All the SB XLIX you can handle


Will Russell Wilson deflate Tom Brady’s quest for a fourth ring? Find out Sunday on TV or on the NBC app.

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Will Russell Wilson deflate Tom Brady’s quest for a fourth ring? Find out Sunday on TV or on the NBC app.



A typical NFL game lasts three hours or so.

The Super Bowl with its pre and post-game hype easily runs twice that.

Still can’t get enough?

NBC is offering free live streaming of all things Super Bowl and more this coming Sunday.

It’s 11 hours of NBC content on-line and on tablets, folks, so dress comfortably. The feast starts at 9 a.m., seriously, and runs until 8 p.m.

The coverage will be available online via nbcsports.com or through the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

The app typically asks you to register the user name and password of the cable or satellite provider you use.

It also requires you to subscribe to certain channels to watch some programming, such as the Golf Channel.

For Feb. 1, no sign-in is needed to watch the Super Bowl in all its glory.

You’ll get all the pre-game stuff, the game itself between the ‘Hawks and Patriots, the halftime show and post-game festivities.

It sounds like a win for consumers because you get to watch for free on your computer or tablet, especially if others in your household don’t want to be bothered by the super hubbub on TV.

NBC’s win in this is that a whole new batch of users get exposed to its app and on-the-go programming.

So about that app.

Apple and Android users seem underwhelmed by it, based on the number of comments complaining about crashes, trouble logging in or difficulties in loading sports programming.

It rates out at about two-and-a-half stars based on user reviews. Not exactly a sterling recommendation.

For what it’s worth, I found the app’s menu easy to negotiate. There are plenty of highlight videos and the capability to go back and review entire games if you so choose.

I’ll check out the app Super Bowl Sunday as a complement to viewing the big game on TV, not as a replacement.

Please note the app is available for smart phones but will NOT show the Super Bowl on smart phones due to Verizon’s arrangement with the NFL.

If you decide to go with the app exclusively for the big game, my suggestion is check it out early on Sunday to make sure it will work for you and your tablet or computer.

Give it a trial run to make sure it won’t crash or bug out while you’re watching Beast Mode crush the Pats.

After all, the app may be free and a great deal at twice the price…but it’s not worth missing a minute of the Seahawks’ quest to repeat against those deflated New Englanders!



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