Many football fans will be sitting in front of giant flatscreens next Sunday, watching the Seattle Seahawks go for their first Super Bowl win against the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos via local TV.
But a new survey from Seattle-based QuestionPro reveals that a good chunk of people will be using the Internet to stream the big game from their laptops or mobile devices.
In fact, 21 percent of respondents said they will stream the Super Bowl — 12 percent with a computer or laptop, 9 percent with a tablet or smartphone — which is up from just 1.8 percent of viewers who streamed the game last year.
The survey also noted a huge spike in second screen usage. About 40 percent said they will use another device to supplement viewing — 23 percent of which will check stats, and 17 percent who said they’d use another screen for social media.
FOX will stream the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 for free to all viewers through Fox Sports Go. FOX previously streamed the NFC playoff games, but only for Comcast, Cablevision and AT&T U-verse subscribers. CBS, as well as NBC, streamed several of the playoff games this season for free.
CBS streamed the Super Bowl last year for free to everyone, while 2012 was the first year the game was streamed online.