How to watch Super Bowl 2017 online in Australia
Super Bowl 51 pits the New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons, and you have plenty of options for watching the game live.
The annual NFL match the United States of America (and increasingly, the rest of the world) goes crazy for is just a few short days away. The Super Bowl always goes all-out to try to top its own performances from previous years, which means we should be in for one hell of a show, whether you're a Pats or Falcons supporter, or you're just tuning in for the Lady Gaga halftime show.
Assuming you've already taken the day off (or are planning one elaborate sickie), the next thing on your agenda should be finding the right spot to watch the game. We've rounded up the best ways for Australians to enjoy Super Bowl 51.
Sure, a lot of pubs are going to be pumping come 6 February at 10:30am . However, many larger pubs hold ticketed events on game day and finding a good haunt to settle in and watch the game could prove tedious. Watching the Super Bowl from home is certainly the safest bet. The key to making it a day to remember is planning ahead.
The first order of business is sorting out the live stream. No stream, no game. Too often in Australia, we seem to fall behind on coverage of spectacles like this. However, the Super Bowl is an exception. There are many ways Australians can join in on the excitement, starting with, but not exclusive to, free-to-air television.
Catching the game on 7Mate is by far the easiest, cheapest way to watch the game in Australia. It airs live at 10:30am on Monday 6 February 2017, no later than any other service.
The downside? You will have to sit through the repetitive advertisements Channel 7 will no doubt be churning out at every given opportunity. Channel 7's Plus7 streaming app should also offer the Super Bowl streamed to Australian users on the day.
Foxtel Play: ESPN
If you're already a Foxtel customer, then watching the match on ESPN is a no-brainer. ESPN sits in the sports pack for both fixed line and Foxtel Play customers, and if you've not yet signed up, getting access via the IPTV-based Foxtel Play is your safest bet, given the time and complexity of a fixed line Foxtel install. ESPN also offers live streaming for eligible subscribers through its WatchESPN app and web site.
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NFL Game Pass
Finally, you also have the option to purchase an International NFL Game Pass. NFL offers its popular game pass option, an all-NFL subscription service, to fans abroad. Though it does come at a price, you can subscribe at a lower, end of season price right now.
If it's just the Super Bowl you're after, you purchase the Super Bowl Game Pass for $34.99. This will give you access to Super Bowl 51 and the Pro Bowl, NFL Network and 2009-2014 archived games through to 17 February 2017.
However, if you're a serious NFL supporter, you can sign up to the Season Plus pass for $59.99. This pass gives you access to every NFL game for the remaining duration of the season (including Super Bowl 51) from now until 31 July 2017 including archived matches if that takes your fancy.
NFL Game Pass can be streamed on iOS (including Apple TV), Android, Windows applications, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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After organising the stream, your second priority should be gathering supplies. If you're not going to watch the game at the pub, the next big thing is recreating the atmosphere in your own home. And that means beer, and plenty of it.
After all, what better way to celebrate the Superbowl is there than stocking up on some of the most American beers available in Australia? Our top picks are below.