NFL Mobile App on the iPad: stats, but no streaming.
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I'm a big fan of my iPad, but not for everything. Case in point: This year was highly touted as the year that the Super Bowl would be streaming for free via dedicated apps and NBC's Web site. It sounded promising: I love two-screening it for big sports events. So, I gave it a whirl.
The experiment lasted about a minute.
The streaming site, accessible via NBC's page using the Safari browser, came in pixelated and choppy. Worse, it was a full minute behind the live broadcast. I didn't shift over to the NFL livestream, but I didn't want to or need to. The game and its compelling ads were unfolding on my TV via an over-the-air antenna, in perfect HD, and my hunching over an iPad was hardly the social thing to do.
My issue with small-screen viewing of a big-screen event goes deeper than mere video quality: the Super Bowl is a game meant to be shared. It's communal. I admire the expansion of viewing options for those overseas or unable to get to a TV, but it makes no sense to me otherwise.