pre-game hype, after all the other hype, starts a 6:00 p.m. Eastern, 3:00 Pacific. The actual game is supposed to start at 6:30est and3:30pst. MST and CST, you're on your own. I think it's one hour earlier than PST.
You're probably safe turning on the TV shortly after 6:00 pm EST. By then, the pregame stuff will be pretty much over.
I've actually heard that kickoff is at 6:17 pm Eastern time... that could very well be the case.. they'll usually have weird times for kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday.
But if you don't care about six hours of pre game stuff, just turn on TV at 6:00 pm EST, it won't be too long after that, and you're guaranteed not to miss any of the game.
Game coverage starts at 6:00 PM Eastern (5:00 PM Central, 4:00 PM Mountain, 3:00 PM Pacific) on NBC.
The kickoff is scheduled for 6:28 PM Eastern (5:28 PM Central, 4:28 PM Mountain, 3:28 PM Pacific); but, there are usually delays so it will probably be later.
Sunday, February 6,2011
Teams playing: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers
Time: 6:30 ET ... 5:30 pm Central, 4:30 Mountain, 3:30 pm Pacific...The official broadcast starts at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, but (judging from past years) kickoff will be slightly after 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: At the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas
In the US:
Super Bowl XLV (45) will be hosted by FOX