According to the NFL, 70 percent of fans use a second screen while watching football. It’s easy to understand why: mobile devices—and the apps that run on them—give us easy access to player stats and analysis, provide interactive features to supplement the big-screen experience, and offer a convenient way to communicate with other fans watching the game.
We’ve rounded up seven of the best second-screen apps to enhance your football viewing. Take them for a spin when the season kicks off later this week, and we’re sure you’ll be reaching for them along with your remote every Thursday and Sunday until the end of Super Bowl 50.
The NFL seems as determined to conquer the second screen as effectively as they did the TV screen, offering a dizzying array of official apps. NFL Mobile, revamped for the 2015 season, remains the league’s digital flagship.
This free app gives you everything you’d expect: news, real-time scoring, video highlights, radio broadcasts, customizable team alerts, and push notifications. This year, the league has added access to Game Pass, its on-demand video subscription service. If you’re willing to pay $100 and don’t mind watching games after they’ve aired, you can replay any of the season’s 256 matchups on your mobile device.
NFL Mobile offers Verizon customers a few extra perks with a More Everything plan. You get 24/7 access to the NFL Network on your phone, and you can live stream all nationally broadcast games on that channel as well as those on CBS, NBC, Fox, and ESPN.
If you miss a game for whatever reason, NFL Mobile’s at-a-glance recap is indispensable for catching up.
(iOS, Android, Windows Phone)
If the live game broadcasts aren’t enough to sate your appetite for gridiron action, this app is a must have. Launched last season, NFL Now is a hub for the league’s troves of video: game highlights, press conferences, player interviews, analysis, and more. Select your favorite teams and players, and the app curates your own personalized video stream of existing content and original video produced just for this digital network. Best of all, your stream adapts to your behavior and recalibrates based on the videos you watch, “like,” or skip.
The basic app is free, but for $2 a month, you get an ad-free experience plus access to premium NFL video content including shows like Hard Knocks and A Football Life, as well as treasures from the NFL Films vault.
(iOS, Android, Windows, Firefox, Roku, Xbox, Apple TV)
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