Jan 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman talks about ways to help keep warm for cold conditions during the Super Bowl XLVIII stadium preparations press conference at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NFL to block streaming video inside MetLife Stadium on Sunday

In an interview with Ars Technica earlier in the week, NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle told the site that smart phone addicts users attending Sunday’s Super Bowl won’t be allowed to stream the game from NFL.com or Fox Sports while within MetLife Stadium.

As McKenna-Doyle explained, streaming took up too much bandwidth at last year’s game:

We [blocked] it last year, but we did it on the fly when we started having some challenges. This year we planned ahead to do it.


While we do know that people like to look at replays on their phones and there are some people who like to stream certain amounts of video in the game, the vast majority of our fans want to watch the game on the field, watch the replays on the jumbo board, and participate in the event more than they want to be checking their phone. While we could have made some of that available, it might have impacted the ability for the majority of the fans to be able to stay connected to social media, tweet, Facebook, that kind of thing.

You hear that, fans? You’ll have to focus on the action on the actual field. The horror. The horror.

[Source: Ars Technica]

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