Live Stream Super Bowl 2013 Broadcast Available On CBS, Verizon and NFL Mobile Apps : In February, Super Bowl XLVII will be the first instance of the biggest game of the year to stream live over the web, via NFL and CBS TV. The game will also be available to stream on Verizon smartphones through the league’s wireless partner’s NFL Mobile app. (If you’re on another wireless carrier, you’re out of luck; Verizon’s got the exclusive.)
It also may signal the beginning of the next stage in the web’s transformation of television. Forget TiVo, iTunes, Hulu and torents. Now even live events aren’t safely confined to the boob tube. And where better to begin than with the biggest television event of the year?
The league’s experimented with live and mobile streaming of regular-season games, but has never before opened up live video of postseason games beyond broadcast TV. CBS, Verizon and NFL will also stream the Saturday wild-card playoff games and the Pro Bowl. The rest of the playoffs are carried by NBC and FOX, who aren’t part of this agreement; their games remain broadcast-only.
The NFL’s other two networks may want to catch up. NBC has been streaming Sunday night football games since 2008, averaging 200,000-300,000 viewers per game, against around 21 million through the telecasts. (Note: 111 million viewers tuned in to last year’s Super Bowl, the most in television history). There’s a huge overlap between the web and broadcast audiences, as viewers bounce back and forth between different screens throughout the house, or use the computer in front of the television to review stats, replays or highlights.