Super Bowl 50 will see the Carolina Panthers face off against the Denver Broncos. Where can you catch all the hoo-ha down under?
01 February 2016: The annual NFL match the United States of America (and increasingly, the rest of the world) goes crazy for is just around the corner. If the NFL manages to top last year's performance, it's going to be a hell of a show and one that you won't want to miss, despite the 16-hour time difference.
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. Whether that's in the comfort of your own home, in the office or at your local, we've rounded up the best ways for Australians to enjoy Super Bowl 50.
Sure, a lot of pubs are going to be pumping come 8 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 Channel 7 is by far the easiest, cheapest way to watch the game in Australia. It airs live at 10:30am on Monday 8 February 2016, 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 any given opportunity. Channel 7's Plus7 streaming app also appears to indicate that it will offer the Super Bowl streamed to Australian users on the day.
If you're already a Foxtel customer, then watching the match on ESPN is a no-brainer. If not, this option is quite expensive and requires a commitment of at least 12 months. The minimum cost for ESPN on Foxtel is $50 per month. That's a $25 Entertainment pack (which includes a number of basic channels) and a $25 Sports Pack (which includes 6 Fox Sports channels, 2 ESPN channels and Eurosport). You also have to go through the usual installation process (including wait time and setup fees), which may not be feasible before February 8.
Note: If you're not planning on catching the match on game day, you will be able to watch it on Foxtel's catch-up service, Foxtel Play. Foxtel Play has no lock-in contract and can be cancelled any time. Click here for more information on a free 14-day trial.
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 $34.95. This will give you access to Super Bowl 50, the Pro Bowl, NFL Network and 2009-2014 archived games from 25 January 2016 to 17 February 2016.
However, if you're a serious NFL supporter, you can sign up to the Season Plus pass for $54.95. This pass gives you access to every NFL game for the remaining duration of the season (including Super Bowl 50) from now until 31 July 2016 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.
NFL Game Pass from iTunes Store
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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. What better way than stocking up on some of the most American beers available in Australia? Our top picks are below.
Shark costume, because fun...
If you're going to recreate the magic at home, then why stop at booze and snacks? Go all out and dress up like that goofy shark from last year's Super Bowl. Who needs dignity, when you have entertainment?
Sand Shark Adult Costume from Costumes.com.au
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Of course, a lot of work goes into hosting a Super Bowl party and sometimes it's just easier to have someone bring you the wings. Being such an early affair, not every pub will be open for business at kickoff. We've rounded up the 3 best pubs in Sydney that will be showing the match and allow walk-ins on the day.
- Address: 200 Sussex Street, Sydney 2000
- Phone: 02 9267 3100
- Email: email@example.com
- Doors open at 10:00 am
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- Address: 202 Australia Street, Newtown NSW 2042
- Phone: 02 9519 8273
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Doors open at 10:00 am
- Address: 81 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000
- Phone: 02 9262 5491
- Email: email@example.com
- Doors open at 10:00 am