DirecTV Line of Sight and NFL Sunday Ticket on PS3


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.

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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.

If you subscribed to NFL Sunday Ticket via PS3  in 2011, let us know in the comments below if you had to deal with this line of sight issue, and what proof you had to offer.

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13 Responses to DirecTV Line of Sight and NFL Sunday Ticket on PS3

  1. Stephen says:

    I had to offer no proof last year. It’s probably just some technicality. It worked great on the PS3 after they fixed the glitches from Week 1.

  2. jake says:

    Stephen, glad to hear it worked great last year…. i never returned after the WK1 fiasco. Quick questions – when switching between games, was there a significant delay? During that first week, there seemed to be a 20-30 second delay.

  3. Stephen says:

    Yes, I would say there was still a 10-30 delay when switching games. It needed time to start buffering the new stream. Maybe they will have improved that a bit in 2012, but I would still expect some delay. Your PS3 isn’t streaming all the games at once. It’s like switching movies when watching Netflix.

  4. Rodney says:

    i have been looking for an answer, does anyone know if ps3 is going to have sunday ticket this year

  5. Stephen says:

    Based on DirecTV’s twitter, it sounds like you’ll be able to order Sunday Ticket for PS3 on September 1. I believe they wait so long to get as many people to switch to satellite first.

    • admin says:

      Probably. They have an offer out there that gives you Sunday Ticket for free – if you sign up for 2 years. I’d prefer never to lock into something like that.

  6. Eric says:

    I don’t have direct tv, and upon hearing about this I am thinking about grabbing a used ps3 just for sunday ticket. Are you able to record games through the ps3, might have to work Sundays.

  7. Stephen says:

    No, you cannot record the games through PS3. It’s not a dvr. There is probably some way you could output the PS3 to a computer that’d record, like when people record themselves playing a video game.

  8. Stephen says:

    Also, I read something about DirecTV offering sunday ticket to non-subscribers to watch on your computer or iPad. Everything I’ve seen about that was pretty vague.

  9. sko says:

    Everyone –

    Go to this website (not advertised by DirecTV):

    If you are NOT currently a DirecTV customer due to reasons out of your control – line of sight problems, not allowed (apartments), etc. – you can order the online version of Sunday Ticket for $250.

    That’s LESS EXPENSIVE than purchasing it through the Playstation Network on your PS3!

    Unless you can hook up your PC or phone to theTV, the trade-off is that you’ll have to watch the games on one of those devices. You can’t watch on both devices at the same time, however (ex: can’t watch one game on your PC and one on your iPhone).

    Regardless, you’re still going to get the full NFL Sunday Ticket package online – and in HD!

    I’m not sure why anyone would order it through the Playstation Network since you’d have to pay $50 more…

    • Stephen says:

      Two reasons I can think to get PS3 over the computer/iPad package:
      #1 – My PS3 is hooked up to a 42″ TV in my “man cave”. I might prefer to watch the games there than on my laptop or iPad screen.

      #2 – At least in terms of my iPad, I’d rather have it available to follow my fantasy teams or Twitter updates than have the game on.

      The PS3 package is overpriced at $299. But for an extra $3 per week, having it stream straight to my TV will probably be worth it.

    • Stephen says:

      Though here’s a thought: The PS3 does support Flash. I wonder how it’d look to buy this $250 option and use the PS3 browser to watch the games. Then if you did want to watch it on your iPad, you’d have that option too. Hmmm….

  10. sko says:


    Again – you may be able to hook up your PC/Laptop to your TV and still watch it on your nice flat-screen. It all depends on your hardware capability.

    I have an Alienware M15x laptop and I’m able to connect it to my plasma screen TV through HDMI.

    If you have the same capability – be it through your laptop of desktop PC – it’s worth saving the extra money since you’ll still be able to use your iPhone/iPad for other things.

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