Kickoff time for Super Bowl 50 is just hours away and many NFL fans are wondering how to watch the Broncos vs Panthers game on their iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device.
Whether you are at work or on-the-go during game time on Sunday, you can watch the entire game from kickoff to the post-game show on your mobile phone with the official — and free — NFL app.
Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to watch the game on their smartphone or tablet. Although CBS is live streaming the entire game online, including the halftime show and this year’s best Super Bowl commercials, only select viewers will be able to view the Broncos vs. Panthers matchup on their mobile device.
According to Ad Week, the NFL has once again partnered with Verizon as their exclusive mobile provider and will be live-streaming Super Bowl 50 for all go90 customers. That means you have to use the NFL app or go90 app to view the game. Of course, go90 is available to non-Verizon customers, but unfortunately the SB50 live stream is only available to paying customers.
Fortunately, there are some options for watching the big game if you are a Sprint, T-Mobile, Boost, AT&T or another mobile provider.
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Watch the Super Bowl on your local CBS TV channel or fire up your laptop and watch the game via a free live stream on the CBSSports.com live player. Nice perk: you don’t need a cable subscription to watch the game online.
Other options? If you have an Xbox, Roku, Chromecast or Apple TV, download the free CBS Sports app and catch all the game day action, including the pre and post-game shows. Just make sure you’re using Wi-Fi. If you try to use a cellular data connection it won’t work unless you’re a Verizon customer.
No TV or computer? Head to a sports bar or any restaurant that has a TV (TGI Friday’s comes to mind) and watch the game with complete strangers or bring your friends.
Not into the bar scene or short on cash? Offering free food and beer for a few hours on your pal’s couch watching the Super Bowl is totally possible. Score a great deal on pizza, grab a six pack, and find out which one of your friends has the biggest TV.
There’s another option if you’re desperate to watch the big game, have a little money to spend, but can’t afford Super Bowl 50 tickets or plane fare to California. Consider buying a Slingbox for about $230.
The gadget “slings” TV programming from one place to another without the need for cables and wires. Sort of. You will need a cable login to get access and according to Wired, you can accomplish that by “making some friends or cozying up to your parents” to see if they’ll give you their coveted login and password info.
The Slingbox is available at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, select Target stores, Fry’s, and a long list of online and brick-and-mortar retailers. There’s a $70 off promo going on right now for the Slingbox 500 ($229 at Best Buy with free in-store pickup) or you can get the Slingbox M2 for $599 and score a Samsung Tab for free.
If figuring out how to watch the Broncos vs. Panthers game turns out to be a big fail, you can always listen on the radio the old fashioned way. Tune in to Sirius XM Channel 88 or Westwood One radio and keep up with the commentary on the official SuperBowl 50 and NFL Twitter accounts.
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