NFL fans that won’t be near a TV on Super Bowl Sunday don't need to panic: the most watched game of the year will be streamed live online for the first time ever.
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The football league announced plans on Tuesday to stream the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and NBC’s Wild Card Saturday doubleheader in the U.S. live on the Internet and some Verizon Wireless phones.
“We are pleased to work with our partners NBC and Verizon to bring our fans more ways to watch their favorite sport during their favorite time of the year,” Hans Schroeder, NFL senior vice president of media strategy and development, said in a statement.
The announcement comes just days after NFL owners signed off on a gigantic $27.9 billion TV deal with Fox, CBS (NYSE:CBS) and NBC that is worth 63% more than the current contract. Fox is owned by FOX Business parent News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWSA).
NBC, which Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) took control of earlier this year, is broadcasting Super Bowl XLVI, which is being played in Indianapolis on February 5.
The streaming coverage of the games will include a number of add-on features, including additional camera angles, in-game highlights and live statistics.
The NFL said NBC’s postseason games will be streamed live on NFL.com and NBCSports.com as well as on the NFL Mobile app that is exclusively offered by Verizon Wireless, which is majority owned by Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ).
“By adding multiple camera angles, HD-quality video, DVR controls along with social interactivity, our online streaming represents a compelling, second-screen experience that nicely complements NBC's on-air presentation,” said Rick Cordella, vice president and general manager of NBC Sports Digital Media.