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Super Bowl attendees blocked from seeing streaming video of game on mobile devices

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Super Bowl attendees blocked from seeing streaming video of game on mobile devices
Going to Super Bowl 48? If you were planning on bringing your smartphone or tablet to Metlife Stadium to view a live stream of the game that is being played out in front of you, forget about it. The NFL has decided to block all live streaming of the Super Bowl broadcast inside the stadium. Even if you're sitting in the nose bleed seats with Bob Uecker, you will have to use ancient technology like binoculars, to know what is going on.

Why take this action? Well, it seems that the powers that be at the NFL are worried about congested mobile networks. Apps like NFL.com and Fox Sports.com, will be blocked inside the stadium along with unofficial sites that also are planning on streaming the official broadcast of the game. While attendees to the game will have the ability to install an exclusive app, it will feature an event guide and exclusive content, but will not offer a live stream of the game.

It could be that the NFL is not being too cautious. During last year's championship contest, streaming of the live broadcast was halted mid-way through the game when it became apparent that those viewing the streamed telecast were using too much bandwidth. NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle says that the stadium can handle 25,000 to 30,000 internet users at a given time. 82,500 fans will be seated inside the venue, which is the home to the New York Jets and the New York Giants.

"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"-Michelle McKenna-Doyle, CIO, NFL

Plans are for mobile devices to have faster upload speeds over download speeds inside the stadium, since most fans are busy uploading pictures and sending out tweets and Instagram pictures during the contest. Verizon is providing the Wi-Fi connectivity for the game, sending in a signal at about 4Gbps. While Verizon is the lead vendor, the other three major carriers have upgraded their antenna systems by the stadium.

source: CNN via SlashGear

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posted on 29 Jan 2014, 00:44

1. Xeriffs (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)

Hahaha 4 Gbps WiFi??? My BS detector is going CRAAAZY

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 02:53 3

2. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3584; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

"WiGig tri-band enabled devices, which operate in the 2.4, 5 and 60 GHz bands, deliver data transfer rates up to 7 Gbit/s, about as fast as an 8 antenna 802.11ac transmission, and nearly 50 times faster than the highest 802.11n rate, while maintaining compatibility with existing Wi-Fi devices"

So no... not BS at all

posted on 31 Jan 2014, 14:27

6. Xeriffs (Posts: 11; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)

Yeah so what my router is capable of 1 gbit/s speeds but I don't have gigabit internet... The speed of the router means nothing without backhaul. There is no 4 gbit backhaul and so who cares if they can broadcast a signal capable of 7 gbit/s? You wont see that for a long time. The best you can get right now is 1 gbit/s with Google fiber, which is only in select markets.. Believe what you want but at the super bowl even if they are capable of those speeds you still wont get hardly anything... with 75,000+ people sitting there for hours on their phones I wouldn't count on good WiFi.

posted on 03 Feb 2014, 04:43

7. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3584; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Who says they need that much backhaul, perhaps the connection is directly to the server located at the Superbowl. And with live streaming, the backhaul needs to stream only once. But routers need to stream it to multiple connections.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 06:27 1

3. Sparhawk (Posts: 75; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)

Then your BS detector is defective.

posted on 30 Jan 2014, 10:13

5. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

has to be shared with tens of thousands of potential users at the same time... Id say that may actually not be nearly enough.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 19:50

4. tbacba (Posts: 111; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

How exactly do they 'block' access? As long as their networks are working, what prevents you from accessing these sites?

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