Sony has announced a deal with satellite TV provider DirecTV that lets fans get the premium NFL Sunday Ticket package using a PlayStation 3 console connected to the PlayStation, even without a DirecTV subscription.
For DirecTV subscribers, NFL Sunday Ticket costs $334.95. For those without, the premium service costs an additional $5. On top of that, it costs an additional $50 to turn a PS3 into an additional football fan’s dream receiver. That’s more expensive than the PS3 console itself costs, especially with Sony Computer Entertainment’s recent price drops to $249 for the 160GB hard disk drive model and $299 for its 320GB sibling.
NFL Sunday Ticket includes access to up to 14 out-of-market, high-definition football games every Sunday, along with DirecTV’s Red Zone Channel.
Dedicated sports programming is nothing new to PS3 owners, who can use the console to watch Internet-delivered content (or Blu-ray movies) on the TV screen. Already available is an app that lets MLB.TV subscribers view that service via their console, with a basic subscription costing $99.95 and a premium version costing $119.95. Similarly, PS3 owners can use it to watch NHL GameCenter LIVE if they have already paid $169 for an annual subscription, which includes the NHL Vault classic games replay service.
DirecTV customers in the U.S. with NFL Sunday Ticket already can watch it on a limited number of mobile devices using the To-Go option. The provider now has expanded To-Go compatibility to include Motorola’s Xoom and Samsung Galaxy tablets; Motorola’s Android phones; the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry devices with 3G or wifi, Palm Pre/Pixi, and other Droid-branded phones.
Also new for this season, DirecTV is partnering with NFL.com to launch an NFL.com Fantasy Football TV app that will allow NFL.com fantasy players with connected set-top boxes to put their NFL.com Fantasy Football teams and scores directly on their TV screen while watching every game.
“We are constantly looking at new ways to enhance the NFL viewing experience and create more value for the loyal fans who continue to make this our most popular and dynamic sports subscription service,” said Tony Goncalves, senior vice president, Product Management for DirecTV. “With the growth in mobile and connected consumer electronics devices, we believe it makes sense to enable viewers to watch their favorite team on more of those devices, like gaming consoles, whose users include legions of NFL fans.”
Note to readers: This story has been amended to give accurate information regarding the pricing.
DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket – http://tinyurl.com/22t54ph
PlayStation Blog post – http://tinyurl.com/3tkvwgq