If you don’t have cable or satellite, don’t worry about missing the Super Bowl. NBC will stream the game for free on its web sites (NBCSports.com, NBC.com) and the NBC Sports app.
In fact, the network has announced it will offer 11 hours of Super Bowl coverage for free next Sunday starting at noon (ET) with analysis and interviews and then culminating with the big game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. (Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET).
The post-game coverage will begin at approximately 10 p.m. ET, which will be followed by an episode of the network’s tearjerking drama, This Is Us.
All viewers, regardless of whether they subscribe to a pay TV service, will have free access to the 11 hours of streaming coverage, and the This Is Us episode.
“Not only is Super Bowl Sunday the biggest day in television, but it’s also become one of the most-streamed days of the year,” says Rick Cordella, executive vice president and general manager for digital media with the NBC Sports Group. “As a result, we’re excited to take the opportunity to provide special one-day-only access to consumers, many of whom will be introduced to NBC Universal’s and NBC Sports Group’s best-in-class streaming environment for the first time.”
Of course, fans planning to watch the game online should take note that past streams of the Super Bowl, and other big events, have often encountered technical snafus, largely due to the huge number of people streaming at the same time.
NBC says the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as Amazon Fire products, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Win10, and the XBox.
— Phillip Swann