Although it honestly would not have been a tragedy to miss it, my wife and I wanted to watch the Super Bowl just for the halftime show and the commercials. The game was of little interest to us. Since I dropped cable TV several months ago, I was scrambling to find a way to watch the big game. Of course, those that have followed my overall strategy on dropping cable would likely have access to a local Fox channel with an over-the-air antenna. In my own case, we have had issues with getting a consistently good signal with an antenna. This is due to the fact that Palm Coast, FL is not really in close proximity to a major city.
One other option to get regular network TV is the $8 per month option through Aereo TV. Bad news again for me again, as Aereo is not available in my area. It is coming soon to Orlando and I will be among the first to sign up. I did learn that the Super Bowl would be streamed over the Internet; there may have been a Roku channel that was streaming it, but I could not find one.
Chromecast To The Rescue
I purchased a Chromecast device for $35 about a month ago as a supplement to my Roku. I have gotten plenty of use out of my Chromecast so far, and it allowed me to take the Internet stream of the Super Bowl and move it to my large screen TV in HD. So, that is how I watched the Super Bowl without cable. Where there’s a will there’s a way.
Honestly, I don’t think it will be much longer until we will see a robust TV option that literally represents a knockout blow to cable. In fact, one rumor swirling right now is that Amazon has such a service in development for release later this year. I think the Chromecast device is an excellent supplement, however, for Roku users who, like me, have dumped cable.
James L. Paris