While many watch the super bowl for the football, many others watch for the creative and often funny commercials. I’m personally not a fan of watching sports as I’d rather play them, but I do enjoy watching the super bowl commercials — usually after the game.
While many of these sites will show essentially the same commercials, it’s the additional features like voting, commenting, video quality and overall presentation that will make the difference. If you missed some or all of the commercials, or if you just want to see them again, here are the top ten sites for watching super bowl commercials online.
1. Hulu AdZone
When viewing a commercial at Hulu, a like and dislike button is located on either side of the ad so you can rate what you think. Just below the video player is a list of ads with their corresponding like and dislike ratings. Just below the ratings is some neat Twitter integration as well.
Hulu will be one of your best bets to see quality versions of the ads with some extra interactivity integration.
2. NFL FanHouse
NFL FanHouse nicely lays out the ads with a well designed interface and the video player is large enough by default but also includes the standard full screen mode. Quality of the ads is next to Hulu.
I did find that the ads appeared a little more blurry than Hulu or NFL FanHouse, but that may be due to the slightly larger video playing size.
You can also view the 2009 season of ads as well as view according to most viewed.
4. CBS Sports
Unfortunately, the video quality of the ads at CBS Sports wasn’t nearly as good as the previously mentioned sites. I don’t see an option to change quality settings so I can only assume the ads are just provided at a very poor quality.
Of course, YouTube includes integration with ratings, comments, sharing, etc. You’re able to search through the videos or just select Play All Videos.
The site includes a few social media integration features but lacks ratings, comments, etc. This is a site you’ll want to use if you want to view past year’s ads and can’t find them elsewhere.
Spike also includes a collection of banned commercials, classics and their most popular. Video player size and video quality is decent, with a full screen option and several sharing features as well.
Viewing the ads is limited to pages (of 8), a basic search or the best of the year. If you’re a Yahoo! fan, this might be the site for you but in general — this is towards the bottom of this list for a reason.
Some of the videos will play in the same Google Videos search window, while others will require that you visit the original video site. This method for viewing videos is much more limited than the others but if you’re in search of something specific, this will be your best bet.
The site design is rather lacking and includes more text than you’d probably want to see if you’re looking for videos but the site does include a decent site search, related categories, etc.
Where do you watch them and what’s your favorite?
Have a great site you go to for watching super bowl ads? Let us know by leaving a comment below. Also share your favorite commercial with us. This might be my favorite!