As if I had any influence, I am asking the powers that be over at DirecTV and the NFL to make a big change. Bring NFL Sunday Ticket to the Roku.
First off don’t drop the PS3. There are something like 12 million of these consoles in the USA vs only 2.5 million Roku’s. So for homes that already have the PS3 , this streaming option makes a lot of sense.
But consider the new customer that has nether a PS3 nor a Roku. A new Playstation 3 will set you back about $250.00. A new Roku on the other hand, only about 60 bucks. That extra cost of a PS3 along with the subscription cost for Sunday Ticket will deter a lot of potential customers.
And if I’m going to buy a set top to watch the game, and I’m not a gamer, do I really want this big bulky thing and a controller that I’m not even going to use? The Roku is tiny and easier to set up because all it was made to do is stream video. Not to even mention the dozens of other free channels that come with it.
But is Roku/NFL even a possibility? At the time of this writing we are still in a heated debate about whether or not Sunday Ticket will even return to PS3 in 2012. So I’m not getting my hopes up. Outside of this website, I do see a new discussion over on the Roku forum with a lot of people speculating on the 2012 season.
Spec-wise these two should perform about the same. Both have HDMI outputs capable of 1080i. I have a Roku of course, and I have used the PS3, but not for streaming. I’d welcome your input below in the comments if you have used the PS3 as a streaming set top.