Rarely is watching the Super Bowl a solitary experience — usually, you and your buddies are crammed into someone's living room, huddled around the snack table and shouting at the TV with every play.
So, if the party gets a little too hectic, you might need some apps to help you refocus on the game. These apps will enhance your Super Bowl viewing experience, helping you keep up with the action and providing a distraction during the ridiculously long halftime show (you know, if Katy Perry isn't your thing).
Stream it with NBC Sports Live Extra
If you want to stream the game, you'll need to get NBC Sports Live Extra (free; iPhone and iPad), the official streaming service of NBC Sports.
However, this isn't an option for cord-cutters: you'll need to sign in to the app via your cable, satellite, or broadband provider. Most of the major and other regional providers are supported, so you shouldn't run into issues — as long as you don't wait until kickoff to start scrambling to find your username and password. Do yourself a favor and make sure everything is ready to go beforehand.
Impress your friends with the official Super Bowl program
The NFL has again put the official Super Bowl Program ($2; iPad) in the App Store. It's $2, but that's still several dollars less than what those attending the game will pay for the published version. Plus, this one is filled with multimedia features, like digital player cards, videos, and an interactive seating chart. It's a great buy, and it's tied to your iTunes account, so it's always yours for when you switch devices in the future.
Another neat addition is the ability to check out programs from past Super Bowls. For $1 a piece, you can grab one of several editions going back to Super Bowl XXXIX. The app also connects you to the NFL's online merchandise store, which will probably tempt you if you're a Patriots or Seahawks fan and your team wins the game.
Need a distraction? Play some football on your own
Madden NFL Mobile (free; iPhone and iPad) is perfect if you're in the mood for more football, but you want direct control over the outcome. You can sync up the game's status, set your preferences, and earn additional goodies (you'll need them with all those in-app upgrades) if you connect to the app via Facebook.
The gameplay is pretty smooth — a virtual joystick handles the main control, you tap specific players to start playing as that player, and then hit the other buttons to perform skill moves. There's an option for calling up the play diagram before it starts so you can know who to throw the ball toward. Overall, it's a sized-down version of the popular console franchise that should serve you well if you want a break from the TV.
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