Fox Sports today announced it will offer a live, non-authenticated (no pay TV subscription required) stream of the 2017 Super Bowl, which will be played Sunday, February 5th in Houston’s NRG Stadium.
The online broadcast will be available on the Fox Sports Go app using iOS, Android, Windows, and Amazon tablets or though Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and XBox One. (No PlayStation evidently.)
And for the first time, the live Super Bowl stream will include local advertisements with more than 170 Fox affiliates participating. The stream will also include the often-entertaining national spots that the Super Bowl has become famous for.
The last several Super Bowls have been streamed live by the networks so this is not a particularly stunning announcement. But the addition of local ads shows that the networks are looking for more ways to generate revenue from such online events.
Of course, while online viewers will be happy to hear the game will be available on their mobiles and connected TVs, there’s no guarantee the live stream will provide a fully satisfactory experience. Both the 2015 and 2016 Super Bowl stream experienced a number of technical issues for many viewers, ranging from app log-in problems to picture buffering and freezing.
In addition, the live stream of the game will likely be on a delay, perhaps as much as a minute.
— Phillip Swann