December 22, 2011
Good news, football fans: The NFL has decided to stream both (of) NBC's wildcard playoff games and Super Bowl XLVI! While the games will all be covered nationally on NBC, the online presentations will be hosted simultaneously on both nfl.com and nbc.com. However, the streaming experiences won't really mirror what you'll get on television. Instead, the NFL's strategy is to use the internet to enhance its traditional broadcasts. Says Rick Cordella, VP of NBC Sports Digital Media,
“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.”Computer access to the streams will be totally free, without the need to verify compatible service providers. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for iOS access, as the content will be available exclusively through Verizon's NFL Mobile app, which requires users to be current Verizon customers. Of course, as long as the browser-based feeds doesn't use Flash... Either way, I can't wait to see ol' California Cool eat up the Cheeseheads! Update: Apparently they're streaming the Pro Bowl, too. Yay.
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