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What are you doing next Sunday evening? (I plead “no contest” to charges of East Coast bias.) Perhaps you plan on joining several tens of millions of your U.S. neighbors in watching the Patriots take on the Giants in the SuperBowl. (Perhaps we’re entitled to a little East Coast bias.) Patriot fans in Boston were relieved when the local NBC broadcaster and DirecTV reached agreement on a new retransmission deal; the dispute had threatened to blackout the game coverage for the satellite subscribers.

But even if you can’t get to a TV on Sunday, you can still watch the game if you have access to broadband. The NFL is streaming the SuperBowl this year for free. You’ll be able to watch the game on the NFL.com website, and you’ll even be able to watch it on your smartphone if you’re a Verizon customer.

If just watching the game is not enough, you also can go through your own pregame warmup online. The site has hours of clips from last Sunday’s Media Day; you can watch some of the league’s most famous players come up with new ways to say “we’ve worked hard as a team to get here” and “we have a lot of respect for the other team”. Even if you’re not a fan of football, you may be fascinated by some of the bling these guys wear to a press interview. All week, the NFL will stream live events to provide more background and insight into the upcoming championship. It’s a great resource for football fans; next August is a long way off!

Posted by Alfred Poor, January 31, 2012 5:00 AM

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Alfred Poor is a well-known display industry expert, who writes the daily HDTV Almanac. He wrote for PC Magazine for more than 20 years, and now is focusing on the home entertainment and home networking markets.