February 01, 2013

Super Bowl Fans Counting Down the Hours Until the Game of the Year


Whether you are a Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers fan (or just like to eat ridiculously unhealthy food and drink even more caloric and alcoholic beverages like myself) the Super Bowl is almost here. As people are putting the final touches on their food and drink menus as well as scrambling to find some last minute team decorations for their homes, where is the most likely place they will be watching the game from? While your gut that is sure to expand after this weekend may be telling you “the couch,”  the actual truth may be surprising.

According to a recent report from Yahoo News, plain football and football food fans alike will be taking to their computers this year to watch the game online via CBS. Live streaming via the Internet has become incredibly popular within recent years, as people can be doing more than one thing (i.e. traveling to a not-to-miss annual Sunday dinner while still catching highlights from the 49ers embarrassing the heck out of the Ravens).

In fact in 2010, live streaming jumped nearly 600 percent, so within these past three years, the amount of streaming users has truly become astronomical. CBS’s live streaming of the game kicks off (pun intended) at 6 p.m. EDT, which will help you to get all amped by the actual start of the game at 6:30.

But if you have a job like me in which you spend 40 hours each and every week with your eyes glued to a computer, you may want to avoid this product like the plague on your downtime. So as an alternative to catch the game, those incredibly expensive and sometimes hilarious commercials or even Jay Z’s baby momma’s half time show performance, consider watching the plays via your smartphone or tablet. The only downside of this is you must be a Verizon customer to leverage the Verizon NFL mobile app. An alternative to this is checking out CBS’s video streams on the iPad and iPhone directly through the Web.

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If you could care less about these overgrown, 200+ plus pound men tackling each other for a pigs skin but want to see what everyone else thinks about the event so you have something to discuss with your colleagues on Monday morning, you might want to check out Livefyre’s newly unveiled Super Bowl NewsHub. You can access it via any device no matter if it is iOS or Android, as well as view tweets and posts from players and commentators. You can even chat live with other fans in real-time and review the most popular tweets, commercials and Instagram photos encapsulating the Web moment to moment.

Although the Super Bowl brings out excitement in all of us for different reasons, everyone can appreciate having a choice in when and where they want to view the action from.




Edited by Allison Boccamazzo



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