The biggest day in U.S. professional sports is finally upon us. All eyes, domestic and international, will be focused on Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as the National Football League presents Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. This year it’s CBS’ turn to show the game, and the network is seeking to win itself the title of having the most-watched television broadcast in history. Around 168 million people watched the game on NBC last year and CBS would love to beat that by exceeding 170 million viewers. It’s entirely possible that Super Bowl 50 breaks the record because of its storylines. Peyton Manning could cement his place as an all-time great by winning and ride out into the sunset while Cam Newton would silence the haters. The real surge in viewers, however, will come during halftime. Coldplay will be joined by Beyoncé and Bruno Mars (and perhaps others) for a lively halftime show to commemorate the Super Bowl’s place in entertainment.
Now I’m sure you already have plans for the game and intend to watch it with friends on a massive television, but streaming is becoming a huge part of the Super Bowl as well. So I’m going to tell you what you’ll need to do to stream Super Bowl 50 on any device.
Last year’s game was streamed by an average of 800,000 people per minute on NBC Sports Live Extra on desktops and tablets. The streaming quality was good and didn’t struggle to hang in for a big wave of viewers, presumably because NBC Sports Live Extra is used for a portfolio that includes Sunday Night Football and the Olympics. CBS doesn’t have quite the same experience; however, I’m willing to bet CBS President & CEO Les Moonves and CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus bolstered infrastructure to welcome anyone who wants to stream Super Bowl 50. It’s ‘go big or go home’ for CBS.
For anyone wanting to stream the game on a device that isn’t a smartphone, CBS will be streaming Super Bowl 50 through the CBS Sports website and apps. This means you can stream the game completely free on computers, Android and iOS tablets, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and Xbox One. CBS won’t be asking for television provider credentials.
But potentially preventing you from watching the Panthers and Broncos go at it in California is Verizon. The carrier has a deal with the NFL to stream all games exclusively to Verizon customers using the NFL Mobile app. While Go90 will also be streaming Super Bowl 50, users of that, too, will need to be Verizon customers.
CBS will be carrying Super Bowl 50 on February 7 at 6:30PM ET, but the pregame show hosted by the network’s NFL Today crew starts at 2:00PM ET. James Brown will lead discussion and analysis between Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalez, Bart Scott, Boomer Esiason, and many other guests before Jim Nantz and Phil Simms take over to call the NFL’s season-ending championship game.
Via: CBS Sports