How to watch Super Bowl XLIX on any device
The New England Patriots are set to take on the Seattle Seahawks on February 1. Here's how you can watch it live from home or on the go.
Tom Brady will look to capture his fourth Super Bowl ring when the New England Patriots take on the defensively strong Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. The big game will take place at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ on February 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET, with NBC's pregame show set to begin at 12 p.m. ET.
Here are the different ways that you can watch Super Bowl XLIX:
There's a very good chance you pay a company like Time Warner Cable or Comcast to provide you with cable TV access. If that's the case, which it is for most Americans, simply tune in to your local NBC station at 6:30 p.m. ET to watch the game live. For those of you who have adopted the cord-cutting lifestyle and aren't interested in watching the game at a friend's house or a bar, NBC can be accessed over-the-air with a digital antenna, such as the AmazonBasics HDTV Antenna or the Mohu Curve.
Computer and tablet
NBC will be live streaming the game and for the first time ever the halftime show (featuring Katy Perry and special guest Lenny Kravitz) on its website and mobile app for desktop and tablet users. Access to the network's Sports Live Extra streams usually requires users log in to a participating cable or satellite TV provider, however NBC has waived the requirement and will be offering access to watch Super Bowl XLIX for free.
The live stream will kick off with NBC's pregame coverage at 12 p.m. ET. Viewers will also be able to catch a new episode of NBC's drama "The Blacklist" following post-game coverage of the game at approximately 10 p.m. ET.
The NFL will be offering some coverage on its NFL Now app, however Verizon holds exclusive rights to stream the game on smartphones. The NFL Mobile app is available for iOS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone and Android smartphones. The free version of the app includes basic scores and highlights, while Verizon customers can pay $5 for a premium subscription to watch the big game.
Another solution for watching the game on the go is to use a Slingbox. The streaming media device connects to your TV and gives you the ability to remotely control and watch programs on your computer, smartphone or tablet. This option doesn't come cheap, though. The Slingbox 350 is available for $180 and the more expensive Slingbox 500 retails for $299. On top of that, the company charges $14.99 for the smartphone app and another $14.99 if you want the tablet app.