Streaming the Super Bowl for free!
Posted 28 January 2015 12:00 AM by CLE Rinker
Are you ready for some football? The Super Bowl can be on your screen this year even if you don’t have access to a paid TV subscription.
NBC has announced it will provide a live stream of the Super Bowl, pre- and post-game shows and the half-time show with Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz for free. Pre-game programming starts at noon on Sunday, so that is around 11 hours of programming available via stream. As a bonus, NBC will let viewers see The Blacklist, following the Super Bowl. The TV crime show is one of NBC’s most popular.
These are amazing options for everyone who might want to watch the Super Bowl in a non-traditional location or for cord cutters who were in danger of just seeing the clips and watching the commercials on YouTube.
That said, streamers will not see the famous Super Bowl commercials as the TV broadcast. However, NBC has created a page on Tumblr to show off the high-priced ads moments after they have appeared on Broadcast TV.
This is a calculated move on the part of NBC. Their generosity also exposes thousands of people to TV Everywhere – the program that permits TV watchers to stream content as long as they have a subscription with a pay TV provider.
So as Seattle and New England suit up on Sunday, many Americans will be taking the opportunity to fire up the laptop and watch the most popular event on national television.