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How to watch the Super Bowl on your Android device

Derek Walter | Feb. 3, 2016
If you want to stream the big game to your Android phone, tablet, TV, or Chromecast, here's what you need to do.

The great national extravaganza known as the Super Bowl is back. 

But just because it’s the most-watched television event of the year doesn’t mean you need to be stuck inside. The Super Bowl has embraced streaming and other online technology like never before, bringing the game to practically any screen you own. 

If you want to stream the big game or live vicariously through those who will be attending, then you’ll want to download an assortment of Android apps the NFL has prepared. With the right digital tools, you can then can focus your energy on all the food, drinks, and maybe leave a little time for the game on Sunday.

How to stream the game

Unfortunately the streaming regulations for the game are like the NFL’s fair catch kick rule: a little odd.

To stream the game from an app, you need to have the official NFL Mobile app. But the catch is you have to be a Verizon customer, since the carrier has a major partnership deal with the NFL.

However, CBS says anyone can watch the game on the CBS Sports website. So you should be able to hop onto the site in Chrome or your preferred browser and watch the action if you don’t have any other options. Then, armed with a Chromecast, you can cast the content of your screen directly to a television.

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The NFL Mobile app is the home for watching the game and getting a ton of video highlights from the 2015 season.

If you’re thinking of streaming with a setup box, you’ll need the CBS app for Xbox One, Roku, or Apple TV. While the CBS Sports app works with Android TV, CBS doesn’t specify it will support streaming for the game with Google’s platform. So you may want to have a backup plan just in case.

Given the large number of, er, “unofficial” streaming sources that will likely to be up and running for the Super Bowl, the Verizon blockade is rather unfortunate. The league should just opt for the most eyeballs, especially given how much of the viewing audience has moved away from traditional television. Plus, the game is on CBS, so all you really need is an antenna.

Grab some extras

There’s more to the Super Bowl than just watching the game. In the run-up to the big show, you’ll find a weeklong party taking place in the San Francisco Bay Area.

If you want a better idea of what’s going on, grab the league’s Road to 50 app. It outlines all of the events going on in and around the city during Super Bowl week. If you’re in the area you can use the app to pin events to an itinerary in case you want to check any of them out.  


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