How one can watch Tremendous Bowl XLVIII: the Engadget survival information
This yr’s Tremendous Bowl is happening in an outside stadium in New York / New Jersey, with a forecast excessive of 36 levels. Whereas touring to the large recreation is claimed to be a as soon as-in-a-lifetime expertise, convincing you to observe from someplace heat and sheltered should not take a tough promote. The gamers are on the brink of battle it out for the championship, and like yearly, we’re on the brink of watch it in the easiest way attainable — which in 2014 means a rising mixture of units and screens. Whereas we as soon as fearful about simply remotes and stereos, now telephones, tablets and laptops are added to the combination, and new Extremely HD TVs are on cabinets. Look under for our preparation options, and add any of your personal within the feedback.
Our weekly record of HDTV offers ought to have you ever coated for offers on upgrades, and this week is an effective time to purchase for extra causes than simply the looks of an enormous TV occasion. New fashions are on their approach as we converse, and costs typically drop sharply as shops attempt to filter out the stuff left over from final yr. Our recommendation, as all the time, is to go as massive as your area will permit, do not rule out projectors and double-examine the return coverage so you possibly can swap it if there are any image-high quality points or different issues. One further wrinkle this yr, is that it is the final time you’ll purchase certainly one of Panasonic’s acclaimed plasma HDTVs. They’re being phased out of manufacturing, and whereas Samsung and LG will apparently keep on the tech, in case you’ve been eyeing a prime-of-the-line ZT, it is time to purchase. Why decide plasma? Regardless of years of LCD advances in know-how, it is higher at sustaining full decision in the course of the quick-movement sequences widespread in sports activities, and nonetheless brings spectacular black ranges to point out colours and element which may in any other case be misplaced. The 60-inch ZT could be bought at Greatest Purchase for about $2,500 in the meanwhile, though worth and availability can range right now of yr.
One other query that is going to be essential is whether or not or not it is time to go 4K. Given the slew of spectacular Extremely HD TVs we noticed at CES earlier this month, these taken with a excessive-res show ought to in all probability maintain off for a bit. 2014’s TVs arrive with specs for HDMI, HDCP (needed for content material safety encoded on Blu-ray, which might see a 4K replace quickly) and HEVC (wanted to decode the excessive-res streams from sources like Netflix) finalized and able to go. Whereas some units like these from Sony and Samsung are receiving updates to make them prepared for Extremely HD content material, you’d in all probability be higher off evaluating them as merely a excessive-finish HDTV, since truly watching video delivered at a decision greater than the present 1080p is not assured for all. They will ship wonderful upscaling of 720p or 1080p HD video, however you will pay a hefty worth for these additional pixels that will not be used to their full potential instantly — or in any respect.
The sign/stream/second display
In 2014, we might hope that an HD sign goes with out saying, whether or not you are watching the sport at residence or elsewhere. Nonetheless, one can by no means be too positive, so checking forward of time and packing calibration discs like Disney’s World of Marvel or Spears & Munsil 2nd Version proper subsequent to the wings and beer is an effective transfer. Buddies do not let buddies watch the sport on uncalibrated shows, and taking out a couple of minutes earlier than kickoff could make all of the distinction. Fox’s presentation for the sport ought to be prime-notch, with greater than 50 cameras together with a document 14 robotically managed models, six 4K cameras used for the “tremendous zoom” prompt replays and eight excessive-velocity cameras. In case you tire of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman’s name, a well known trick to remove commentary is to tug the middle channel out of your encompass sound system (you do have one, proper?), which is often the one one with the broadcaster’s voices, leaving solely stadium sounds from the opposite audio system.
Final yr, CBS augmented its broadcast with an internet-based mostly stream providing a viewer’s selection of digital camera angles, whereas Fox is following up on that with a presentation (in English or Spanish) on the internet for computer systems (additionally obtainable on NFL.com, together with a feed of commercials if that is your factor) and on iPads by means of the Fox Sports activities Go app. Fox is proudly trumpeting that that is the Tremendous Bowl’s first time being streamed via an app, however the lack of help for different platforms is disappointing. In contrast to a number of the earlier video games, this stream is on the market for all no matter cable TV subscription, however it’s not approaching telephones — until you’ve got Verizon’s cellular service. A pill-prepared program can also be rolling out for Microsoft’s Floor in addition to Android and iOS with animated lineup information, social media feeds and extra; simply examine the NFL’s cellular website for hyperlinks to apps. Final however not least, the Xbox One’s NFL app has an achievement only for opening it in the course of the recreation.
For these attending the sport, our first recommendation is to bundle up, however aside from that, you will have to observe the sport on the precise subject, because the NFL and Fox are reportedly blocking streams over stadium WiFi and mobile stations. We’re unsure if that may apply to alternate sources like Slingbox, however it’s one thing to concentrate on if you would like to have in-hand entry to replays. Different stadiums have rolled out entry to video just like the Purple Zone Channel, however even with a state-of-the-artwork stadium in New Jersey, it seems officers are fearful concerning the community being overwhelmed — Verizon’s multicast tech might repair that drawback, nevertheless it does not appear prepared for recreation time this yr. Followers will need to hold the NFL app useful although, with push notifications for all the things from seating to timing for a particular “360-HD photograph” within the stadium.
The pre-recreation recreation and the payback
Madden celebrated its twenty fifth anniversary this yr and has stored its unique NFL license, so our decisions are restricted. In case you’ve shelled out for a subsequent-gen field already, it seems that the push to make launch has resulted in a recreation that is not a big leap over earlier variations when it comes to graphics and presentation, however critiques word that there are some nicely-acquired gameplay tweaks on Xbox One and PS4. An alternative choice is the free-to-play cellular model for iOS and Android, which ought to help you get a couple of snaps in throughout pregame ceremonies. In honor of the New York/New Jersey-hosted Tremendous Bowl, we determine the loser ought to be provided a selection — spend halftime outdoors uncovered to the weather identical to the gamers, or rock the winner’s selection of avatar on Twitter/Fb all through the sport.
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