DirecTV is partnering with Sony to bring its NFL Sunday Ticket subscription package to the PS3. This means that even if you don’t have DirecTV, you can watch every out-of-market Sunday NFL game.
NFL Sunday Ticket is a sports package that has been exclusive to DirecTV customers until now. Subscribers get access to up to 14 NFL games each Sunday. You can view games in full HD and access DirecTV’s Red Zone Channel for replays and recaps.
PS3 owners who don’t have DirecTV can subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket for $339.95. The price might sound steep, but it’s only $5 more than what DirecTV charges for the package. Plus PS3 owners don’t have to worry about setting up a dish, which is great for NFL fans who live in houses without a good line of sight to the southwestern sky, or whose buildings or neighborhoods have rules against dish ownership.
Existing DirecTV Sunday Ticket subscribers can get the package on their PS3s for $50 — in essence, turning their PS3 into an additional football receiver. That means you could watch one game on the PS3 in the den, say, and another on the DirecTV box in the living room.
The NFL joins MLB.TV and NHL GameCenter as sports options on the PS3. Major sports leagues are moving away from cable or satellite subscription packages and expanding their digital offerings to devices like the PS3, Xbox 360 and boxes like Roku and Apple TV at an increasing rate. If NBA League Pass shows up on the PS3 for the 2011-2012 season, the console could conceivably replace the cable box for fans of live sports.
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