Super Bowl XLV (or 45 for those needed a little help with their Roman Numerals) will be held on Sunday, February 6th, from Cowboys stadium in Dallas. This year’s edition features two popular franchises, the Pittsburgh Steelers from the AFC and the Green Bay Packers from the NFC. For those wanting to watch the Super Bowl on DIRECTV satellite, you might be wondering when and where to tune in for all of the action.
The game this year will be carried by the Fox local television network, which is available in nearly all markets served by DIRECTV. Unfortunately, one programming dispute could mean trouble for some satellite customers, as Northwest Broadcasting and DIRECTV have yet to reach an agreement over fees. The Spokane based local programmer has been looking to raise the price per subscriber by 600% on DIRECTV, leading to a blackout of local Fox programming since the beginning of the year.
For those not affected by the dispute, here is what you can expect on Super Sunday with your DIRECTV satellite system. The game itself will be broadcast on your local Fox channel, which varies by market and can be found by checking the DIRECTV channel guide. Kickoff time for the game itself will be at approximately 6:25 EST, or 3:25 on the west coast. Coverage starts at 2 PM eastern, meaning more than four hours of pre-game hype will precede the game itself. Expect the game itself to last four hours with an extended halftime show featuring the Black Eyed Peas.
DIRECTV will once again broadcast their own game on Saturday afternoon, with the return of the Celebrity Beach Bowl. The game this year may be a frigid event, as cool Dallas temperatures won’t compare to the South Beach setting of 2010. Maroon 5 will provide the post game concert and the game will once again be broadcast on DIRECTV’s in-house network, The 101.