget.com passed along the press release from CBS on the stream, and I have to hand it to CBS: They have obviously given a lot of thought about how to utilize the stream.
The biggest perk of this feed is the option for viewers to select their camera angle. There will be four additional camera angles for viewers to choose from. Of the four, my favorite is the "All-22" angle.
This will provide viewers the ability to watch all of the action on the field. So now, instead of wondering how a player became so wide open, or why a player is not getting the ball, we can check out the "All-22" angle and see what is happening during the course of a play.
This will be especially nice as the live stream offers the ability to pause and rewind the footage.
That is not the only great angle, though. They are also going to offer the "Cable" angle, which will show the game broadcast from the hanging camera behind the play. What a blast this will be, as it offers viewers to see a play unfold much like the quarterbacks do.
The perks of the live stream are not going to be limited to camera angles either. They are going to include the following:
...compelling visualizations of the most talked-about moments across social networks and a curated Twitter stream featuring commentary from CBS personalities and Q&As with CBSSports.com experts. Fans can also be a part of the conversation on Twitter by using the official hashtag #CBSSuperBowl.
This is another great idea because it provides fans with instant access to commentary on the game from multiple sources.
Considering this is the Super Bowl, we also can't forget about the commercials, and CBS hasn't. It will provide fans the ability to play the ads at any time.
After this year, it will never seem adequate to have the Super Bowl playing on just one screen.