Watch the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship 14 Different Ways

Hate Kirk Herbstreit’s cringeworthy commentary?


The 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game between the No. 1 Clemson Tigers (14-0) and the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1), kicks off tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST. The game is poised (the sponsors hope) to beat out last year’s landmark television broadcast that averaged 33.4 million viewers. There are a few reasons for this. First, it’s the only game this calendar season that’ll put two Heisman Trophy finalists — Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Alabama’s Derrick Henry (winner) — up against each other. Two, it’s the second-ever final resulting from college football’s captivating new playoff system, which debuted last year. Finally, in light of the previous two games’ poor ratings, ESPN is pulling all the stops to ensure that this game will rake in the viewers.

All of which is to say that as part of their Megacast Presentation, ESPN is giving viewers unprecedented freedom to watch the game on their own terms. Tired of listening to Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit? Craving some hometown bias? Want to hear just the live sounds of the game, sans commentary? ESPN has got you covered. For ESPN’s full list of viewing options, look below.

Where to watch: ESPN or WatchESPN
Broadcast: traditional telecast
Brief: Gold-team duo Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, along with Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi reporting from the sidelines, will lead ESPN’s marquee channel.

Where to watch: ESPN2 or WatchESPN
Broadcast: Film Room
Brief: Several ESPN college football analysts, including Brian Griese and Chris Spielman, will provide continuous in-game analysis of the game.

Where to watch: ESPNEWS or WatchESPN
Broadcast: ESPN Voices
Brief: ESPN personalities — including soccer analyst Taylor Twellman and boxing trainer Teddy Atlas — watch the game “in a living room-type atmosphere.”

Where to watch: ESPNU or WatchESPN
Broadcast: Homers Telecast
Brief: Biased commentators and alma mater, like Clemson’s all-time leading passer Tajh Boyd and former Alabama’s three-time national champion Barrett Jones, analyze the game. If your team’s losing, switch for (probably) conspiracy theories.

Where to watch: SEC Network or WatchESPN
Broadcast: Finebaum Film Room
Brief: SEC Network analysts like Greg McElroy and Marcus Spears comment on the game.

Where to watch: ESPN Classic or ESPN3
Broadcast: sounds of the game
Brief: It’s ESPN’s normal game telecast, but without commentators. It’s meant to give viewers more of an “in-stadium fan experience.”

Where to watch: ESPN Goal Line or WatchESPN
Broadcast: Command Center
Brief: A split screen of live game action, along with other views such as instantaneous replays of every play and isolated camera feeds of the coaches.

Where to watch: ESPN Deportes or WatchESPN
Broadcast: Spanish-Language Call
Brief: ¿Habla Español?

Where to watch: ESPN3
Broadcast: Mock Replay Booth
Brief: Recreates an authentic replay booth experience.

Where to watch: ESPN3
Broadcast: Pylon Cam
Brief: A continuous video feed from from the eight end-zone pylons, the goal lines and the backlines of the end zones. It’s the ideal view for TD celebrations.

Where to watch: ESPN3
Broadcast: Hometown Radio
Brief: Alabama’s or Clemson’s hometown radio broadcasts will serve as commentary to ESPN’s telecast.

Where to watch: ESPN3
Broadcast: Data Center
Brief: For data guys, this feed will include valuable on-screen graphic content (drive charts, win probabilities, curated social media reaction).

Where to watch: ESPN3
Broadcast: Spider Cam
Brief: A continuous feed from the aerial camera that zips around above the field.

Where to watch: ESPN3
Broadcast: Taco Bell Student Section
Brief: If you’re more interested in the students, bands, mascots and cheerleaders at the game than the actual game, this is your guy.

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