NBC has announced that people in the US will be able to stream this year’s Super Bowl for free. The announcement was a surprising one, as US broadcasters and cable providers are known for their heavy restrictions on streaming content.
As part of this promotion for its TV Everywhere service, NBC will allow anyone to view 11 continuous hours of Super Bowl coverage without a cable subscription and without any logins or accounts.
This offering is not completely devoid of the strict and sometimes hostile restrictions however – while streaming will be available to all Mac and Windows users in the browser, the stream is not accessible on smartphones. The reason being is because of the fact that Verizon has an exclusive deal with the NFL for smartphone streaming rights, preventing NBC from providing its free stream. NBC will be making the show available to iPad and iPod touch users however, through the NBC Sports Live Extra app.