How to watch Super Bowl XLVIII: the Engadget survival guide

New models are upon their way as we talk, and prices often drop sharply as stores try to definite out the stuff left over from last year. Friends don’t let friends watch the game upon uncalibrated displays, and taking out a few minutes before kickoff can make all the difference. see under for our preparation suggestions, and add any of your own in the comments.com, along with a feed of commercials if that’s your thing and upon iPads through the Fox Sports Go app. Fox’s presentation for the game should be top notch, with over 50 cameras including a record 14 robotically controlled units, six 4K cameras used for the “super zoom” instant replays and eight high-speed cameras.

The pre-game game and the payback arouse celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and has kept its exclusive NFL license, so our choices are limited. Fans will want to maintain the NFL app handy though, with push notifications for everything from seating to timing for a special “360-HD photo” in the stadium. While traveling to the big game is said to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, convincing you to watch from somewhere hot and sheltered shouldn’t take a difficult sell. Another option is the free-to-play mobile version for iOS and Android, which should permit you to gain a few snaps in during pregame ceremonies.

They’re being phased out of production, and while Samsung and LG will apparently carry upon the tech, if you’ve been eyeing a top-of-the-line ZT it’s time to buy. The signal / stream / second screen In 2014, we’d wish that an HD signal goes without saying, whether you’re watching the game at house or elsewhere. While we once anxious about just remotes and stereos, now phones, tablets and laptops are added to the mix, and new Ultra HD TVs are upon shelves. While some sets like those from Sony and Samsung are receiving updates to make them ready for Ultra HD content, you’d probably be better off comparing them as merely a high-stop HDTV, since actually watching video delivered at a resolution higher than the current 1080p isn’t assured for all.

For those attending to the game, our first advice is to bundle up, but other than that you’ll have to watch the game upon the actual field, since the NFL and Fox are reportedly blocking streams over stadium WiFi and cellular stations. Unlike some of the previous games, this stream is available for all regardless of cable TV subscription, but it’s not coming upon phones — unless you have Verizon’s mobile service. Last year CBS augmented its broadcast with a web-based stream offering a viewer’s choice of camera angles, while Fox is following up upon that with a presentation in English or Spanish upon the web for computers also available upon NFL. A tablet-ready program is also rolling out for Windows Surface, Android and iOS with animated lineup info, social media feeds and more, just check the NFL’s mobile site for links to apps.

If you tire of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman’s call, a famous trick to eliminate commentary is to pull the center channel from your surround sound system you do have one, right, which is usually the only one with the broadcaster’s voices, leaving only stadium sounds from the other speakers. Another ask that’s going to be important is whether or not it’s time to go 4K. yet, one can never be too definite, so checking ahead of time and packing calibration discs like Disney’s World of Wonder or Spears & Munsil 2nd Edition right next to the wings and beer is a great move.This year’s Super Bowl is taking area in an outdoor stadium in New York / New Jersey, with a forecast high of 36 degrees.

Our advice, as always, is to go as big as your space will permit, don’t rule out projectors, and double check the return policy so you can swap it if there are any picture quality issues or other problems. The HDTV Our weekly list of HDTV deals should have you covered for deals upon upgrades, and this week is a great time to buy for more reasons than just the appearance of a massive TV event. 2014’s TVs come with specs for HDMI, HDCP necessary for content protection encoded upon Blu-ray, which could see a 4K update soon and HEVC needed to decode the high-res streams from sources like Netflix finalized and ready to go. The players are getting ready to battle it out for the championship, and like all year, we’re getting ready to watch it in the best way possible — which in 2014 means a growing mix of devices and screens.

We’re not definite if that will apply to alternate sources like Slingbox, but it’s something to be aware of if you’d like to have in-hand access to replays. They’ll deliver excellent upscaling of 720p or 1080p HD video, but you’ll pay a hefty price for those extra pixels that may not be used to their full potential right away — or at all. In honor of the New York / New Jersey hosted Super Bowl, we figure the loser should be offered a choice — spend halftime outside exposed to the elements just like the players, or rock the winner’s choice of avatar upon Twitter / Facebook for the duration of the game. The 60-inch ZT can be purchased at Best buy for about 2,500 at the moment, although price and availability can vary at this time of year.

Obviously, we wouldn’t be shocked to find that your favorite wares weren’t listed here, so be our guest and shout out your recommendations in comments under! see just how far we’ve come: Totally blow out the big game! Part I: Super Bowl XXXIX Totally blow out the big game! Part II: Super Bowl XL Totally blow out the big game! Part III: Super Bowl XLII Totally blow out the big game! Part IV: Super Bowl XLIII Totally blow out the big game! Part V: Super Bowl XLIV Totally blow out the big game! Part VI Super Bowl XLV Totally blow out the big game! Part VII Super Bowl XLVI Totally blow out the big game! Super Bowl XLVII. Given the slew of impressive Ultra HD TVs we saw at CES earlier this month, those interested in a high res display should probably keep off for a bit. One additional wrinkle this year, is that it’s the last time you’ll be able to buy one of Panasonic’s acclaimed plasma HDTVs. Other stadiums have rolled out access to video like the Red Zone Channel, but even with a state of the art stadium in New Jersey, it appears officials are anxious about the network being overwhelmed — Verizon’s multicast tech could repair that problem, but it doesn’t seem ready for game time this year.

Fox is proudly trumpeting that this is the Super Bowl’s first time being streamed through an app, but the lack of maintain for other platforms is disappointing. Why choose plasma Despite years of LCD advances in technology, it’s better at maintaining full resolution during the fast motion sequences common in sports, and yet brings impressive black levels to show colors and detail that might otherwise be lost. If you’ve shelled out for a next-gen crate already, it appears that the hurry to make launch has resulted in a game that’s not a huge leap over previous versions in terms of graphics and presentation, but reviews note that there are some well-received gameplay tweaks upon Xbox One and PS4. Last but not least, the Xbox One’s NFL app has an achievement just for opening it during the game.