DirecTV offering season-long streaming service of full HD football season to console owners for $340; existing subscribers can add PS3 access for $50.
Sony is padding out its roster of streaming sports services on the PlayStation 3. The console already lets users enjoy their MLB.TV and NHL GameCenter subscriptions through the PlayStation Network, and Sony today revealed it is adding NFL football to the options with NFL Sunday Ticket.
Through a partnership with exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket provider DirecTV, gamers who don't have the satellite cable service can still get access to every out-of-market NFL game each Sunday all season long. That adds up to as many as 14 games each week, all of them broadcast in 1080p high-definition, with the short-attention-span-enabling Red Zone Channel (which flips back and forth to whichever games are the most interesting) thrown in as well.
While all of the premium sports services carry a premium, NFL Sunday Ticket's is a bit steeper than the rest. The PS3 service will cost $340 for the full season, compared to $180 for the NHL service and up to $120 for the MLB's premium subscription. Existing DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers can also enable the ability to access the service through the PS3 for $50.
God the NFL has us by our balls! They know we will pay...man they make a killing. We are up to our double-chins in a recession and the NFL will post record profits, just watch.
I see this going further in the not-to-distant future...full DirectTV service on the PS3. If not this generation than next.
@stevelabny If you read the article closely, it CLEARLY states that existing Sunday Ticket subscribers can add it to their ps3 for $50. So, yes, that part is directed at me and my 3 HD receivers. That bothers me that they would charge a person who has had Sunday Ticket since it came out another $50 dollars to watch it on a ps3 when they already charge $5 a month to have the ipad app. This makes complete sense if you don't have satellite or don't want to, but for those of us who have DirecTV on every TV in the house, and use our ps3's for gaming and bluray, this is absolutely worthless. And yes, only an idiot would pay extra for this if he or she already had it.
@stevelabny I agree with you. Since it isn't priced over it's regular football packaging that exists it doesn't seem like a ripoff. Especially for people like myself, who tried to get Direct TV, but they said I had too many trees?? So I use Time Warner Cable for everything and now this looks appealing. The price tag doesn't but not to say I won't look into it.
While it isn't cheap, I am really thinking of investing in it. I wonder if the signal will be better, seeing as how its coming from cable/broadband, instead of satellite? I know Direct Tv is a satellite company so I assume it's all satellite broadcast, but just wondering. I still want to get it, I just have to twist my other halfs arm.
the comments are getting dumber every minute. @100proofsoco - youre going to cancel your service because directv is trying to get new customers? genius. @crabcola - you already have directv but you think its being marketed to you? if you have more than one directv receiver you pay $6 per month... or now for $50 you can use your ps3 as a 2nd receiver for footbal only... while your parents/siblings/children can watch blurays or play games on the other tv. if you already have directv with 2 rreceivers (like i do) YOU DONT NEED THIS SERVICE. But again,why would it bother you for existing? its like saying, "i'm bald, so all hair salons and barber shops are scams and wastes of money!"
@jlj905 The $50 is basically upgrading Directv to be used on a computer/laptop/mobile device (called Directv To-Go). What is special about this PS3 option is that you don't have to sign up for Directv to order Sunday Ticket. If you read my post earlier, you are saving about $1600 over 2 years of Sunday Ticket. Or you can save $2600 by going outside.
@SkamArtist, thanks, and your right i never about the people who moved away from their teams. this wouldbe good for them. if u had friends with a box you can get free direct tv if u have your own dish:)
if ur already a subscriber, why would u need to pay more money to access something ur already paying for access to on your DirecTV connected TV. Don't make no sense!
The Browns are getting a lot of media attention lately. I wish it wasn't so steep. I know it is about the same price if you get it with DirecTV, but it just seems like it could be cheaper. I wish they would do something to where you can watch only certain teams. I live in Southeast Missouri, so we get Rams and Titans game regularly, and now all the sudden Chiefs games, I guess cuz they are good now. Anyways, lets say I get this, I don't really want to pay for the Rams or Titans, because Fox and CBS will play those here because of where I live. I would be more willing to pay for teams I can't watch already, like the Packers or Browns for example. So I would be more willing to pay for those teams, but not the others or the Titans and Rams. So I wish they had some kind of package based on what teams you want to follow. It's not only the NFL network I wish was like that, MLB.tv as well. But I doubt that will happen. I had the free trail of MLB tv with my purchase of The Show, but I found that service wasn't worth it to me because I couldn't watch Cardinals games because of where I lived. Would the NFL network be the same way?
I looked at DirecTV's website and apparently NFL Sunday Ticket (w/o promotion) is $334.95. So this is only $5.00 less than the PS3 streaming service. Also, it seems that the $50.00 charge for existing customers is not just for the ability to stream on the PS3, but it is for the NFL Sunday ticket To-Go service. It says that this will allow you to get Sunday ticket on a PC, iPhone, tablet, Android, Blackberry smartphones and Windows Mobile devices, and Palm Pre. Not to offend anyone but some of you need to do a little research first before you start complaining.
Keep in mind, Sunday Ticket is currently $335 before even signing up for Directv. Signing up for Directv costs you at least $37/month (if you sign a 2 year contract with "free" Sunday Ticket), but this rises to $82/month after just the first 3 months. After the first 12 months, the price goes up to $118. Additionally, the "free" Sunday Ticket is only for the first year. You can opt out of the 2nd year of Sunday Ticket without penalty, and you can opt out of the rest of the contract with a $20/month penalty. So, You can pay the $390 + $250 = $640 to get a PS3 and watch football games for the first year, + another $390 to get to $1030 for 2 years. Or you can pay $2600 to have Directv and get Sunday Ticket for 2 years (the only way to watch Sunday Ticket the 2nd year is to keep the contract going). In the PS3 case, you have a gaming/media system with access to other subscription services like netflix (and hulu+?), and on the other hand you'll have cable tv access. data: http://www.cnbc.com/id/44090298
I just told my wife about this and she says,"Good, now you can stay home and watch football games instead of going out to the bar every Sunday." Needless to say I won't be getting this service!
Agreed. Considering the fact NFL Sunday Ticket is free with a two-year DirecTV contract, the $340 for PlayStation 3 access likely includes an upcharge for those who are not satellite subscribers.
damn that's a high price. My best friend always saying he is broke; I guess i know why now, he has the NFL ticket for direct tv. I thought my cable bill was high lol.
@crabcola They want you to go mobile in 1080p HD. You can promote for them if you choose to take it to someones house or say a cafe. @incuensuocha When I lived in California I paid the price to watch the Bears play. Plus, if you're into fantasy football like me, you will love this service. The ability to watch your player at any given time is awesome rather than looking at stats. I myself think paying to watch football is stupid. Why can't it be free? You're already making millions and millions of dollars not to mention destroying game companies because of NFL rights to EA. What more does the NFL want? Stick to websites that stream for free that's my opinion.
Another convenience of having it stream on your PS3 is the possibility to take your PS3 elsewhere and still be able to watch Sunday Ticket. Just think if you are out of town or if you just want to take it over a friends house. Just a thought.
If you do not see the significance of this you either do not understand the popularity of the NFL... or you have never lived in a dorm hall. I would have loved this opertunity in college... and would have gladly payed the cost for the Golden Ticket.
@crabcola : No, this offer is for people who use other cable networks that don't offer this service. What I really think is nonsense is when premier local team games are played only on this exceptionally expensive channel. I'm sure that if the NFL thought it feasible, pay-to-watch would be the only way to see the NFL. (And they'd still have commercials.)
The only thing that might hurt these guys would be if basic television stations started carrying football games, for free.
Seriously??!! I already HAVE Sunday Ticket. Why would I pay to watch it through my ps3 when I can already watch it on the exact same TV through the satellite receiver?? Hello??? Does DirecTV just assume we are stupid? If you are an existing subscriber, and you buy this feature, you might be just that.
So for someone whos shelled out hundreds of dollars already for this service already, they want another $50 to stream it to your PS3. Im cancelling my Sunday ticket as we speak based on principal alone. "oh you want another $50, how about $0 instead."
What sucks even more about that price is that with so many games being played at the same time and on the same day it's not like a fan can really watch that many more games. Sure you can choose your game, but $340 just to choose your game? Wow!!
you guys do realize that this is pretty much the same price DirecTV charges their customers??? and has been for years (there has been price creep like everywhere,but even 10 years ago I was paying at least $260 for this) This isn't a new price point. Its the one that has existed as long as Sunday Ticket has.
I'd consider getting a package like Sunday Ticket if it were for a sport I actually watch. $340 per season might be fair to a football fan (it's sure cheaper than getting tickets to the games, and it's more convenient than having to fight traffic and find a parking spot), but it's not such a great deal to someone who likes the NFL but isn't a hardcore fan.
@monson21502 I gave you a thumbs up because you are a skins fan. So am I, but the problem for me is that I don't live in DC anymore and I cannot currently get DirectTV . So this sounds like a possible option for me to consider.
@bballabarry I agree, I was thinking me and three of my friends...that would be $85.00 each. Not bad at all.
I'm pretty sure Sony had to pay a pretty penny to get the rights from Direct TV to broadcast NFL Sunday ticket. I mean hell, Direct TV just paid the NFL 4 BILLION dollars to extend their contract until 2014. Direct TV was already paying about 700 MILLION dollars a year. I'm not at all surprised at the price.
WOW! I was liking what I read until I saw that price. It is so much more than NHL and MLB packages. I will wait until they reduce the price...if they do.
@Twztid13.... Your lucky. I'm a displaced Dolphin fan that moved over to England. I think I'll be able to see a few games over here, but I'm sure they will only show the teams with a winning pedigree or those who have some sort of recognition outside of the states.
You know, I love how companies like DirecTV will offer some great plan at a stupidly low rate to new subscribers, and yet screw over the ones who have loyalty subscribed to that same plan for years, but have seen their rates jacked up year after year to where it's no longer affordable. Its sad how quickly the loyal consumer is forgotten.
I'd love to have this but 300 dollars!!! are you freaking kidding me? I'd probably pay the 120 mlb charges but even that'd be pushing it
it's great for fans with favorite teams that suck, or aren't local. i'm a huge Dolphins fan living in Texas (can't stand the Cowboys), and i might get to see 3-4 games a season when they do WELL the prior season (like when they has Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas, Patrick Surtain, the un-weed headed Ricky Williams, back to Dan Marino, Mark Duper, Mark Clayton, etc). this season i may get to see 2 games if 'm lucky (and that's usually when they play a local team). usually, they will be scheduled on CBS, then they will take over it with a Texan's game when they play. i hate that. i also don't have 340$, but that's great option for people who don't have sattelite to be able to watch their teams games every week. if i were a Cowboy's or Texan's fan (in Texas), this would be useless, as they play their games in HD every week.
Hey Philly it's $340 total IF you want to ADD PS3. You can't watch the package for 50 bucks just because you own a ps3. If that was the case everyone would be running out buying a ps3 so they could save 290 bucks on the NFL package. And yes I'm dumb according to you.
Or...I could just watch it on regular TV in regular HD. 340$ for a full season? If anyone is that dumb enough to spend that much just to watch a sport, then...man....I can't even comprehend anyone paying that. I know about the 50$ service through PS3, but Im more concerned about the people who don't own a PS3 and spend THAT much.
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