The Super Bowl is only hours away and I have a decision to make: Watch the game on my 55-inch Vizio M550KD using an antenna, or watch a free online stream (from Fox) on my Epson PowerLite 8350. Each method has its plusses and minuses, and I'm going to be tempted to watch both broadcasts at once to see which is better.
I used to receive my local networks for free via my cable jack using a QAM tuner, but Comcast recently scrambled that signal, which forced me to find other options. Since I don't have a stand-alone tuner, I can't watch OTA broadcasts on my projector. However, I love the way games look on a really big screen which is why I'm tempted to watch the streaming version of Fox's broadcast using my projector.
photo from Slate.com
I got rid of my cable TV service years ago and I have not regretted it for one minute. I pay for upgraded internet service and I buy or rent movies from Vudu, an arrangement that I've been quite pleased with. The only thing I occasionally miss about cable TV is the broad selection of live sports coverage. However, since I'm mostly interested in football I get by with a simple RCA antenna, which does a great job of pulling in my local HDTV stations. In fact, image quality for OTA broadcasts tend to be quite exceptional, the only fly in the ointment is when the occasional helicopter flies by and momentarily scrambles the signal.
I use one of these RCA ANT111 antennas to watch football
When it comes to the Super Bowl, there is another choice besides antennas, satellite, and cable: Fox is going to stream the game live. According to Slate.com, the main difference between the broadcast and streaming Super Bowl broadcasts is the ads, and I know some people claim to watch the game for the ads—I'm not one of those. All those ads are available to watch online, so it's not a big deal. What I wonder is whether the streaming version will look or sound good enough to watch. I viewed a couple of postseason games using NBC's online streaming and those looked quite decent—I'm curious if Fox's stream will look better or worse.
How are you receiving the game? I'm guessing many of you have cable or satellite service. Is anyone intentionally using an OTA antenna because of the high bandwidth signal? I wonder how all the different ways of receiving the broadcast will look compared to each other. Is anyone deliberately using an antenna instead of cable or satellite, even if you already have one of those services?
I'll update this thread after the game starts with my impressions of streaming vs. OTA image and sound quality. I'm looking forward to a good game.
Edited by imagic - 2/6/14 at 6:54am