For many sports fans, February means one thing: the Super Bowl. It’s the biggest sporting holiday and the most-watched TV event almost every single year. In fact, last year’s drew more than 100 million viewers across TV and streaming services combined. With the big game just days away — 6:30 p.m. Eastern / 3:30 p.m. Pacific this Sunday, February 2 — football fans across the country are making plans for where and how they’ll tune in.
With wireless technology, streaming services have given fans a new way to watch and engage. According to a study by Google, 30 percent of fans say they stream live sports on their smartphone or tablet. And 80 percent of sports viewers use a computer or smartphone while watching the game on TV to search for player stats or live scores, message other fans or watch related videos. Any way you look at it, wireless tech can make sure you don’t miss any of the action.
Here are some helpful tips for watching this year’s matchup.
1. Know your video streaming options
The Super Bowl will be airing on the Fox network, which means fans with a basic cable package will be able to watch it. For cord-cutters, there are several streaming services like Hulu, YouTubeTV and FuboTV that offer Fox. Mobile-minded fans can stream the game on the Fox Sports app, which is also available via streaming devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.
2. Video is only one part of the wireless experience
Whether you’re glued to the couch or on the go, you’ll want audio that’s worthy of the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami to complement the most exciting in-game moments. If you’re not sure where to start, Wirecutter has a list of the best Bluetooth speakers right now. If you want to watch or listen to the game while out and about, there are a host of Bluetooth earbuds like the new Apple Airpods Pro or the Samsung Galaxy Buds.
3. Going to the game IRL? Charge up!
If you’re one of the lucky few to have tickets to the Super Bowl, make sure you’re prepared. Remember to fully charge your devices pre-game, or bring a portable battery (and a cable) so you can load up if needed. Also, be familiar with your wireless rate plan’s data limits if you plan to share pictures or videos during the game.
And if you have a 5G device — bring it! T-Mobile has 5G service in Miami, so fans can share and stream highlights in near-real-time.
No matter who you’re rooting for, or where you’re cheering from, good luck!