Super Bowl XLVI goes mobile with apps, live stream
Feb 03, 2012 (The Orlando Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Super Bowl XLVI goes mobile Sunday, offering a bunch of apps for fans at the game in Indianapolis and for those at home, as well as a live stream -- a first for the NFL.
Verizon Wireless is the official wireless provider to the NFL and its customers will reap most of the benefits of that partnership since the game is set to be streamed through the NFL Mobile app. It's available on most Verizon Wireless mobile devices.
The free Super Bowl XLVI Guide app, available on iTunes and The Android Market, offers a 3-D map of the area surrounding the Lucas Oil Stadium, including a 3-D map of the interior of that stadium. You can zoom in past the beams and check out the field and seats.
Users can mark where they parked their car and also map the path from the entrance of the stadium to their seat. There's a guide to the city that shows where to eat, shop, and spend the night.
The Huddle tab has a Twitter stream that keeps users up-to-date with the latest on the Super Bowl, New England Patriots, and New York Giants. There's also a Topics section that shows trends.
The 268-page Super Bowl XLVI game program is also available as an app, but it's a whopping 400MB. You can always view the online version.
The Patriots and Giants have their own free apps, too.
There's also the Super Bowl XLVI Commemorative tablet app for $2.99. It's available on iTunes and The Android Market. The app includes a breakdown of the game, recaps and key stats, and bonus content like all-time, all-star teams and Super Bowl history.
The tablet app can be used after the game, too, with official video highlights, interviews, pictures, animated plays, stadium shots and other content.
Let's not forget one of the most time-honored traditions of any Super Bowl: The commercials.
The Super Ads: Super Bowl Commercials app for $1.99 has commercials from from 2006 to 2011. This year's commercials will be added to the app after they air. Users can browse commercials by company and brand, and share them on Facebook and Twitter.
AdWeek announced that more than a dozen Super Bowl commercials will be "Shazam-able." Users can use the free Shazam app, known for capturing snippets of a song and then identifying the tune, on commercials that show the app's logo. They'll be directed to more content, coupons, and freebies.
If you want something silly, there's the NFL Photo Booth app. Users can snap pictures of themselves or friends, dress them up in helmets and jerseys, and post those images to Facebook. Adding an NFL superstar like Tom Brady or Tim Tebow is going to cost you $0.99.
Enjoy the game.
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