Let's say you are one of the rare human beings who won't be in front of a television for the Super Bowl. Maybe you'll be at work, or traveling, or your television spontaneously combusts on the day of the game (I wouldn't wish that fate on my enemies). How are you supposed to watch the game?
Streaming, my good friends. Streaming.
If you find yourself away from your television or picking up its burning embers on Super Bowl Sunday, you'll still have a slew of options for watching the game. Let's go through them all.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Mobile: NFL Mobile app
Spread: Denver (-2.5), according to Vegas Insider
Here's what we know thus far about Fox Sports Go, via Todd Spangler of Variety:
The special preview of Fox Sports Go will allow all users to access content from 12 a.m. Eastern on Sunday, Feb. 2, until 3 a.m. Eastern on Monday, Feb. 3. The live stream of Super Bowl XLVIII will be available on iPads in the Fox Sports Go app and on desktops at FoxSportsGo.com. However, because of the NFL’s deal with Verizon Wireless, Fox does not have rights to stream the Super Bowl to smartphones; to watch the game on a phone, fans must to subscribe to the NFL Mobile from Verizon service.
Ordinarily, the Fox Sports Go service is accessible only to subscribers of pay-TV providers. Today, that’s limited to six providers: Comcast, AT&T U-verse, Cablevision Systems, Suddenlink, WideOpenWest and Midcontinent. Fox restricted access to the online video streams of the NFC playoff games this year to those partners.
The best part of Fox's stream is that it will serve as a one-day, free preview of the service to anyone who goes online or downloads the app. Normally, Fox Sports Go is only available to those users who already subscribe to one of the cable providers listed above.
As Spangler notes, streaming users will see a different suite of advertisements than television viewers. So if you want all of the up-to-date Super Bowl ads, you may have to keep an eye on other websites along with Fox's broadcast coverage of the game.
But yes, the halftime show will be made available.
Spangler also notes that Fox will have two streams of the game, one in English and the other in Spanish. It doesn't appear as though Fox's streaming will include any extras beyond a straight reproduction of the television broadcast, though more information in that regard could become available, especially after ESPN's varied broadcasts of the college football BCS Championship Game were critically acclaimed.
If you want to watch the game on your mobile phone, your options are more limited. You'll need to be a Verizon customer and purchase the $5 subscription to the NFL Mobile app to stream the game, according to Dan Graziano of CNET.
So there you have it, folks. If you are going to be away from your television—or you just want to get out of the room with all of the squawking folks who don't know a lick about football and merely want to watch the commercials—you'll have plenty of options to stream the game.