Today at 6:30 PM ET, millions of sports fans and folks otherwise interested in social gatherings and commercials will tune in to Fox to watch the Seattle Seahawks' top rated defense try and stop Peyton Manning and the offensive-minded Denver Broncos.
If you find yourself on the go, or without access to a TV, there's no need to despair. Indeed, you'll actually be able to watch Super Bowl 48 (or Super Bowl XLVIII if you're into Roman Numerals) online for free via the Fox Sports Go app or online via Fox's website.
While the mobile streaming service from Fox is typically an extra add-on -- and only in select markets at that -- Fox is making a Super Bowl exception for the big game. Be aware, though, that streaming the Super Bowl will only be possible from an iPad or from a standalone PC. In other words, if all you have handy is an iPhone or other smartphone, you're out of luck.
With respect to the streaming feed, viewers will be able to enjoy the exact same content as those watching at home on the big screen. That means that you'll be able to watch the same commercials as you would otherwise see on TV.
WIthout question, streaming an event as popular as the Super Bowl can invite a whole host of problems. To that end, Fox Sports SVP of mobile and advanced platforms Clark Pierce recently said that they're not focused on overall viewership, but instead focused on how many "concurrent users" will be watching the game and ensuring that quality remains top notch.
Fox Sports Go will use adaptive bit rate techniques to deliver Super Bowl streams up to HD quality. It’s set up to deliver ABR video streaming profiles of up to 3 Mbps and as low as 100 kbps to PCs, and a range of 110 kbps to 4 Mbps via the iPad app.
Now as to why iPhone users are being left out of the mix, it's because Verizon already has an exclusive deal in place to broadcast the Super Bowl to smartphone users.