Even the most hyperactive, multi-tasking of Super Bowl XLVI fans will be put to the test this Sunday, juggling the host of sites and apps connected to the game.
Computer View: NBC is finally making the game accessible live, on line to computer users in the U.S. Even more intriguing are the "second screen" enhancements that will drive many users to have both the PC and their big screen TV on game watch, simultaneously. Available at both www.NBCSports.com and www.NFL.com, the computer viewers will be offered additional camera angles, in-game highlights, statistics, and interactive feedback with some "DVR-style" control functionality. If you are planning on webbing-in, get there early in case your computer needs upgrading with Silverlight (video streaming) software.
Pads and Phones: Verizon has made an exclusive deal to stream the game to mobile phones and tablets enabled with Verizon wireless data service. Everybody else with a tab or smart phone is pretty much out of luck, unless you have a Slingbox app that's remotely connecting to a Slingbox device. (And the latter, in turn must be hardwired to a cable or satellite box tuned to the game.) Cautionary note to potential Verizon viewers - unless you have a very deep bucket of unused data minutes, the cost of streaming the game to your phone/tablet will be redunkulous. But hopefully, the app will also connect you guys off the Verizon grid, on a Wi-Fi network (which costs nothing.)
Advertising Apps: If you don't have the sound identifying Shazam app on your phone or tablet, load it NOW. Originally created to identify songs with the push of a button, Shazam is now also becoming a huge marketing tool for TV shows and their advertisers. Sampling the TV soundtrack when a Shazam icon pops up on the screen quickly leads viewers' smartphones and tablets to connected portals. And there you're treated to special offers, deleted scenes, extended infomericals and more.