NFL Sunday Ticket coming to PS3

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 have access to DirecTV.

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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."

From The Chatty
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    August 17, 2011 1:30 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, NFL Sunday Ticket coming to PS3.

    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 have access to DirecTV.

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      August 17, 2011 1:39 PM

      $339.95?! no thank you.

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        August 17, 2011 1:42 PM

        if your a huge football fan but don't have direct tv, thats actually not that bad.

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          August 17, 2011 1:47 PM

          i guess i am spoiled by MLB.TV's $120 price for about 2000 games per year, but 300 dollars is still too expensive to me if i were a die hard fan.

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          August 17, 2011 1:48 PM

          It is when mlb.tv gives you 2,430 games in HD along with radio access and archive viewing minutes afterwards for $150/season.

          Fuck the NFL and their stupid prices. Lower it to $150 and we have a deal.

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            August 17, 2011 1:55 PM

            People actually want to and can watch all their NFL team's games and others though. That MLB number is silly to advertise since most people wouldn't even watch 1% of those games. I am actually guaranteed to watch every Pats game and whatever else is available. Note they aren't advertising "watch 200 NFL games!" they're advertising "watch all your teams games!" I am happy to pay it and I'd never buy the MLB package, there are already more games on broadcast TV than i can watch, Red Sox or otherwise.

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              August 17, 2011 1:57 PM

              Also you can get the games streaming after the fact for $40-50 for the whole season and that includes some very useful camera angles that aren't in the normal broadcasts

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              August 17, 2011 1:59 PM

              i watch every single braves game, so 162 games, that is already less than $1 per game, and i watch a lot of other games as well. Cheaper than paying the $20 or so dollars for a nfl game.

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                August 17, 2011 2:00 PM

                and you don't need to pay a extra fee to watch the games on demand later.

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                August 17, 2011 2:02 PM

                ok, my math is probably wrong on the $20 part, but still.

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                August 17, 2011 2:42 PM

                Then that's a great value for you, but I suspect you're in a minority and that if you're actually so hardcore as to watch 200+ baseball games a year you'd happily pay $300+ for the same service while the more casual would balk at it. At the same time they obviously can't charge even $5/game to the hardcore and expect an $800 package to succeed. I can go to a bar and buy some food and beer for at least $10 every Sunday, or I can enjoy it from my own couch for a little more. I'm quite happy with that. People pay $350 in 4-5 for a slew of cable channels they don't watch, if the same price for a whole NFL season is too much (note that's not $20 for a game each weekend, that's 6 hours of entertainment plus the Redzone and Gamemix channels) then you're just not that hardcore :P

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            August 17, 2011 2:04 PM

            except that they're only out of market games, so its pretty useless (to me atleast). does the nfl thing have blackout restrictions?

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              August 17, 2011 2:19 PM

              i think this is just for out of market games as well.

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              August 17, 2011 2:44 PM

              yes, but if it's in your market then what's the problem with throwing up bunny ears and watching it OTA? It'll be better quality than DirectTV's online stream.

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                August 17, 2011 2:52 PM

                because most games aren't broadcasted OTA. it really sucks in philly because it's mostly run through comcast sports net, and you can't get that with satellite

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                  August 17, 2011 6:48 PM

                  What? NFC should be through your local FOX affliliiate from what I understand.

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                August 18, 2011 11:21 AM

                Wait are you sure they don't broadcast in market games? If that's the case, that would be the one deal breaker for me as I would want to watch Pats games on it as well. Btw, go pats!

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      August 17, 2011 1:39 PM

      Wow, fuck yeah!

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      August 17, 2011 1:44 PM

      Yikes. If I had a couple of roomates to split it with... maybe.

      I'd pay like $50 for just a single team subscription.

      Also, hopefully we'll see AppleTV support.

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      August 17, 2011 1:45 PM

      wait... I just say and advertisement last night that the sunday ticket was going to be FREE for all exsisting directv subscribers....
      so how can they justify it costing $50 for all current users and $340 for non subscribers??!?!?
      It should also be free for non subscribers.. and at most whatever the cheapest tier for directv for non subscibers....
      thats sounds like a rip off...

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        August 17, 2011 1:51 PM

        I had read the advert as new subs would get the ticket, oh, and if you move..........i would be happy though if it is all existing subs

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        August 17, 2011 1:51 PM

        DirecTV is running a '1 year of NFL ticket for free for new subscribers' deal. I assume beyond that you're still on the hook for the 340$ a year.

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        August 17, 2011 2:35 PM

        It sure as shit is not free for existing DTV customers.

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      August 17, 2011 1:47 PM

      omfg

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      August 17, 2011 1:48 PM

      update should be finished by the beginning of the 3rd quarter.

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      August 17, 2011 1:48 PM

      but i only watch longhorn football :(

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      August 17, 2011 2:03 PM

      I'd be willing to pay like $150 with ability the to watch full-game replays if it worked on PC. I guess I'm not their target market.

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      August 17, 2011 2:04 PM

      that new PS3 might appeal to me now, depends on pricing and such.

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      August 17, 2011 2:08 PM

      Great news for football fans. I'm not going to get it because I live in the market my team is and Redzone is good enough for me if my team isn't playing. This and the 360 making upgrades to ESPN 3 at the end of the month for College Football will have a great overall football season.

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      August 17, 2011 2:18 PM

      I hope I can piggyback onto my friend's Sunday Ticket subscription. :)

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      August 17, 2011 2:20 PM

      Step in the right direction!

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      August 17, 2011 2:22 PM

      Interesting.

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        August 17, 2011 2:22 PM

        What's keeping me from giving my username and password to a friend and splitting the cost of the sunday ticket subscription im already paying for on direcTV?

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          August 17, 2011 2:33 PM

          the DirectTV online thing only allows one login at a time, so nothing beyond the fact that only one of you can watch it at a time. Degenerate, cltprd and myself shared one account a few years ago. we had to synch up to watch games we wanted to see but otherwise it's do-able. they might be more strict about checking stuff now though, I have no idea.

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            August 17, 2011 2:36 PM

            Well certainly I can still watch on my TV at home, and someone can watch on their console somewhere else.

            That's what I mean.

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              August 17, 2011 2:37 PM

              That's what I did and it worked fine. Also works on phones too (although it looked like crap).

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                August 17, 2011 2:39 PM

                Yeah - I would watch one game on my TV, and load up another on the laptop.

                Heck, I could wheel another TV into the room now and watch on my PS3.

                I'm a fucking junkie.

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                  August 17, 2011 2:44 PM

                  you could also just watch Red Zone since it comes with the online subscription thingy :(

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                    August 17, 2011 2:45 PM

                    oh wait actually the online app thing let you watch like four games at a time or something absurd. they were tiny little windows and it wasn't super flexible but at least you don't have to move any furniture

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                  August 17, 2011 2:46 PM

                  That wouldn't be necessary if their interface sucked less. I don't know why it's so hard for them to make it nice to watch 2 games side by side (ie the game I care about and Redzone, no channel flippng or stupid PiP)

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      August 17, 2011 2:31 PM

      i wonder if $360 plus the price of beer is less than going to the bar every sunday with my room mates and the price of our beers there.

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        August 17, 2011 2:33 PM

        er 340.

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        August 17, 2011 3:57 PM

        This is how I'll justify it. If I went to the bar every Sunday I would easily drop $40 a day. Multiply that by 16 and I can see saving money. Hell host a game day every other Sunday and make your friends bring the food and beer and it's not hard to justify the money. Now I'd still love it to be cheaper, but I think a lot of people just see that as a lot of money up front. I wonder if they'd have better luck at selling it as $25/week and giving people the option to skip weeks if they so desire.

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      August 17, 2011 2:38 PM

      Very very interesting & tempting.

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      August 17, 2011 2:55 PM

      Cool, wonder if they'll make some kind of fancy app to run the games out of so they can offer a bunch of other features like content aware ads :(

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      August 17, 2011 3:32 PM

      If this has superfan features like ToGo, replays, Red Zone HD, I might have to justify this. I canceled TV this year to save money and NFL was the big reason I had DirecTV.

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        August 17, 2011 3:35 PM

        last year their online-only package had Red Zone and ToGo included. I don't think there were any replays though.

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          August 17, 2011 3:50 PM

          Well I'm out this year as I have to save money, but if things pick up this seems like a huge pickup for Sony. Killer App for PSN they've always wanted.

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      August 17, 2011 5:28 PM

      Anything that expands NFL Sunday Ticket to other devices is a good thing.

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      August 17, 2011 5:40 PM

      Oh, NICE! This was the reason I still pay for cable, time to cut it.

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        August 17, 2011 6:35 PM

        There's those pesky ESPN and NFL Network games, though.

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          August 17, 2011 6:48 PM

          I have Time Warner so NFL Network is out (that's so idiotic) and ESPN games, small loss.

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          August 17, 2011 6:48 PM

          That is what bars are for.