Fox to Stream Super Bowl Online for Free

/ Jan 3, 2014

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The popular prediction is that one day, maybe in the not-too-distant future, all screens will converge, and film and TV and online video will all simply be referred to as “video,” albeit just created and presented in different formats.

It’s hard to argue that the industry, if ever so slowly, is not moving in that direction. Netflix broke down some significant barriers in 2013, saddling up alongside TV stalwarts like HBO and AMC for premium programming supremacy.

And digital video continues to creep its way into the most expensive and popular type of TV programming in the world — live sports. Case in point: For the third year in a row, the Super Bowl, the premier live event in the US, is going to be available for free to watch online. After NBC broke ground with it two years ago, and CBS continued the trend last year, FOX plans to make the entire game available for free digitally via FoxSportsGo.com and the Fox Sports Go iOS app. What’s even more interesting: Users will not be required to have a cable subscription to watch the game, as is the case with most TV Everywhere options.

This is a departure from Fox’s plans for the other NFL postseason games it covers, which will only be available online for authenticated pay-TV subscribers. In comparison, CBS, which will cover three AFC playoff games, will stream all three for free on CBSSports.com.

Super Bowl XLVIII will take place on Sunday, February 2, from Met Life Stadium in New Jersey. Fox’s live stream will include Bruno Mars’ halftime performance.

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