Where to watch the 2013 Super Bowl live online

Want to watch the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers duke it out at the 2013 Super Bowl without being in front of the TV, or without relying on a cable TV subscription? Then you’re in luck: Super Bowl XLVII will once again be streamed live online in its entirety. This time around, you’ll even be able to catch the halftime show online. And of course there are plenty of sites that let you watch all those great Super Bowl ads and more.

Check out our ultimate guide to watching Super Bowl XLVII live online and mobile devices below:

  • CBS Sports will live stream the Super Bowl XLVII on its website in its entirety starting at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT). The stream will feature multiple camera angles, DVR functionality, real-time stats and curated tweets. Also notable: This will be the first time ever that a network is going to stream the entire halftime show, including Beyonce’s performance.
  • Verizon mobile and FIOS customers can also catch the action on NFL Mobile, which is available on Android and iOS devices. But beware: An NFL Mobile subscription costs $5 a month.
  • NFL Gamepass streams the Super Bowl to viewers from outside of the U.S.
  • Hulu offers videos of many Super Bowl ads in its Adzone.
  • YouTube has teamed up with Adweek for its Ad Blitz, offering Super Bowl ads, an animated GIF generator and more.
  • Getty Images is going to publish photos of all the Super Bow action as it happens on its Facebook page.
  • Intonow will allow viewers to vote on Super Bowl ads in real time. The Yahoo-owned second screen app, which is available for iOS and Android, also integrates with Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, promising live polls, video extras, exclusive photos, a real-time meme generator, and of course a puppy overload.
  • Ustream proves that there is more than one puppy bowl, after all: The site is streaming Rescue Bowl, featuring adorable shelter dogs, starting Sunday at 2p.m. ET..
  • ConnecTV will offer live chats during the Super Bowl as well as the half-time show featuring talent from a number of CBS affiliates as well as YouTube darling Michael Buckley. The second-screen app is available for iPhones and iPads as well as Windows and OS X PC.
  • GetGlue will offer exclusive stickers for viewers who watch the Super Bowl ads, and it’s partnering with Hulu to bring videos of the ads to its site.

We will add links to additional apps and sites to this list in the coming days.

For more on how to watch sports and other TV programming without paying for cable, check out my ebook Cut the Cord: All You Need to Know to Drop Cable.

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Daily Must Reads, January 16, 2013

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Julie Keck.

1. Judge: News outlets improperly used photos posted to Twitter (Reuters)

2. Facebook announces 'Graph Search,' promises privacy (Forbes)

3. US Postal Service pushes digital envelope (Guardian)

4. Maltreated teen girls more likely to engage in risky online behavior (Mashable)

5. Social bonding is drive behind sport tweeting (memeburn)

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Disney’s Rose Bowl-Winning Ad for “Monsters University”

Boy, would it have been nice if Wisconsin had beaten Stanford in the Rose Bowl yesterday — overachievers with a good sports team are way more annoying than the run-of-the-mill kind. Alas, I have to settle for this highlight: Disney’s sly send-up of the gauzy/clumsy ads each school runs during big-time college sports games.

In case it’s taking you a second or two — the spot is a winking teaser for “Monsters University,” the Pixar/Disney prequel to 2001’s awesome “Monsters, Inc.”

And here it’s worth pointing out that Pixar does a particularly great job with Web promotions for its stuff (see, for instance, its viral-retro campaign for “Toy Story 3″). In this case, the entire Monsters University site is quite clever — note the “edu” suffix.

And we should also note that the Rose Bowl was broadcast on ESPN, which means that either one arm of Disney paid another arm of Disney to promote a movie on super-valuable airtime, or one arm of Disney got free, super-valuable airtime from another arm of Disney. Either way: Powerful arms!


Mitt’s Momentum: Like All Sports Champs Of The Past Year, It’s All About How You Finish

With five straight days (Wednesday-Sunday) of Gallup polls showing Mitt Romney with a 6-to-7 point lead over Barack Obama, and with the Governor getting over the magic number of 50% in the process, one question is being asked in media circles both publicly and privately:

“What the hell is happening?!?”

Even if the lead isn’t 7 points, every poll shows Romney leading comfortably among independents (8.3 point margin average in ten major polls), a segment of the electorate the President won by over 8 points in 2008. That’s an ominous sign.

Another is that Pennsylvania, once considered safely in Democratic hands, is now very much in play as evidenced by Paul Ryan’s visit on Sunday (along with one outlier Susquehanna poll showing a 4-point Romney lead). Blue states such as Michigan and Minnesota are getting too close for comfort for Axelrod and company as well.

We keep hearing that if the President can hang on to Ohio (which is slowly trending to Romney), victory is likely his on November 6th. But if Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes were to flip for the first time since 1988… and Virginia and Florida polls were to hold where they are now in Romney’s favor…we’re looking at a one-term President.

It was only three weeks ago when some in the media had publicly declared the election more over than Eva Longoria’s surrogate career. Current’s Cenk Uygur proclaimed victory for the President on September 27th (pre-debates), unequivocally stating the only way the challenger could win would be by a “major miracle.” A race-changing debate performance by an experienced challenger versus a vulnerable incumbent – not exactly a stretch considering the state of the economy – wasn’t considered a possibility.

Given Uygur’s place on the cable news food chain (think of plankton), the prediction didn’t exactly shake the political establishment. But slightly bigger fish (in terms of audience) were sharing the same thoughts, such as MSNBC’s Martin Bashir and Donny Deutsch, were also sticking their collective forks in Romney. And after the GOP convention, a full month before said debates, Salon Magazine called what happened in Tampa a “bust”, a “debacle”, and one that Romney could not possibly recover from (hyperbole alert!).

Even lifelong Democrat Ben Affleck stated the following on October 2nd: “Romney just had such trouble coming off as just like the kind of person you see at the grocery store. And I truly believe that has cost him the election.”

All of these poignant prognostications beg the question: Is ANYONE in the political bubble paying attention to what’s been happening in sports the past year?

The recipe for success has been abundantly clear in all of the professional leagues:

1) Start slow, fail to find footing (See: Romney campaign until October)
2) Have supporters question leadership of the organization for most of the season (See: Peggy Noonan, Joe Scarborough, Rush Limbaugh, etc.)
3) Experience one game-changing moment (See: First debate)
4) Use momentum to go on the offensive (See: Romney campaign since first debate)
5) Take the lead late (happening now)
6) Win the big prize (remains to be seen)

The St. Louis Cardinals (2011 version), New York Giants, Miami Heat, and the friggin’ Los Angeles Kings (sorry, Jersey Devils fan here) all have followed the same script.

In baseball, the Cards were 10.5 games out in late August before making an impossible run at a Wild Card berth and eventually winning a World Series championship (despite trailing in all three of their playoff series).

Same deal for the Giants: After a lackluster 7-7 start, Tom Coughlin’s crew ran the table to win the NFC East. Four more wins in the postseason later, including a comeback win over the favored Patriots in the Super Bowl, they were improbable champs for the second time in four years.

Like the Cardinals, the Miami Heat also trailed in three playoff series before coming back to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy. Not exactly a lovable underdog (much like Romney), but a gritty run by LeBron and company nonetheless.

And then there’s the L.A. Kings (yes, hockey has worked its way into a Mediaite column). A #8 seed entering the second season after fighting just to qualify for the playoffs, they Zambonied each of their four playoff opponents on their way to their first Stanley Cup…

The Cards, Giants, Heat, and Kings all got hot at the right time.

In a different kind of competition, so is Mitt Romney.

All were once considered more dead than Newsweek.

“It ain’t over till it’s over,” a Yankee catcher once said.

Or in the case of this election, it ain’t over until the debates are over.

Or until the October jobs report is in…

Or until all votes are cast…

Or until…

Oh, you get the idea.

It’s all about how you finish.

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Real Referees Get Standing Ovation From Baltimore Fan In First Game Back

As our long National Football Nightmare ends, and the replacement refs return to their gigs at the Lingerie League, your local Foot Locker, and the Bausch & Lomb Pepper Spray Test Lab, the National Football League’s genuine union referees returned to work for the first time Thursday night. They were greeted with a rousing ovation from the fans in Baltimore, a sight which, as NFL Network’s Rich Eisen pointed out, we’re not likely to see again.

You would think that, as a lifelong Jets fan, I might have a special place in my heart for horrible touchdown calls, but I’m so glad to have the real refs back that I’m not going to be one of those killjoy liberals who point out that, despite the attention this got from everyone from Paul Ryan to President Obama, there are union workers whose absence wouldn’t be readily apparent in an instant replay, or a regular replay, or to Mr. Magoo, but whose importance can only be measured in the 12 years it takes to teach a child, or the tense minutes it takes to pull you from a burning house, or the slenderness of the blue line between order and chaos, or the 3.4 ounces of shampoo you’re allowed to bring on an airplane with you. I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the games. And vote.

Here’s the clip, from NFL Network:

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Scabs Removed: NFL Finally Embraces Sanity, On Verge Of Deal With Real Referees

It wasn’t long ago there were more than a few who thought NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would make a fine President.

He was respected, even feared.

He knew how and when to use his authority.

Pretty good looking guy, too…

The 53-year-old is even married to a former FOX News anchor, Jane Skinner.

Politics are in his DNA: His father, Charles, replaced Robert Kennedy in the Senate following his assassination.

Few would argue that he presides over the most profitable, most revered, most entertaining product America has to offer outside of Apple.

But in what has been a disastrous week that may define his legacy, Goodell and the league have seemingly caved to the public relations disaster resulting from Seattle’s “win” over Green Bay Monday night, courtesy of the worst call in modern history by replacement referees.

Reports out of New York say enough progress in negotiations has been made between the league and the NFL Referees Association that the likelihood of the real officials returning in time to work this week’s games is high. Whether that means as early as this Thursday’s game (Browns-Ravens) remains to be seen.

Usually a negotiated end of a labor dispute is a good thing for both sides and particularly the guy in charge. But given the way the end of this negotiation played out (PR disaster suddenly followed by a willingness for resolution from the side that usually owns all leverage), and the permanent damage the episode has done to Goodell’s once-sterling reputation, the Commissioner is suddenly about as invincible as the Steelers defense.

Still, it seems like only yesterday when Goodell could do no wrong.

When he suspended Michael Vick indefinitely for running a reprehensible dogfighting ring, we cheered. When he levied record fines against the Pats and stripped them of draft picks for Spygate, same reaction. And when the Saints bounty program was revealed, he dealt with it swiftly and without ambiguity (long suspensions for players, coaches and even the general manager) regardless of criticism.

“He don’t play,” Michael Vick once said about Goodell. And with that kind of reputation, perhaps the Commish thought he could bully the real refs into making a deal as well.

But what happened next turned out to be the lowest point for the league since replacement players were used during the ‘87 strike.

From the outset, players quickly began to disrespect the authority of the replacements. Fights were breaking out all over the league, even extending one Monday night into an unwatchable four-hour-plus marathon. Many, particularly on defense, tried and mostly succeeded in getting away with blatant hits and violations.

Problem was, in a world of big screens and HD, the fans at home playing referee were watching all of this unfold before them, much to their disgust.

Know this: Never has the outcome of a regular season game like Monday night’s made the top of the so many cable news cold opens (and during a heated Presidential campaign, no less).

We’ve all seen the end of Packers-Seahawks by now: A mini-Hail Mary from Seattle’s Russell Wilson to M.D. Jennings, er, Golden Tate. One replacement ref calling it another a touchdown, the other an interception…

A replay is conducted, the call impossibly stands, and Seattle coach Pete Carroll celebrates so demonstratively he somehow makes fans outside of the Pacific Northwest loathe him even more.

Twitter blew up. Facebook followed suit. Even the three people left on MySpace were talking about it. Everyone couldn’t believe the call and proceeded to scold the poor replacement refs who were clearly out of their league (pun intended).

They would then direct their anger not at the real refs who were locked out, but at the Commissioner.

One Wisconsin State Senator (Jon Erpenbach – D) even tweeted out Goodell’s New York office number while declaring: “Let’s go to the phones!”

So what was this whole dispute about?

Was Goodell standing his ground for good reason?

Primarily at issue (without boring you with the details) were salaries and pensions. On the pay front, an NFL referee on average makes about $78,000 per year (compared to an MLB umpire, who makes more than 50% more). Remember, this is a league that boasts about $10 BILLION in revenue annually.

In short, the dispute is over a difference of $16 million for referees if all their demands are met, or the cost of five tickets and ten beers at Cowboys Stadium.

Goodell taking a hard stand over such a small amount of money now looks more foolish than the Seahawks new uniforms. It was also the result of underestimating fan backlash if replacement refs actually (a) cost a team a game (check ) and (b) put players at risk by allowing games to get out of control (check).

“President Goodell” once seemed to be a cool idea.

He could have run on his record as the proud quarterback of the NFL’s unprecedented growth, eye-popping profits, celebrated image, and no-nonsense approach to the rule of law.

But with the by the spectacle that accompanied a needless referee lockout, Goodell is now more toxic than Todd Akin.

Welcome back, real zebras.

On behalf of all fans, only now do we truly appreciate the job you do…

[photo via Derick E. Hingle/US Presswire]

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Packers Fan Paul Ryan Implores Return Of NFL Union Refs: ‘It Is Time To Get The Real Refs’

After the Green Bay Packers lost last night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks on a blown last-second call by replacement referees who are filling in for the normal union refs who are currently in the midst of a league-wide lockout, anger directed at the fill-in refs has heightened. GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin native and Packers fan, told a crowd this afternoon that we need to get the union refs back on the field.

Did you guys watch that Packer game last night? I mean, ha. Give me a break. It is time to get the real refs,” Ryan said.

He continued on to draw a parallel between the blown call and President Obama’s handling of the economy: “If you can’t get it right, it’s time to get out. I have think that these refs work part-time for the Obama administration in the budget office. They see the national debt clock staring them in the face, they see a debt crisis and they just ignore and pretend it didn’t even happen. They’re trying to pick the winners and losers and they don’t even do that very well.”

Some on the left perceive this as hypocritical because of Ryan’s support for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker‘s legislative efforts to curb public-sector union collective bargaining, arguing that Ryan suddenly supports a union only when his preferred football team was negatively affected by their absence.

Watch below:

[h/t ThinkProgress]
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