Catch Those Super Bowl Ads Online

The Super Bowl is still essentially a US cultural experience, but so many millions of dollars are spent on the ads during the game that they often become an online talking point even for people (like me) who couldn’t tell you who was playing (or what they were playing). Take a look at some places you can catch up, in case one of them is blocked at work.

YouTube offers a neat grid view of all the multi-million-dollar marketing spectacles at Ad Blitz 2009. Click on an ad and it pops up and plays right from the grid. Those with better connections will want to hit the YouTube logo on a truly worthy ad to get to its own page, though, and check out the (usually available) high-quality version.

The links, however, stream from, and send you to, Hulu’s site, so anyone lacking access to the increasingly popular web player are out of luck.

Office-locked watchers might find more luck at Fanhouse’s Super Bowl Commercials site, which conveniently breaks the ads into the quarters they were aired during and, like YouTube, offers a full-screen view and embedding of any ad. By sheer lack of mass name recognition, there’s a pretty good chance Fanhouse isn’t blocked by most smaller office’s IT departments, also.

Still no luck getting through? Try the Spike network’s compilation, Google Video, AdWeek’s collection, or, on an off chance, MySpace. Finally, MSNBC offers both every video and a grid-based voting system at its Ad Showdown.

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