The hype machine is now in full swing for tonight’s Super Bowl 48, that will see the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos face off against each other at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. However, when it comes to people outside of the US being able to watch the Super Bowl live, things can get a bit tricky, so I will be showing you some of the various ways in which you can access a live stream to watch tonight’s game.
The main, and simplest method is to use a decent VPN service which will enable you to have access to a US server, so you can simply go to one of the official sites in the US that will be streaming the event like NFL.com or NBCSports.com. The two best VPN services that I have used in the past that you can choose from are CactusVPN or Private Internet Access (PIA). Both of these services are highly regarded, offer monthly or annual signups and are very cheap, yet easy to use. The other benefit of course to being able to have access to a VPN service is that you will no longer have to put up with geographic restricted sites like the BBC iPlayer in the UK or Hulu in the US as well as downloading torrents securely without your ISP monitoring you. Another plus is that a VPN will also allow you to connect to the BBC for their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi as well as the Live Opening Ceremony. If you are interested, I have reviews and speed tests for both these VPN’s which you can read here:
For those in the UK, things are easier as BBC 2 will be streaming the live event for free starting from 22:30hrs GMT. This stream will also be available to TV Catchup (best quality I have found so far) viewers on the Channel 4 channel. If you are not in the UK or US and want to have access to Channel 4’s coverage of the big game, then using either of the VPN’s mentioned above will give you easy access.
UStream will be another place that will attract many people outside of the US as there will be quality streams available there without the need for a VPN. MyP2P also has decent links available offering decent quality streams for Super Bowl 48, although you may want to have a decent ad-blocking add-on for some streaming sites as you may get some annoying pop-up and ad-blocking tools will deal with them easily. If you don’t have any ad-blocking add-ons like AdBlock Plus installed for your browser, then you can get it for Firefox and Chrome freely and easily.
I will be adding to the list of available sites in which you can watch tonight’s game as we get closer to the big game. If you have any tips for decent sites (official or otherwise) leave a comment below and I will take a look at it and add to the rest.