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CBS to stream Super Bowl 50, AFC playoffs & two regular-season NFL games free to Apple TV

CBS on Wednesday announced that it will stream the Super Bowl, the AFC playoffs, and two regular-season NFL games to a wide range of devices and platforms, including Apple TV, for free, with no authentication required.

CBS will offer free streams of the New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins in London on Oct. 4 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, as well as the Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.

Those will be the first time ever for the NFL on CBS to stream a regular season game.

Coverage will continue with the AFC playoffs, when CBS will stream the Wild Card, Divisional, and Championship games. And like rival network Fox did last year, CBS will also stream Super Bowl 50 live.

However, last year Fox made the Super Bowl available on iOS, but this year's championship situation is murkier.

In its press release, CBS said that streaming coverage will be available on "laptops, desktops and tablets at," with smartphones left out of the mix. The network did say that streaming coverage on phones will be available to Verizon customers on phones through NFL Mobile, suggesting that a potential exclusive contract could be at play.

It is unclear whether CBS and the NFL plan to block Web streams on mobile phones. The press release also made no mention of Apple's iPad, though presumably that would fall under the tablet category of compatible devices mentioned by the broadcaster.

Other "connected TV devices" that will stream the games are Microsoft's Xbox One, Google's Chromecast, and Roku players.

"We're very excited to offer more NFL on CBS streaming coverage across more digital platforms than ever before," said Jeffrey Gerttula, senior vice president and general manager of CBS Sports Digital. "All NFL fans will have access through their computers, tablets and now Connected TVs to two regular season games for the first time in addition to all of the AFC playoff action, culminating with a truly historic Super Bowl."