Super Bowl 51 will take place on Sunday 5 February in the NRG stadium in Houston, Texas. This year’s big game will mark the 50th anniversary of the first Super Bowl back in 1967.
The teams are scheduled to kick off at 7:30 EST, which is still early enough (compared to last year’s later start time) for international viewers to tune in.
Super Bowl 51: Predictions
Will this year be a repeat of Super Bowl 50? Peyton Manning’s farewell game was a defensive masterpiece, with three turnovers and seven sacks leading the Broncos to a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. Super Bowl 50 was also the third most watched television program in American history. It reached an average of 111.9 million viewers.
The teams taking part in Super Bowl 51 will be decided this weekend in the AFC and NFC championship games (follow my guide on streaming the NFL playoffs). Will it be Packers-Steelers? Or perhaps Patriots-Falcons? What are your picks?
Regardless of which teams will make it, team defense doesn’t seem like it will be as much of a factor as in recent years, with game-changing quarterbacks and stellar offensive units present on all four remaining teams.
Update! The Falcons blew out the Packers 44-21, while the Patriots easily ran over the Steelers with a score of 36-17. The Patriots and Falcons are set to battle it out in Super Bowl 51, with a -3 point spread in New England’s favor.
Super Bowl 51: Did You Know?
Lady Gaga Halftime Show
After last year’s performance by Coldplay, Lady Gaga takes the stage for the Super Bowl 51 halftime show. Her appearance doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as she received high praise for singing the national anthem before last year’s game.
It remains to be seen what kind of show Lady Gaga will give, but if her past “creativity” is anything to go by, viewers are in for a truly unique experience.
Localized Ads for Streamers
Streaming and advertisements have always been a tricky situation. Copyrights and regional restrictions have often canceled advertisements altogether. Super Bowl 51 will be the first time that localized ads will appear on the game’s online stream. 170 Fox Network affiliates will take part in the program.
Luckily, this doesn’t mean you have to worry about missing any of the big Super Bowl commercials, as these will be shown regardless of location.
Player Point of View Cameras
Fox has also announced a partnership with Intel on a “Be the Player” feature, which gives viewers the ability to watch the game from a player’s perspective.
A point of view camera angle adds an interesting dimension to the Super Bowl broadcast, even if the technology still seems a bit off. Who doesn’t want to see a full play develop from a running back or quarterback’s viewpoint?!
Free Live Stream of Super Bowl 51: Which Devices?
Another great benefit of Fox offering a free live stream of Super Bowl 51 is the impressive device compatibility of Fox Sports Go.
Fans around the world will be able to stream Fox Sports Go using iOS, Android, and Windows devices. Further support for Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire, and Xbox One is also available in the form of various apps.
As I mentioned earlier, the one catch is that you will need a US IP address to enjoy the free live stream for Super Bowl 51 on Fox. ExpressVPN is the perfect solution to unblocking Fox Sports Go and streaming the biggest game of the year!
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