One of the most anticipated events in sports is on its way! The 52nd annual Super Bowl (Super Bowl LII) is almost upon us!
The game is scheduled to be held on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It will be the second Super Bowl that will take place in Minneapolis, which previously hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.
Expect it to be a pretty memorable game, as February in Minnesota is definitely nothing if not intense! This is the sixth Super Bowl to take place in the city.
Food & Decorations
This blog is dedicated to helping you enjoy yourself, and throwing an awesome party is just one of the ways we try to go the extra mile! So let’s create a your party atmosphere, shall we?
First, begin with cleaning your house and putting out some decorations. Throw genuine or inflatable footballs around the gathering room, and dangle balloons around. That’s the decorating done! Now let’s get on to the most important part of the party and that’s the food! You can’t make a good Superbowl party without a good variety of snacks and food, so let’s get started.
I would recommend that you choose food that doesn’t take long to prepare. Make food that is easy to serve and ensure that the guests can help themselves. Quantity is very important here!
Some of the recipes you can use
1. Loaded Nachos -
Perfect for game day or any day! This is a simple dish that is a hit with everyone. It’s simple enough to make and the flavors and colors are sure to be enjoyed.
2. Old good Country Ribs -
If your taste trends to the carnivore, you can’t go wrong with ribs. Brushed with the red-currant coat, these delicate country-style pork ribs are a load of sweetness.
3. Pretzels -
Another snacky staple from the stadium. Enjoy straight from the stove with cheddar and mustard dipping sauce.
Make sure you keep enough of the normal standby’s like Chips and Dip or Pizza and Burgers too. But food is only half of your Super Bowl preparation. Another crucial part is the beverages. Parties like this are made for a variety of beers!
Experiment with a few to work out what taste will suit the evenings events!!
Watching the Super Bowl Game
The main part of the night is, of course, to watch the game itself! When you watch the game you want to ensure that you are picking the right apps and solutions to ensure that you get the best quality stream.
Before you get into the apps, though, I want to make sure that you have a good quality VPN in your home. VPNs protect you from being monitored, so your ISP does not know what you are doing online. This is the best way of ensuring that your stream is not throttled or otherwise slowed down.
VPNs also let you bypass geographic restrictions that some service providers put on their content. With a VPN, your originating IP address is masked and it will appear as if you are actually in the country broadcasting the content!
Selecting your VPN
When selecting your VPN, stay FAR away from the free solutions. Unfortunately, they really are not very good. Not only do they tend to slow down your connection, but they can also sometimes install malicious software on your device. However, there are quite a few different paid solutions too, so which one do you go for? The one I’ve selected for myself is Shellfire VPN. There are a couple of reasons why:
- It has servers in all the countries I’m interested in, so it’s really easy to bypass the geographic restrictions. This makes watching iPlayer and Netflix very easy!
- The servers are fast. When you connect to a VPN server, your traffic is filtered through that machine. This is how what you are doing gets encrypted. If the server is slow and one with limited bandwidth, well, let’s just say that’s not good! With Shellfire I can pick and choose from multiple servers in each country.
- You have access to the Shellfire Box. This is somewhat unique among the paid solutions, as the Shellfire Box is a matchbox-sized device. You connect this device to your internet router. Once it’s connected, you can use its WiFi access point to give all other devices in your home a VPN connection! Not only is this quicker than manually configuring each device you want to connect, but it also removes the burden from the device. This speeds up the connection which is great. Another huge positive with the Shellfire Box, though, is that it works with devices that you could not otherwise protect. Smart TVs for example!
Super Bowl On Smart TV
Now that you’ve got your VPN solution sorted out, let’s talk about how you can actually get that game playing on your big screen TV. The first and probably the best app you can use is Kodi. Check out our guide for installing Kodi on your Firestick, as that’s a great starting place. The instructions for other Android boxes are very similar. Once you have Kodi installed, you can use quite a few different add-ons to access NFL Content. Check out our post for some ideas. If you do go the Kodi route, make sure that you use a VPN!
Another great app that you can look at is FuboTV. Initially created as a dedicated sports streaming app, it’s gradually expanding its footprint. Another pay solution that is really gaining momentum in the cord-cutting space is Sling TV. For a fairly reasonable monthly cost (without a contract) Sling TV gives you over 200 channels. In addition, both Sling and Fubo offer PVR functionality which is a huge plus if you want to rewind and watch that last play again!
If you prefer a PlayStation, then the PlayStation Vue is for you. It contains hundreds of different channels, as well as those related to football and games. You can use your free trial version during Superbowl to try and consider whether you want to continue using it.
This year the NFL will be hosted by NBC. You can access the content on the website or through the NBC Sports app. You can also access it through any of the NBC affiliates worldwide.
Accessing Super Bowl over BBC iPlayer
- Clear your browser cache and cookies before you start or this won’t work.
- Download and install Shellfire VPN
- Connect to a server in the UK via VPN and create an account on BBC iPlayer. Use any postcode you can think of and make sure to check your email while your VPN is still active.
- You may now play the Super Bowl on BBC iPlayer via any browser that you use, but we advise you to use Google Chrome. Don’t forget to install and run the VPN service on your device before you download and launch the BBC iPlayer app because it won’t work any other way.
- And if you missed Super Bowl 52 and want to watch it, don’t worry. It will be available on BBC iPlayer complete with subtitles.