Sites let you see Super ads you missed
NEW YORK — If you missed any of the Super Bowl ads your friends and co-workers are talking about, Hulu, CBS and YouTube are among the websites that let you watch them.
To see all of the ads, you may have to check multiple sites. Hulu and CBS, for instance, didn't have a pre-game Prudential ad that YouTube had. By Monday afternoon, Hulu had the most ads posted — 78 — but a handful of them were teasers that ran before Super Bowl Sunday.
The three sites treat the ads as regular video content, like a clip or a full episode. That means you're free to rewind or fast forward through them, unlike ads normally shown there. None of the three sites offer much commentary on individual ads. For that, you can simply type "Super Bowl commercials" into a search engine to find plenty of other sites and blog posts.
Click on that link and sit back. Hulu will run through the top Super Bowl ads, ranked by the number of "likes" on Facebook. Wait a few seconds after one finishes for Hulu to automatically play the next one. Skip any ad by clicking on the next one on the menu underneath.
Or scrap what Facebook thinks and choose any of the ads, presented alphabetically by the name of the advertiser. If you are signed in with a Hulu account (either free or Hulu Plus), you can add specific ads to your queue for viewing later.
CBS Corp.'s sports site has about 60 ads available, including nine from Coca-Cola set aside in a separate section. The remaining ads are sorted by quarter, so you can jump to just the ads shown during the third quarter of the game, for instance. Don't count the groupings as authoritative, though. A few of the spots appeared to be placed in the wrong order. Pre- and post-game ads are excluded.
The next commercial will play, in the listed order of airtime, even when you're viewing the menu of ads alphabetically by brand name.
What CBS doesn't have is a listing of all the ads arranged by brand name. You can only sort by brand name within each quarter. And though you can share video with others, there's no voting for your favorite, as Hulu and YouTube allow.
You can browse about 50 ads, choose a specific brand from a list or view ads by quarter or halftime. YouTube appears to do a better job of grouping ads correctly. One flaw with the Google-owned site: Once you click on an ad to watch, it takes over the page. When you return to your menu of ads, the video stops. YouTube does automatically play another ad when you're done, but not in any apparent order.