While the games press is focused squarely on Europe, SCEA took some time to announce a megaton for Americans. Sony has partnered with DirecTV to bring its NFL Sunday Ticket subscription service to the PS3. Best of all, the service will be available even for those that don't currently have access to DirecTV. That means PS3 owners will be able to watch every "out-of-market" Sunday game.
The service will be a console-exclusive on the PS3, at least for this season. "We don't have any plans this season to bring [NFL Sunday Ticket] to another game console," DirecTV's Robert Mercer told Shacknews. "We just want to work with a single partner this time around to give everyone a great experience."
NFL Sunday Ticket offers up to 14 NFL games every Sunday, with full HD support for every game. In addition, the subscription also offers access to DirecTV's Red Zone channel, which recounts "the final yards of every scoring drive on one dedicated channel."
Existing DirecTV customers will be able to access the service on their PS3 for $50--the cost of the Sunday Ticket "To Go" program--and "use the PS3 as an additional receiver for your home." If you don't have access to DirecTV, you'll be able to subscribe to one season of the Sunday Ticket for $339.95. (That is close to the cost of adding the service to an existing DirecTV account: $335.)
"We know that PlayStation fans are huge sports enthusiasts, so adding NFL Sunday Ticket is the perfect complement to the PS3’s rapidly growing lineup of sports entertainment, including MLB.TV and NHL GameCenter," Philip Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Business Development said on the PlayStation.Blog. "I hope you’re as excited for the football season as we are."