NFL Sunday Ticket Comes To PS3, Android Tablets

DirecTV is taking strides to open up its NFL Sunday Ticket package, which lets viewers watch games not televised in their home markets. This season, non-DirecTV subscribing PlayStation 3 owners can access the service through an app for $340. The package includes the RedZone channel, which switches through different games between plays throughout the day.

The satellite provider is also expanding its $50 NFL Sunday Ticket To-Go app, which streams the service to PCs and mobile devices, to the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy. DirecTV subscribers who own PS3s can opt for a $50 add-on that lets them use the PS3 as an additional receiver in their homes.

According to Engadget, the online-only PC and mobile package, first offered last year, is $350.

If you’re an NFL fan, is NFL Sunday Ticket worth the price?

DIRECTV and PlayStation Bring NFL Sunday Ticket to PS3 [PlayStation Blog]

DirecTV brings NFL Sunday Ticket to Android tablets and the PS3 this fall [Engadget]

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  1. SPOON - now with Forkin attitude says:

    who cares. sports is for loosers.

    • JoeDawson says:

      so is spelling?

    • JoeDawson says:

      And Grammar?

    • TuxMan says:

      People who “support their team” by watching and drinking beer are idiots.

      You PLAY sports.

      When the team you are watching wins, you gain nothing.
      When the team you are playing on wins, you gain everything.

      • Cat says:

        True. So true.

      • Cerne says:

        Because it is impossible to be someone who both plays sports and watches them.

        Let me ask you something?

        Do you read books instead of writing them?

        Do you watch TV instead of making your own shows?

        Why are you reading a blog instead of just making your own?

        • IgnoramusEtIgnorabimus says:

          The idea behind those items is to learn something new even though 90%+ of them fail miserably at it. Sports is an activity, if you’re not part of it then watching a random numbers generator is just as exciting, there sure are some items that are fun to watch: crashes, explosions, broken spines etc. but a youtube summary is sufficient to got the laughs, no one needs to watch 10 hours of people randomly running across the field in opposite directions or 500 laps in mom’s family car in anticipation of the 2-3 minutes of something interesting and unexpected happening. But I guess some people are just very easily entertained.

          • Coffee says:

            *gasp*

            Choking…on…smug…self-impor-

            /dies

            • IgnoramusEtIgnorabimus says:

              Yes, self importance… feel free to enlighten the dissidents as to how we can benefit ourselves from NFL

              • Coffee says:

                Unless you’re a Dharma Buddhist (or its religious equivalent), I’m not sure why enlightenment is so important to you. Need every activity be a profound life lesson? Is everything that profound to you? Sometimes, people just want to spectate. Looking down on them for it says more about you than it does about them.

                • IgnoramusEtIgnorabimus says:

                  If people wanted to spectate they’d spend more time with their kids, watching them play, at least there is marginal satisfaction to be had from teaching them to run straight and not trip over their own feets. This is not about spectating, we all know that the average NFL/NBA/alphabets “fan” is not watching the game because they accidentally flip past a game and thought “gee this looks like an interesting scenario to be played out,” they are there because they have been branded by their family or peers with a specific life view of their “favorite team/sport” much like children born in certain religious circles tend to stick within them. This has nothing to do with leisure entertainment but a certain inability to break free of the box they have willingly dropped into. Case in point, nascar, no intelligent being (human or what not) can possibly enjoy this event for more then 5 minutes, sure the first time you see it and the roar of the engines along with fumes and cold beer can get you somewhat energized but then they get to lap 10-20-30 and if there is any slightest thought going through your head its that they keep on doing nothing but driving in circles for hours on end, you just paid to watch a merry go round to the point of nauseating repetition. This is why I compare it to religion, some mind set, same people, same indoctrination, having the “privilege” of gone catholic school, and paying dearly for it in college (jesus aint the best boolean mathematician), I am aware that the mass rotates every 4 years. I don’t mean the same topic, I mean that outside of a 5minute speech the whole thing is a carbon copy, on top of the yearly semi copies. Why do people do it? “because its what makes me feel ____” and why does it do that? because they have been explicitly told that church will give them “peace of mind, comfort, happiness, personal relationship with god” …all the things that are either unrelated or entirely fabricated. If the bears with the superbowl what possible impact will it have on your own personal life? I remember the city going mad when they got close same with the sox, who cares if they won their series? I worked 2 blocks away and to this day I had no benefits from it, just the nuisance of thousands of illegally parked cars and truly EPIC traffic jams. And yet Mr and Mrs airhead will fork over hundreds of dollars to be able to get in on the action which amounts to sitting in a plastic seat and screaming at the ants on the field. WHY? I don’t need everything in my life to be beneficial to my mental well being but this is not an ICEE, these people pay serious money and waste thousands of hours INDIVIDUALLY on a task that has no possible benefits. Its just like dancing with 5 hours spinning about ones arse without getting anywhere, albeit without the marginal amount of exercise. Since you seem to be the NFLs apologist, please do explain why should one sit in front of TV watching the event instead of lets say something pointless but stimulating as watching Frasier.

                  • Cerne says:

                    Wow just wow.

                    so you:

                    1) Are one of those Atheist who make the rest of us look bad by preaching with as much bias and ignorance as any crazy religious nut.

                    2) You somehow have confused personal preference with intelligence.

                    3) So close minded and ignorant that you can’t understand why someone would enjoy something you don’t.

                    4) A total asshole.

                    • IgnoramusEtIgnorabimus says:

                      1) No, I am stating the facts, if the facts are somehow not to your liking then present facts that we can both agree on, just because you’re being respectful of peoples superstition does not mean that its justifiable, this whole “god is untouchable” taboo is over and I am not going to lend any credibility to the religious groups.
                      STATEMENT OF FACT: we do not know if there is a god or an afterlife. COUNTERARGUMENT?
                      STATEMENT OF FACT: promises given in church are not enforceable by any known means or process.
                      COUNTERARGUMENT?
                      STATEMENT OF FACT: stupid people are defined to be: of poor judgement, unable to understand simple concepts, unable to adapt to new circumstances, unable to justify their decisions through sound logical reasoning based upon OBJECTIVE data available. COUNTERARGUMENT?
                      STATEMENT OF FACT: correlation between wealth and IQ is not very strong. COUNTERARGUMENT?
                      STATEMENT OF FACT: intelligence is frequently inversely proportional to the level of spirituality as is exemplified by the very poor spirituality polls of STEM professionals. COUNTERARGUMENT?

                      2) No, you somehow confused the grouping I was addressing, there is nothing wrong with a large minority of people that enjoy sports to a limited extent, same with dancing, spiritual views, republicans and democrats. I was aiming my comment at the overwhelming majority of people that are die hard zealots, the ones that wear their teams shirts to work, got a paid subscription to the sunday ticket but only a gallon of gas in the car at any one time, the ones that tip over cars when there is enough of them concentrated in an unsupervised area at any one time. These are the people that I have an issue with. Coincidentally, these are the same people that tend to cause the havoc in the middle east for much the same reasons just a branding. (I would like to make an exception for the uni bombers and the like which are just flat out insane but of high IQ which also has a high correlation in the genius range, both parts of the spectrum are problematic for different reasons)

                      3) On the contrary, I am very open minded, I know WHY they enjoy it, its about the primeval urges that get released, its about how you deal with the reptilian part of your brain. Rape, drugs, sports and writing a witty letter to the editor of New York times are all in the same class of dealing with the primeval urges, but I would not advocate rape even though I completely understand the mechanism of instant gratification behind it. I DO NOT MIND SPORTS, but use the nike slogan “just do it” there is a field everywhere around the country to get your rage out in a semi productive manner, at least you loose your gut that can cost you your heart someday. The issue is that watching these teams religiously and connecting emotionally to what happens on the field is as mentally disrupting as drug usage, sure you may not have a hole in your head but you loose your personality all the same, you become the model customer, a person that lives only to consume the media which is entirely empty of thought inducing stimulus, its all a chemical reaction.

                      4) Thank you for your well reasoned argument, which is filled with factual points and concluded with an ad hominem attack. I may disagree with your assessment but will defend to death your right to make unsubstantiated generalizations without so much as proving me wrong on any of the points previously made. Had your response been well thought out and organized, I might have learned some thing that would influence me to change my mind as to think that I have wasted my life studying boolean algebra and transistor layouts when I should have spend my time drinking NFL sponsor beer, eating my NASCAR sponsor cheezy pooofs, and enjoying the sight of 20 people running around on the field which I have never met but feel more attached to then my 7 neglected children.

      • Coffee says:

        People who “support their team” by watching and drinking beer are idiots.

        People who make sweeping, judgmental generalizations about other people’s hobbies are idiots.

        When the team you are watching wins, you gain nothing.
        When the team you are playing on wins, you gain everything.

        What does this even mean? Is it meant to sound profound? You’re just making hyperbolic statements.

    • GoSpursGo says:

      Sounds like the kids on the football team gave you hard time for being in band. You probably wore stupid clothes, too.

    • Quake 'n' Shake says:

      As opposed to trolling in the comments of a blog.

    • consumeristjohnny says:

      I am not loose, and none of my friends who watch sports are loose. Well there is my one friend who will have sex with anybody, so yes, some people who watch sports are looser.

  2. Cat says:

    Back in my day, TV – and watching football on the TV – were free.

    • Downfall says:

      There’s just as much free football now as there ever was– during the regular season, you’re basically guaranteed three free games a week and usually get four-five (one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and Sunday Night and a second game in the morning and/or afternoon depending on your media market and blackouts). For those who live far away from the teams they root for, or are otherwise unsatisfied with what the local media offers, they have the option of paying more to get more. An option that was unavailable at any price to fans just twenty years ago. Nothing has been taken away from anybody, but an incredibly valuable option has been added for hardcore fans.

      • Cat says:

        “Nothing has been taken away from anybody”

        Monday Night Football?
        The Rose Bowl?

        Watch those without paying. Go ahead. And when you pay your bill, realize that a portion of your money is being set aside to make yet another sporting event available only by paying ESPN.

        • Downfall says:

          Sunday night football is now free and Monday night football is on ESPN. There’s no net loss in the number of free games available to you. Not only that, but the ‘free evening’ game has been improved, because now they can flex to show a match-up that will actually be interesting/relevant, instead of sticking us with two teams already out of playoff contention. The NFL has improved what it offers for free, and offered more stuff for people willing to pay. To the extent you have complaints about what college ball has done, that has nothing to do with the NFL.

          • Cat says:

            Monday night football is on ESPN, and you MUST PAY for ESPN. What part of “FREE” do you not understand? You do know you don’t have to pay for TV, right?

            This isn’t about the NFL, it’s about ESPN and their quest for galactic sports domination, making them a sports monopoly and the default gatekeeper to which everyone must pay tribute in order to watch any sporting event. Even if you aren’t a sports fan, but pay for TV, you are feeding the ESPN monster. Their contracts require providers to include ESPN on their most popular packages – and ESPN is the most costly of non-premium networks, running about $4+ per subscriber. So, if say, Comcast was to offer an economy package without ESPN, and it became popular, ESPN’s provisions would kick in and FORCE Comcast to include ESPN in that package, or lose the rights to carry ESPN completely.

            We used to call this “extortion”.

            • Downfall says:

              Yes, I know ESPN costs money. But previously sunday night football was on ESPN and monday night was free. Now, sunday night is free and monday night is on ESPN. There’s no net change. If you really want to watch it on monday night, feel free to record it (presumably, with your old-fashioned VCR) and watch it then. As for complaint about what’s in ESPN contracts, those are contracts voluntarily entered into by sophisticated companies. I’ll assume your description is accurate, but that is not and never has been termed “extortion” under any legal regime. You’re perfectly free to go cable-free and get just as many free NFL games as you ever did over your rabbit ears. For people who like the game enough to want to have access to everything, we have an option too.

              • Cat says:

                “those are contracts voluntarily entered into by sophisticated companies. “

                Because the alternative is – NO ESPN on your cable system. I think it’s great that you can choose to pay for more if you want… but I don’t believe anyone should be forced to choose between a “bottom feeder” package or a popular but pricey package that includes ESPN. Since ESPN controls most the majority of TV sporting events, a cable provider has little choice but to bow to ESPN’s demands, or provide very little in the line of sports – and therefore, loose customers to Dish / DirecTV.

                But you’ve missed my point entirely, and your story has become tiresome.

                • PercyChuggs Was Found At JFK Airport says:

                  My cable package has about 50 channels I don’t want, and I pay for those as well, along with ESPN.

                • Downfall says:

                  Actually, you started off complaining about how football “used” to be free. When confronted with the fact that there’s as much free football as there over was, you shifted your complaint to ESPN’s alleged extortion scheme. When confronted with the fact that what you described wasn’t extortion, you then complained that ESPN has mystical power over cable providers. When confronted with the fact that such negotiations are arms-length between sophisticated parties, you then mumbled something about an alleged imbalance in market power– apparently ignoring the fact that if ESPN was charging too much, a competitor could decline to provide ESPN, offer a lower price, and take advantage of the market. You then claimed I missed your point, apparently attempting to salvage what was left of your dignity. Don’t worry; it’s a common tactic on the internet and nobody reads sub-comments anyway. Feel free to ramble on about how getting the option to acquire more is somehow worse.

    • dork says:

      But you could (and still can) only get the in-market games for free, and only if they’re not blacked out. Here in Western New York, we hope for Bills home games to get blacked out, so that we can actually see some good football teams play.

      • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

        …and we here in Toronto, who are unfortunately considered the Bills’ market, think likewise. Then again, we have options here when it comes to Sunday Ticket–we’re not stuck with going with one carrier (DirecTV in your case) to get it. All the cablecos and BellTV and Shaw Direct carry it. Of course, if you’ve cut the cord, you’re SOL in that respect, as there’s no Canadian option for (legal) streaming of Sunday Ticket without a cable/satellite subscription. Of course, when did that stop any Canadian with a basic knowledge of Google searching from streaming whatever game tickled his/her fancy?

    • PercyChuggs Was Found At JFK Airport says:

      Back in “your day”, if you lived in Kentucky and wanted to watch every Vikings game, you couldn’t. Now you can.

      I like MY day better than yours.

      And I know that in the Twin Cities, when the Vikings are on Monday Night Football on ESPN, the local ABC affiliate carries the game, so people who can’t afford, or are too cheap, to get cable can watch it.

      • Mighty914 says:

        Back in his day, the Vikings were a lot better than they are now :)

        Although I’m sure McNabb can right the ship…

  3. jojo319 says:

    In reading the article, it states “viewers who do not currently have access to DIRECTV will be able to subscribe to NFL SUNDAY TICKET at the season price of $339.95.”. Is this the same deal as last year where this is ONLY available to people who CAN’T get DirecTV where they live? No place for dish, etc…. Not having access isn’t the same as just not wanting DirecTV.

  4. theblackdog says:

    Eh, Verizon’s NFL app already gives me access to the Red Zone channel, and I hope they don’t take that away!

    Luckily being in the DC area, I can still get my Ravens fix unless they’re playing a team that normally broadcasts on Fox at the same time the ‘Skins are playing.

  5. LiveToEat says:

    Sunday NFL ticket does not give you access to all the games. A few years ago we had the cheapo DirecTV plan which did not come with ESPN. My husband was big into fantasy football so we paid for the NFL Sunday Ticket. Only problem is if a game was shown on ESPN it did not come on NFL Sunday Ticket, which ended up being a lot of games and ones he really wanted to watch.

    • Downfall says:

      Today I learned that there’s such a thing as a cable plan which doesn’t include ESPN.

    • quanimal says:

      ESPN only shows the Monday night game. Which as you say, is not all of the games and that would suck for the weeks where the Monday Night game is good, but then again, you aren’t subjected to Jon Gruden’s awful commentary.

  6. suez says:

    For a second I was excited, but when it costs more than my PS3 machine itself…?! I’m only interested in Packer games, so I’ll keep doing what I’m doing and finding it streaming online for free.

  7. glasscocked says:

    Does that REALLY say it’s $340??? Good lord.

  8. quanimal says:

    Yes Yes and Yes. When I ditched cable two months ago, the inability to lay motionless for 6+ hours on sunday while ingesting 1000s of calories was the one thing I was worried about that would get me back into the evil clutches of the cable company. But now I can just do this through the PS3. The price tag? – 20 bucks a week to watch the cowboys suck their way to 7-9 or 8-8 in hi def: for me, totally worth it.

  9. Quake 'n' Shake says:

    Not worth it to me. I only follow the Eagles, but live out west. Unlike college football, I’m not able to watch just any two teams play. Therefore, dropping $340 to get a bunch of games I’ll never watch isn’t worth it.
    For others however, clearly it’s worth it.

  10. failurate says:

    I’ve moved 1/3 of my football watching to a nice sports bar. Great wings, cheap beer, friends. The only thing I am missing is the DVR and my sofa.

    $340 is way too much. I figure a package like that is for the “my mortgage payment is riding on this” gambling addicts. Really hardcore fans refuse to move out of their team’s TV region.

    • PercyChuggs Was Found At JFK Airport says:

      I once refused medical attention after a car wreck in which the other guy DIED, so I could get home in time to watch the Vikings game. I think that makes me a “really hardcore fan”. If the right job came along, I would move out of the local area in a heartbeat. I would just watch the games either on Sunday Ticket, or at a sports bar.

  11. Zerkaboid says:

    By the end of the season I end up spending far more than this to go to a sports bar every other week or so to enjoy my favorite, but not local, team. If DirecTV includes wings and beer with this package I am in!

  12. Moneyperk says:

    Definitely not worth the price. I can watch all the highlights with ESPN’s 500 reruns.

  13. [redacted] says:

    I really wish they would offer a package that had only one teams games for the season for somewhere around 150.00. I don’t care about all of the other teams, just my team. 350.00 is just WAY too much for someone that just wants to watch 1 game a week and doesn’t care about the other ones.