If Super Bowl ticket holders want a closer view of the action during the game, they'll have to turn their eyes to a screen bigger than their phones. According to a report in Ars Technica, streaming video from the NFL.com and Fox Sports will be blocked inside the stadium during the game.
Fans will still have four huge screens (two at each end of the field) and more than 2,200 HDTV sets around MetLife Stadium to catch instant replays and the like. Last year the league blocked those same official game streams after running into congestion on the local networks, NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle told Ars Technica. "This year we planned ahead to do it." The league will provide a free Wi-Fi network during the game, with about 900 access points around the stadium.
Fans at home will still be able to stream the game on PCs and tablets through Fox Sports. Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and the NFL have an exclusive agreement regarding streaming NFL games to mobile phones.
- Ars Technica had this report
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