And now for some words I never thought I’d say: This year’s Super Bowl is going to be one for the books. The Philadelphia Eagles are playing for the first time in 13 years (Go birds!) against the New England Patriots, and Justin Timberlake is performing at the halftime show for the first time in 14 years, (since 2004, when he exposed Janet Jackson’s right breast to the world in an event known as Nipplegate.)
It’ll be interesting to see how Justin fares on the Super Bowl halftime show stage. Maybe he’ll blow us all away and really unite the country under the banner of totally passable pop music. Maybe he’ll ignore the elephant in the room and stay mum on Janet Jackson. One of those is much more likely than the other (the second one, it’s the second one) but we’ll have to wait and see!
Here are a couple of ways to watch Justin Timberlake’s big gig:
1. Go to a sports bar or your friend’s house: The choice easiest for the technologically-averse. Kick off is at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC, and the halftime show should come on around 8 p.m. (about halfway through what is usually a three-hour game), although there is no set time for it. Sports triumphs over the arts, yet again!
2. If you have cable and a TV: You can tune in to the game or halftime show on NBC. (You can look up the channel of your local NBC affiliate here.)
3. If you have cable (or your parents’ cable login) and prefer to stream: You can sign in through your cable provider at NBC.com to watch the game and halftime show through the website. If you have a TV, you could also stream the game to your TV with a device like Chromecast, which is nice if you’re entertaining buds.
4. If you have all of these things (a TV, Chromecast, guests to entertain) but no cable login: Don’t fear—there’s a strong chance that NBC is going to let anyone in the U.S. watch the game for free from the website. How to Geek explains: “Such was the case for Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. While NBC hasn’t publicly stated it will do the same this year (yet), it’s a pretty safe bet that they will—every possible eyeball on the game is beneficial to its advertising partners.”
5. If you’re OK watching on your phone all night: Starting this year, you can stream the game from the NFL mobile app or the Yahoo Sports app, regardless of your carrier, for free. This usually isn’t available on tablets and it might be tough to cast the game from your phone to a larger TV screen.
Whatever medium you choose, happy viewing!
[h/t How to Geek]