Football fans are increasingly utilizing live streams online to watch the Super Bowl.
FOX said today that its Super Bowl Live stream, distributed via its Fox Sports Go platform, averaged 1.72 million viewers per minute during New England’s 34-28 win over Atlanta on Sunday.
— FOX Sports PR (@FOXSportsPR) February 6, 2017
Last year, an average of 1.4 million people per minute streamed the Super Bowl — so that’s a spike of 3 million viewers.
Many people on Sunday complained about FOX’s stream, which went down briefly during the second half and forced fans to watch the Spanish Fox Sports GO feed.
We're aware of the streaming issue on #FOXSportsGO, and it's been resolved. Please close and reopen the stream to get back to the game.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 6, 2017
Variety noted that about 16 percent of survey respondents said they planned on streaming the game.
While streaming numbers were up, total Super Bowl viewership on TV was down from years past, but still ranks as the fourth-most watched Super Bowl in history.
111.3 million viewers for Patriots-Falcons last night = lowest Super Bowl audience since Ravens-49ers in 2013
— Austin Karp (@AustinKarp) February 6, 2017