You can watch the Super Bowl online for free, but there are a few catches. For starters, you're out of luck on phones unless you're a Verizon customer. Verizon has exclusive rights on phones, where you can watch through the NFL Mobile app. Otherwise, find another device, reports the AP. Options: Fire up the Fox Sports Go app on many streaming TV devices, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox. Fox is suspending its usual requirement that you log on with a cable or satellite account, meaning it's free. If you can't get to a TV, try the Fox Sports Go app on a tablet or FoxSportsGo.com on a laptop or desktop.
If you're more into the ads than whether the Atlanta Falcons or New England Patriots come out on top, know this: Fox's online stream will get you most of the same ads shown on television, where a 30-second spot goes for about $5 million. The stream will include local ads, thanks to a technology Fox is employing to customize the stream to your local station. The catch is that a handful of stations aren't participating, so you may see a static screen denoting a commercial break. There may also be a few cases in which a national or local advertiser has bought the spot for television only; a substitute ad may appear online in its place. You can also watch many of the ads on the web. Fox is planning to showcase ads at FoxSports.com. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox. (Read more Super Bowl LI stories.)