Quick on the heels of Apple TV gaining the National Football League’s Game Pass feature for viewing live and on demand coverage of preseason games, CBS Sports has announced huge news for live sports on Cupertino’s set top box. Not only will two NFL regular season and four playoff games be available on Apple TV, iPad, and other devices, but Super Bowl 50 will join the growing crowd.
The first regular season NFL On CBS game to be streamed will feature the New York Jets against the Miami Dolphins, as we’ve known for quite some time. That game will broadcast from London, United Kingdom on Oct. 4 at 9:30 a.m. EST. Additionally, the Nov. 26 Carolina-Dallas matchup at 4:30 p.m. EST will mark the first Thanksgiving Day game CBS Sports will stream.
The biggest news, though, and the largest coup for live sports on streaming television, is Super Bowl 50, which will take place on Feb. 7, 2016 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The championship match, as with all of the other games being streamed, will be available on laptops, desktops, tablets, and connected devices including Apple TV, Xbox One, Chromecast, and Roku. No authentication will be required, so you’ll be able to catch the gridiron even without a cable subscription.
Jeffrey Gerttula, senior vide president and general manager of CBS Sports Digital, expressed the network’s excitement about offering the streaming coverage.
All NFL fans will have access through their computers, tablets and now Connected TVs to two regular season games for the first time in addition to all of the AFC playoff action, culminating with a truly historic Super Bowl.
What I’m wondering, though, and what CBS doesn’t mention in their announcement, is whether the special commercials made for the Super Bowl will stream along with the game. I don’t really follow football, and only ever watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, so this is important to me and, I’m sure, quite a few of you.