Super Bowl XLVI: Sunday on CTV and NBC

CTV and NBC have both sent out press releases with details of their respective broadcasts of the Super Bowl on Sunday. Of course CTV will show NBC’s coverage. I know many Canadians want to see the ads on NBC, more on that later. Here is an overview of the schedule on Super Bowl Sunday.

With the Vince Lombardi trophy on the line, CTV showcases one of the biggest spectacles in all of professional sports with exclusive Canadian coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI featuring Tom Brady and the New England Patriots taking on Eli Manning and the New York Giants in a rematch of SUPER BOWL XLII.

CTV’s coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI airs nationally in High Definition on Feb. 5 beginning at 12 noon ET with six hours of pre-game programming on SUPER BOWL Sunday (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

TSN2 kicks off coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI with a four-hour championship edition of SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN at 10 a.m. ET, while RDS has French-language coverage of the big game beginning on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Last year’s SUPER BOWL broadcast was the most-watched ever in Canada with a combined television audience of 7.3 million viewers on CTV and RDS*.

Fans can also listen to live Canadian radio coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI exclusively on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto, TSN Radio 990 in Montreal, and TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg, along with on Team 1410 in Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa.

Quote from Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports:

There is no bigger party, no bigger showcase of pro sports and pop culture than the SUPER BOWL, and CTV is very proud to bring the NFL’s biggest stage to football fans across the country.

Sunday NFL Countdown on TSN2 (10am-2pm ET):

Covering his 30th SUPER BOWL, Chris Berman hosts the special four-hour edition of SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN from Pan AM Plaza with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson. The MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski joins the crew from Lucas Oil Stadium with Super Bowl champions Tedy Bruschi, Trent Dilfer, Jerry Rice and Steve Young. NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter also contribute reports throughout the day.

Super Bowl on NBC Pregame:

In addition to Costas, NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya, and Football Night in America team of Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Peter King and Mike Florio will contribute to the pre-game coverage, with taped interviews and live on-site commentary and analysis. Liam McHugh, Alex Flanagan and Randy Moss will report from the team hotels, Doug Flutie will appear in field-set segments, and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore will provide reports on the weather and event atmosphere.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, two Super Bowl MVPs who each played in last year’s game, will join NBC Sports’ coverage as guest analysts. Ward, who has played in three Super Bowls and won two, was named MVP of Super Bowl XL when he made five catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Rodgers, who is an NFL MVP candidate this season, passed for 304 yards and three touchdowns in last year’s Super Bowl, helping the Packers defeat Ward’s Steelers, 31-25, and earning him the MVP award.

Super Bowl Pregame on NBC Features:

Road to the Super Bowl: Kicking off NBC Sports’ six hours of pre-game coverage at Noon ET is NFL Films’ Road to the Super Bowl. How did the New York Giants and New England Patriots advance to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis? Re-live the journey as only NFL Films can present it. Road to the Super Bowl begins with Kickoff Weekend and chronicles the 2011 NFL season utilizing NFL Films’ signature captivating video and sound from on the field, and in the locker room from exclusive player and coach wirings.

Hotel & Arrival Reports: Randy Moss will provide updates from the Patriots team hotel, while Alex Flanagan will report from the Giants hotel. They will also report on their respective teams’ arrival at the stadium.

Field Set: Doug Flutie (playing quarterback), Cris Collinsworth (wide receiver), and Rodney Harrison (defensive back) will analyze the play of Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, acting out the X’s and O’s on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Hometown Hero: How does a player get to the Super Bowl? NBC Sports will visit the hometowns of five of Sunday’s featured players — Eli Manning and Jason Pierre-Paul of the Giants, and Tom Brady, Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker of the Patriots – by speaking with the people who made an early impact on their lives, including former coaches, teachers and neighborhood friends.

Steve Gleason: Peter King tells the story of former New Orleans Saints special teams standout Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Gleason famously blocked the punt that led to an early touchdown the night the Saints returned to the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. King chronicles the challenges facing Gleason and his family while battling the debilitating muscular disease.

Vince Wilfork: Get ready, America. Here come the Wilforks. NBC Sports visits the home of New England defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, and discovers the surprising personalities behind one the fiercest players in the league.

Mathias Kiwanuka: NBC Sports examines the compelling story of Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, who grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Cathedral High School, located roughly 10 miles from Lucas Oil Stadium. However, Kiwanuka’s true roots extend back to Africa and the compelling story of his grandfather, Benedicto Kiwanuka, the first prime minister of Uganda, and a man assassinated by the regime of notorious dictator Idi Amin while he served as Amin’s chief justice in 1972.

Behind the Quarterbacks: NBC Sports will examine the people behind Sunday’s successful quarterbacks by interviewing Eli Manning’s parents, Archie and Olivia, and Tom Martinez, who has served as Tom Brady’s mentor and personal quarterback coach since high school.

Additional Features & Interviews: In addition to the aforementioned features, additional pieces will air on wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz of the Giants, and tight end Rob Gronkowski and punter Zoltan Mesko of the Patriots.

Helmet Catch: Bob Costas interviews live former Patriots safety and current NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison along with former New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree, two men who are forever linked in NFL history due to Tyree’s famous and improbable “helmet catch” in Super Bowl XLII.

Commissioner Goodell: An excerpt from Bob Costas’ one-on-one interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell from Thursday night’s Costas Tonight: Live from the Super Bowl will air.

NFL Turning Point: The NBC Sports Network program, which normally highlights the “turning point” of a game by utilizing NFL Films’ unsurpassed access and production, will examine the “turning point” of the season for both the Giants and Patriots.

Interviews: During the two weeks leading up to the game, NBC Sports conducted extensive interviews with Super Bowl XLVI players and coaches:

  • Bob Costas interviews Tom Brady
  • Dan Patrick interviews Eli Manning
  • Tony Dungy sits with Tom Coughlin and visits with Victor Cruz at his former Paterson, N.J. home.
  • Rodney Harrison interviews his former coach, Bill Belichick, and goes on the field with Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
  • Al Michaels visits with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who has dedicated this season to his wife Myra, who passed away in 2011.
  • NBC News’ Matt Lauer will interview President Barack Obama from The White House during a special pre-game edition of TODAY airing late Sunday afternoon

The Commentators:

Calling the SUPER BOWL are multi-Emmy Award-winners Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth providing play-by-play commentary and game analysis, while reporter Michele Tafoya delivers news from the sidelines at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Michaels and Collinsworth, who are calling their first SUPER BOWL together, were recently named the best NFL game announcers in a USA Today readers’ poll. Michaels has previously called the NFL’s championship game eight times, while Collinsworth has been in the broadcast booth for SUPER BOWL twice before.

Continue after the break for more information.

NFL on NBC Commentators

Bob Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award winner, will host NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVI. Costas, one of the most respected and honored broadcasters of his generation, has been closely associated with NBC Sports for more than 30 years, since joining the network in 1980. He has handled a wide array of assignments, including play-by-play, studio hosting and reporting and currently serves as the host of Football Night in America. Costas also hosted NBC’s Super Bowl XLIII coverage.

Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Al Michaels, one of the most renowned sports broadcasters of all time, and the commentator called “TV’s best play-by-play announcer” by the Associated Press, will call his eighth Super Bowl and second for NBC when he calls Super Bowl XLVI. Michaels just completed his sixth season as the voice of Sunday Night Football, and his 26th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package.

Cris Collinsworth, a 12-time Emmy Award-winner, will serve as game analyst for NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVI. Collinsworth was named game analyst for Sunday Night Football starting with the 2009 season when he replaced John Madden and has won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Analyst in each of his first two seasons on SNF.

Michele Tafoya will serve as a sideline reporter for NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVI. Tafoya joined the NBC Sports Group this season as sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football after more than a decade at ABC/ESPN where she saw her profile rise steadily since 2000 through a variety of on-air roles, most notably as a reporter for Monday Night Football and ESPN’s NFL studio programs.

Dan Patrick, regarded as one of the most accomplished, popular and versatile commentators in sports media today, will serve as co-host for NBC Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl XLVI. Patrick co-hosts NBC’s Football Night in America NFL studio show, along with host Bob Costas, analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, and reporters Peter King and Mike Florio. Football Night is the most-watched NFL studio show on television, drawing a record 8.9 million viewers in 2011. Super Bowl XLVI will be Patrick’s second for NBC.

Tony Dungy, the historic Super Bowl-winning head coach whose teams made the playoffs each of his last 10 seasons, unprecedented in his era, will serve as a studio analyst for NBC Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl XLVI. Dungy continues to be one of the most influential voices in football today, in part, due to his role as an analyst on NBC’s Football Night in America, where he has made a profound impact in just three seasons.

Rodney Harrison, the three-time All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion, will serve as a studio analyst for NBC Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl XLVI. Harrison joined NBC Sports’ Emmy-nominated studio show Football Night in America as an analyst in 2009, and has drawn significant critical acclaim for his blunt, hard-hitting style in just three seasons.

Mike Florio, who created the innovative, NFL-focused football blog ProFootballTalk, has been a regular contributor on Football Night in America since 2010 and will continue his NFL insider role for NBC Sports’ week of and game day coverage of Super Bowl XLVI.

One of the most popular writers covering the NFL, Peter King of Sports Illustrated will serve as an NFL Insider for NBC Sports’ Super Bowl coverage during the week on NBC Sports Network and on game day on NBC. King serves as a reporter for NBC’s Football Night in America studio show and, along with reporter Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, provides up-to-the-minute information about player injuries, personnel moves, and NFL news and notes. Pro Football Weekly said King “seems to be able to get anyone on the phone moments after games.”

Liam McHugh, one of the emerging voices in sports television today, continues to add to his rapidly growing workload at NBC and the NBC Sports Network by contributing to NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLVI pre-game coverage as a reporter.

Alex Flanagan will contribute to NBC Sports’ Super Bowl coverage for a second time when she serves as a reporter during pre-game. In February of 2009, Flanagan was teamed with Al Michaels, John Madden and Andrea Kremer as a sideline reporter for NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIII.

Randy Moss will serve as a reporter for NBC Sports’ pre-game coverage of Super Bowl XLVI. Moss joined NBC Sports Group in 2011 as a host for its horse racing and college football coverage on the NBC Sports Network. He has also serves as a studio host on the NFL Network and has covered horse racing for ESPN.

US Commercials

This is what I posted last year about how to (legally) see the US commercials in Canada. You may want to read this if you are planning to get together with friends. For example, if someone has Bell TV and someone else has Shaw Direct, you should probably choose the house with Shaw Direct. As far as I know all of this information (for satellite) is still true.

First, let me start off by saying that CTV does have exclusive Canadian rights and I respect those rights. If I was forced to watch their broadcast, I’d probably have no problem with that. Having said that, I have been able to watch the US commercials most of my life and I enjoy them. I know many others do too, so here are the providers where you should be able to watch US commercials by tuning into Fox on Sunday night.

Shaw Direct Satellite – Everywhere except the Toronto area (or within 15km of Toronto to be more exact) in high definition. Standard definition is more iffy. If you live in the areas of Halifax, St. Johns, Montreal, Northern Ontario, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver, you will probably only have the Canadian feed available to you in standard definition. Check all three (Rochester, Seattle, Spokane) Fox channels though. Even if you don’t subscribe to them Shaw Direct usually makes them available to everyone on Super Bowl Sunday so they don’t have to field calls from people who are getting “channel not authorized”. Who knows, maybe you will get lucky and find one American feed.

Bell TV Satellite – Everyone will have to watch the Canadian feed in high definition and standard definition, regardless of where you live. Bell doesn’t have the technology for performing simultaneous substitution that Shaw Direct has.

Cable Providers – Cable really does vary by the provider. If your cable provider gets their signals from Bell, you will likely be stuck with only the Canadian feed. Bell FibreOp and BellAliant FibreOp are among the cable providers that get their signals from Bell. For high definition and standard definition, almost everybody in every province will only have the Canadian feed available to them. However, check the timeshifting channels, sometimes those will be left with the American commercials. The Territories will most likely get a Fox feed with US commercials. Also, if you have a smaller provider or live outside of a town/city, you may have a US feed available to you.

If you are unsure of any of this, my best advice is to check CBS when The Mentalist or The Big Bang Theory airs Thursday, or Grimm or Blue Bloods on Friday. If you are getting the CBS feed, not the CTV feed, on CBS, then you will likely get the NBC feed of the Super Bowl on Sunday. You can also check NBC on Sunday afternoon as soon as the pregame show comes on which should give a conclusive answer. If all fails, you will be able to watch the ads online later Sunday night or Monday.

For now, here is a preview of Budweiser’s Canadian Super Bowl commercial that will air on CTV Sunday night. Personally, I’m not a big fan, but it is getting good reviews.

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