For the first time the Superbowl will be streamed live online. On top of the stream is free.
It is going to be a real technical challenge to offer online streaming of an event like the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl stream is also not just a little small video feed, it is actually going to be broadcasted in HD. About 111 Million watched the Super Bowl 2011 in the United States alone. It is hard to say how many will tune in this year via the online stream.
The Super Bowl XLVI game will be streamed in hi-definition through a technology called Smooth Streaming, part of Microsoft Silverlight.
When watching a video with Smooth Streaming, the Bit Rate indicator (signal strength meter) on the right end of the control bar will indicate the quality. When the video is playing at optimal definition, the HD icon will appear.
Below find a list of the requirements and availability details of the free Super Bowl 2012 online video stream.
Requirements to watch the Super Bowl Online:
You need the latest version of Microsoft Silverlight in order to access the high quality video presentation. Download the latest version of Silverlight on Microsoft.com.
The Super Bowl video stream is supported on the following browsers:
- 32-bit Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 for Windows (2003, XP SP2 or greater, Vista, and Windows 7)
- 64-bit Internet Explorer 9 for Windows 7 SP1
- Firefox 3.6+ for Windows (2003, XP SP2 or greater, Vista, and Windows 7) and Macintosh (Intel only)
- Safari 4+ for Macintosh (Intel only)
- Chrome 12+ for Windows (2003, XP SP2 or greater, Vista, and Windows 7)
NBC Sports recommends the following hardware configuration for watching the Super Bowl online.
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