Best Super Bowl streaming sites, apps and gadgets to watch the game

iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps make the team

Super Bowl live stream

It's going to be a cold, wintry Super Bowl for a change when the Seattle Seahawks meet the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium today. Luckily, you don't have to be in the stands and pay exorbitant ticket prices to experience this championship football game.

In fact, though our TechRadar Tip Off recommended plenty of TVs that are as large as two football yards and sound bars that can reach the 12th man decibel level, you don't even need to be near a television at all this year.

The NFL and Fox Sports have teamed up to expand streaming the 2014 Super Bowl through the web and select mobile devices starting on February 2 at 6:30 PM EST. That's the official kick-off time at Meadowlands Sports Complex, snow or shine.

Live streaming the Super Bowl means the broadcast follows you around like Richard Sherman's too-proud-for-TV comments now follow the self-described "best corner in the game" around no matter where he goes. It's unavoidable.

Of course, figuring out the best way to stream the Super Bowl, downloading the top apps and buying into the right gadgets that go with this annual viewing experience still takes a bit of work.

Super Bowl live stream
You have to jump through some hoops to stream the game

How to stream Super Bowl 2014

Streaming the Super Bowl while physically at the stadium has been banned by the NFL, but the league is opening up the live feed to everyone else outside of the WiFi-constrained New Jersey premises. Well, almost everyone else.

Computer users can watch the rough and tumble game on either or just fine. And they aren't limited to huddling around a 13-inch laptop screen for all four quarters. An HDMI out or Mini DisplayPort connection can mirror the game to a big screen TV, enabling even forward-thinking cord cutters to have a normal-sized Super Bowl party.

The mobile environment is a little more tricky due to the NFL's exclusive wheeling and dealing. Fox has the right to live stream the Super Bowl through its Fox Sports Go iPad app, but can't do the same on its matching iPhone app.

That reason behind this is Verizon has tied up the smartphone streaming license for NFL games including the Super Bowl. The carrier's NFL Mobile app is free to download on iOS, Android, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8. As you might expect, you have to be a Verizon subscriber and pay the premium $5 a month to access its live streaming video on February 2.

The NFL's Super Bowl website doesn't clearly spell out the intricate licensing deals, which is going to leave plenty of football fans scrambling in the pocket right before the big game.

Official Super Bowl apps
This magazine-style guide is available on MOST devices

Official Super Bowl apps

The NFL has once again rolled out a special app designed for Super Bowl ticket-holding fans, and this year's update may become essential for anyone visiting MetLife Stadium.

That's because the NFL On Location Super Bowl app incorporates push notifications in case there are any changes to the schedule - weather or otherwise. This iOS and Android app also acts as an all-important interactive map and lists all of the events that are taking place in and around the complex.

Fans who are not attending the New York and New Jersey-hosted festivities should opt for the league's equally-festive commemorative magazine: the Super Bowl XLVIII - NFL Official Program on iPad and Super Bowl XLVIII Game Program on Android devices. Web users can flip through the pages too.

For some reason, this 288-page interactive guide to the season, and the lead up to Sunday's game with the Lombardi trophy on the line, isn't available for the iPhone. That's a switch.

Super Bowl 2014 video

Behind-the-scenes video

Behind-the-scenes video of the Super Bowl is being shared through the celebrity-populated Hang w/ app for iOS and Android devices.

Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas has been shooting and narrating footage of the Payton Manning-led team making their way to MetLife Stadium, from the bus to their secret entrance through a white-tented tunnel.

The live video ended with a panoramic view of the locker room where Thomas and other players are getting ready for today's game and hoping to return to a champagne-filled locker room at the end of the fourth quarter.

Super Bowl 2014 commercials
You could already be watching this Full Hosue reunion

Where to watch Super Bowl commercials

Believe it or not, some people don't actually watch the game and simply tune in for the pricey commercials. The Super Bowl is just the fluff between the ads that cost $4 million on average.

There's a different kind of video streaming app for all of these non-football fans and bandwagon jumpers who feign interest in the game. It's called Superbowl-Ads and it's the best unofficial way to rewatch ads and preview new commercials.

This particular app streams the best Super Bowl commercials from the past 15 years as well as some new ones, and it's available on both iOS and Android devices.

That trumps the slicker-looking, but astroturf deep Super Ads: Super Bowl Commercials app that's exclusive to the iTunes App Store and only spans 2006-2012.

Super Bowl pizza
Domino's free is offering delivery through an Amazon Prime clone

Domino's Pizza app with free delivery

Pizza, wings, breadsticks and liters upon liters of soda are are okay on Super Bowl Sunday even if they've been stricken from your month-old New Year's resolution diet.

Regular football watchers know that delivery is the only option during the game and you'll see plenty of Papa John's ads during the commercial breaks as it's an official NFL sponsor.

Domino's, however, is offering free delivery through the ShopRunner subscription that's worth taking advantage of this Sunday and beyond.

ShopRunner is akin to Amazon Prime's free shipping perk, but the benefits extend to online sites for hundreds of big-box retailers. They've banded together to compete with Amazon.

There's a 30-day subscription that can be canceled at any time. Canceling right before the end of this 30 days usually extends the offer to three months and then a full year free of charge.

Saving $2.99 on every pizza delivered for an entire year isn't a bad deal for hungry football fans and it's also a win for Domino's, as it generates customer loyalty over Pizza Hut and Papa John's.

Super Bowl game apps
Bruno Mars? RCHP? How about some app distractions

Alternatives to 'Abracadabralifornia'

Super Bowl 43 is set to feature joint halftime performances by Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in a music mash up that drags in (and possible desecrates) a Led Zeppelin song.

If this 15-minute spectacle is too much, there are a number of Super Bowl-related game apps to keep disinterested football diehards occupied, including a handful that are free to download.

In particular, the cleverly named "A 3D Super Runner Fantasy: American Football Heroes Bowl 2014" has vaulted its way to the No. 1 spot on the iOS App Store when searching for Super Bowl - all without violating the NFL's strict "Super Bowl" copyright.

The gameplay consists of dodging and stiff arming defenders while making your way down all 100 yards of a football field. Its simple controls and GameCenter leader boards make it a worthy pick-up-and-play alternative to the more detailed Madden NFL 25.

Super Bowl Quiz Challenge on Android is less graphically intense, but still equally engaging for sports know-it-alls. Its involves answering questions about Super Bowl history, teams and players and supports two-player multiplayer on one device.

With these Super Bowl live streaming methods and accompanying apps, you're game viewing experience is almost complete. The best game-day gadgets will put you through the uprights.