Stuck at a wedding, funeral or other event during the biggest football game of the year? If you have a smartphone, tablet, laptop or anything else that connects to the Internet, you can catch the game online – just don’t be caught watching football while you’re supposed to be making a toast or socializing with friends.
Number One Spot: NFL mobile app. You didn’t think the NFL would let you skip the game entirely, did you? All you have to do to catch the game live is download the NFL app. In order to use this app, you will need a NFL pass subscription, and you’ll see all the game’s glory from the comfort of your smartphone, wherever you might be.
Number Two Spot: CBS Sports. Each year, CBS sports offer football fans a live feed of the game. If you have a laptop or any other computer, you can log onto the CBS website and watch the game as it unfolds. CBS is free for anyone to check out.
Other Ways to Catch Game Highlights
If you really can’t watch the whole game, you can still find out what’s happening. Sites like Twitter are perfect for those who aren’t really into football, but don’t want to be left out of the loop completely. You can read various tweets and pretend that you’ve watched the whole thing. The tag to use is #NFL or #Superbowl. You can also just follow any one of your friends who happens to be a Super Bowl fanatic. The other thing that you can do is to check out Facebook.
Even though Facebook and Twitter are nothing alike, many people think that the two networks are the same and updated Facebook as often as Twitter. If you know someone who updates Facebook regularly, it might be worth subscribing to that person’s feed for the evening. Just in case you are wondering, the big game starts at 6pm and feature the Baltimore Ravens versus the San Francisco 49ers. Incidentally, you can use either hashtag (#49ers) or (#ravens) to see what fans are saying if you decide to go the Twitter route. As far as commercial go, well, that’s a different story.
Sorry, Canada: You Lose Out Again
Canadians have it tough. All those great Super Bowl commercials are not shown in Canada. That’s right, we are stuck with out own Canadian content, which is nothing like the Super Bowl content in the U.S. If you do live in Canada, there’s not much you can do to check out the U.S. commercials. If you live in the U.S. and you just want to watch all of those great ads, The Verge is offering a live commercial feed. Sadly, this feed does not work in Canada or outside of the United States.
So, there you have it. Various ways to watch the Super Bowl and view commercials are available, most of them are free, and you can either skip the game and see the ads, watch both, or just keep up with highlights. If you do decide to skip the game, you will probably have most restaurants, theaters, and other places of entertainment largely to yourself this evening. As far as finding nachos and other things go, though, you’re on your own!