While we wait for the slow pokes over at DirecTV and Sony to make their official announcement, I’ve been wondering about something. Reviewing the announcement from 2011 and comments elsewhere like this post on reddit, I keep coming across language indicating NFL Sunday Ticket as a standalone offer on PS3 is only for consumers who can’t get DirecTV due to a line of sight issue.
Presumably this means you live in an apartment where you can’t mount a dish or perhaps at an address where trees, or buildings block your view to the satellite.
So how does DirecTV know this is the case? Do they send a tech out with a compass and a signal meter? That could get expensive. Maybe they use Google Earth do do a virtual inspection. Or do they take your word for it?
Maybe they just don’t really care because they will charge you $300 for stand alone PS3 access vs only $199 if you have DirecTV. If you are a cord cutter the $300 still represents a reasonably good deal. That’s about three months worth of a typical cable package, and it is in a sense an a la carte offering.