After all the angst and ambiguity on this topic I feel obligated to wrap it up with one last (maybe) post. So the product managers at DirecTV thought they were clever by postponing their official announcement until late into the NFL preseason. Why? The best theory I have heard is that delaying the PS3 option maximizes full DirecTV subscriptions prior to the season.
So why you might ask, should DirecTV even offer Sunday Ticket without a subscription? Again i don’t have proof, but many have said there is an obligation in the DirecTV/NFL contract to provide access for those who can’t get DirecTV. And there are many such cases. Apartment and condo dwellers are often not allowed to install a dish antenna. Buildings and trees can also block your “line of sight” to the satellite.
So where are we now? On August 29th official news finally broke on the Playstation Blog that NFL Sunday Ticket was returning to the PS3. That’s 12 days later than the announcement in 2011. Note the specific language on the PS3 blog about “viewers who do not currently have access to DIRECTV” again seemingly limiting it to those constrained by line of sight issues. But based on this Consumerist article and others I’m sure that’s easy to get around.
There is also an online option that allows you to get Sunday Ticket without a PS3. This allows you to watch it on your laptop or mobile device. The catch here is you’ll be watching on a smaller screen and probably need to figure out for yourself how to port that over to your TV.
In summary, football fans, here are all the ways to get NFL Sunday Ticket.
With DirecTV Service:*
With a new 2 year DirecTV Contract: Free
With existing DirecTV service: $199.95
NFL Max (TV + Online): $299.95
Without DirecTV Service:
* One final note. As the cord cutter guide, I’m not suggesting you sign up for DirecTV, but I did want to show complete price comparisons. My personal choice would be the online package. Let us know your own choice in the comments below.