Super Bowl LII kicks of Sunday, and regardless of whether you’re a die-hard Eagles/Patriots fan or not then you probably wanna enjoy Sunday evening watching the big game, because that will be the talk of the town come Monday morning.
Here are six different ways to watch the game, all via services supported by the playmoTV gateway. (Not a user? Sign up here)
The game will be streamed for free on nbcsports.com or the NBC Sports app. NBC Sports is voiding the regular requirement of using a cable-provider login to use the app. Their live stream will start on noon ET (the game itself starts 6:30 PM ET), so you have plenty of pre-game coverage.
If you sign up for the Sling TV’s Blue package for $25/month you can stream the big game live on NBC. We serve the NY region for Sling, so you should be good to go there.
Sling TV is supported on all major platforms. You can read more about Sling TV here.
Hulu with Live TV
You can also enjoy the game if you have Hulu with Live TV. However, unlike Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV is only supported on Apple TV, Fire TV and in a web browser if you use a manual geolocation plugin in addition to our service. (The traditional Hulu SVOD service is supported on iOS and Android).
fuboTV also has NBC, and is supported with similar caveats as Hulu Live TV, although you don’t need a special Chrome plugin as well to use it in a browser. However in our opinion, the streaming quality of fuboTV does not measure up to the standards of Sling TV.
Finally you can watch the game live on BBC, but then you’re missing Super Bowl ads, so we highly recommend considering other options before opting with this one. Here’s one that has already leaked
and in this video you can see a round-up of the teaser ads that have already been released.
HBO has been producing its own independent programming long before it was streaming its stuff across the internet. All of the movies are great and you should check them out – here are a few that might pique your interest.
We’ve all been there. Browsing through endless catalogs of stuff. Checking out Hulu, HBO NOW, Showtime. Then Hulu again, Showtime, HBO NOW. Funny how we see the same stuff even though we look at it in reverse order. If you’re ready to watch something a little less ordinary, here are a few great HBO Original films, that we recommend.
Behind the Candelabra
Set in 1977, this movie follows the the famous pianist Liberace and his 18-year old lover Scott Thorson in the musician’s final ten years of life. The movie is based on Thorson’s diary which was turned into a novel after Liberace’s death. The film garnered mostly positive praise and competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. It also got a limited cinematic release in the UK.
The film is a genuine and heart wrenching look at Liberace’s life and absolutely over-the-top his performances were. Even more important is how affectionately Michael Douglas (Liberace) and Matt Damon (Thorson) play their characters. Their performances are certainly something to watch, so much so, that Michael Douglas won an Emmy award. Further, the relationship between Liberace and Thorson is absolutely magic on the screen.
This one is certainly on the older side. First aired in 1975, Grey Gardens is a documentary that looks at two former upper-class women, a mother and daughter, who live in poverty in a dilapidated mansion in the South Hamptons of New York. The documentary was selected for preservation in the library of Congress and is hailed as one of the best documentary films ever made because of its painfully truthful storytelling.
The film uses direct cinema techniques, meaning there is no voiceover explaining the story – the two female subjects do all the voice work in the documentary. The film came about after an investigation by The Examiner and New York Magazine of the two women’s lives led to health department inspections of their home. There, they found the home and the women living in squalor with trash and rubbish everywhere, no running water and in complete delusion.
From the Earth to the Moon
A 1998 miniseries produced by Ron Howard and Tom Hanks, From the Earth to the Moon tells the story of the Apollo missions during the 1960s and 1970s. The series was based in large part on Andrew Chaiken’s book A Man on the Moon, which was also extraordinarily good. The series features a large ensemble cast, as well as Tom Hanks in each episode.
All twelve episodes are wonderfully shot and riveting. In particular, the episode covering Apollo 13 smartly looks at the entire stressful mission from the ground’s point of view, showing how much work went into keeping those astronauts alive. The series won three Emmy awards for outstanding miniseries, outstanding casting, and outstanding hairstyling, which is sort of an odd award. Great hair or not, this series is definitely worth your time.
All The Way
Anything that stars Bryan Cranston gets our attention right out of the gate. And man, if he doesn’t play a drop dead lookalike of President Lyndon Johnson! The film also stars Anthony Mackie as Martin Luther King Jr. as he and LBJ work together (and often against one another) to pass the Civil Rights Act. The whole thing is complicated by the Vietnam War and the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.
All The Way was nominated for eight Emmys, but for some reason didn’t win any – we can’t explain why because this movie is simply wonderful. The acting is standout and the story is compelling, drawing the viewer in, as the disgusting idea of segregation is actively fought against. Further, the movie is incredibly important – the fight for equal rights was not always a rosy one. LBJ would have preferred to do the politically expedient than the right thing – it just so happened that neither was truly possible and the Civil Rights Act was passed in the United States.
An extraordinarily powerful film, Taking Chance (2009) follows Lt. Colonel Michael Strobl, wonderfully played by Kevin Bacon, as he escorts a fallen marine Chance Phelps home. Phelps was killed during a mission in the Middle East. Along the way, Strobl meets and interacts with many different people and is touched by the outpouring of love and support.
The film received generally positive reviews and captured the poignant and gut-wrenching reality of war. Some reviewers noted that the movie was almost to procedural – that it covered how a soldier who is killed in action is brought home and buried. Still, the movie is a powerful one and relatively short – just 77 minutes – so certainly worth your stream.
Based on the book of the same name by Jay Roach, Game Change follows the political journalism of Mark Halperin and John Heileman during the 2008 US presidential campaign between Barack Obama/Joe Biden and John McCain/Sarah Palin. The movie focuses predominantly on the Republican side of the ticket cataloging the many ups and downs of the ultimately unsuccessful campaign.
The movie garnered generally positive reviews, particularly for Julianne Moore’s depiction of Sarah Palin. The former governor herself has called the movie “based on false narrative.” However, former campaign manager Steve Schmidt noted that watching it was like an “out of body experience” because it was so accurate. A great film, even if you’re unfamiliar with American politics.
Too Big To Fail
Too Big to Fail catalogs the story of the 2008 financial crisis from the point of view of the men that both caused and attempted to fix it. The film is based on Andrew Ross Sorkin’s book of the same name and looks at how the US Federal Reserve and Treasury Department attempted to stop the entire global economy from crumbling, while bank executives attempted to protect their interests and their shareholders.
The movie was nominated for numerous Emmys and other awards when it debuted in 2011. The frenetic nature of the time during the collapse is expertly captured on film, drawing the viewer in. Additionally, the greed of many of the CEOs is evident and getting angry watching the film isn’t out of the realm.
Show Me a Hero
Another great miniseries based on a book of the same name, the film follows Nick Wasicsko, a former police officer and city council member in Yonkers, New York, as he fights to show the value that federally mandated-scatter-site public housing has to a white, middle-class population. It sounds really wonky…and it is. But if you enjoy political procedurals you’ll like this one.
The show spans six episodes and received critical acclaim from reviewers. Unfortunately, it did not garner high viewership, likely because of its wonky nature. The series was produced in part by David Simon, the creator of The Wire, however, so if you liked that (which you did…everyone did), give this one a try.
Golfing fans have something to look forward this weekend as that’s when the Ryder Cup will begin. The Ryder Cup is a biennial golf tournament between teams from the United States and Europe, and is considered to be most prized competitive asset according to PGA president Ted Bishop.
The English Premier League is undoubtedly the biggest football league in the world (or soccer for those living west of the Atlantic) and coveted by football fans around the world. It’s no wonder that the EPL is popular as the league features world class footballers like Sergio Agüero, Alexis Sanchez, Eden Hazard.
If you take a look at our list of supported services you should notice that we support three HBO services, HBO NOW, HBO Nordic and HBO GO. Every now and then we get emails asking us about how these services differ from each other.
Hulu has given us some great original and exclusive programming since its inception and right now is no different! Over the last several months, the streaming service has really built a killer lineup. Check out some of the great programs that you can only watch on Hulu.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone have created one of the longest running, and hilarious animated series on television. With the possible exception of The Simpsons (FXX), South Park has been one of the most plugged-in and politically active shows in the last two decades. And the best part is, you can watch the first 19 seasons right on Hulu with your subscription.