NBCUniversal will be offering a free livestream starting at 12 pm ET on Sunday — featuring pregame programming, the actual game, the Katy Perry-led halftime show, and the latest episode of "The Blacklist" thrown in as a bonus. NBC was the first broadcaster to stream the big game free online in 2012, and CBS and Fox followed suit in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
NBC's stream will work for computer and tablet users — although tablet users will have to install the NBC Sports Live Extra app. But NBC doesn't have the rights to stream to smartphones. Only Verizon subscribers will have that option, provided through the NFL Mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.
Online viewers tuning into NBC's stream won't be treated to the exact same advertising experience as their broadcast viewers — the live-stream will include ads sold specifically for digital, Variety reported. But there will be plenty of ways to watch ads online, from Youtube's Adblitz to Hulu's Adzone.
Unfortunately, users outside the United States who aren't savvy enough to use a virtual private network or proxy to make it appear as though they are within the United States will be stuck paying $54.99 to watch the game via the NFL Game Pass.
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