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  1. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    DirecTV To Offer NFL Sunday Ticket Package On PlayStation Consoles
    NFL Live Game Out-Of-Market Package Available On Mobile, Tablets

    August 17, 2011

    DirecTV is adding the PlayStation 3 gaming console to its distribution playbook for its NFL Sunday Ticket To Go mobile service.


    The satellite service said Wednesday that it will distribute its exclusive live game out-of-market package to both current DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket customers, as well as non-DirecTV football fans through PlayStation 3 video game consoles, joining Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League in offering games through the Sony-produced players.


    [​IMG]Non-DirecTV subscribers will pay in the neighborhood of $340 for the subscriber authenticated-based PlayStation offering, $5 more than the price of a Sunday Ticket subscription. Subscribers of the Sunday Ticket package will get the service as part of the additional $50 NFL Sunday Ticket To-Go service, said the company.​
    "It's our attempt to open up the universe a bit to people that can't get DirecTV - students, people who live in big apartment buildings and people who live in New York City - and it's a new revenue stream for us," DirecTV senior director of product management Alex Kaplan told Multichannel News.


    Kaplan would not disclose how many Playstation users DirecTV expects to sign up, but did say that the company has "control" over the number of Sunday Ticket PlayStation viewers. "We're not going to let it go to an unlimited number," he said. "We're trying to figure out what is the market for this at that price point."


    DirecTv will also offer Sunday Ticket on alternative distribution platforms via Motorola's Xoom and Samsung Galaxy tablets; Motorola's Android phones; the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch; BlackBerry devices with 3G or Wi-Fi; Palm Pre/Pixi; and other Droid-branded phones.
    For fantasy football game buffs, DirecTV has teamed with the league to allow NFL.com fantasy football players to get up-to-date stats for their team players onscreen. The broadband app allows players to log in with their NFL.com user name and password to manage and track the teams in real time onscreen.


    Also by selecting an on-screen "Watch Now" icon assigned to their fantasy player, the viewer can jump to that player's game in progress.


    Also new this year, fans can tune to a new Mix Channel format for late afternoon games. While DirecTV will continue to display last year's eight-channel mix when there is a full schedule of Sunday games, the network will offer a new four-channel mix when there are four or fewer games in the afternoon TV window.


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    Sony Gets NFL Sunday Ticket On PS3
    By Swanni

    Washington, D.C. (August 18, 2011) -- Sony has announced that it has struck a deal with DIRECTV to provide the 2011 NFL Sunday Ticket in HD on its Play Station 3 console via live streaming.

    PS3 owners who do not have access to DIRECTV can subscribe to the Ticket for $339.95.
    Existing DIRECTV customers can access the service on their PS3 for an additional $50 and use the PS3 as an additional receiver for their home.

    DIRECTV is now offering the Ticket free to new subscribers to its satellite service, but it's charging current subscribers $66.99 a month for five months. That price is the equivalent of what Sony will charge PS3 owners.

    The pact, which was revealed yesterday on Sony's Play Station blog, is a major coup for Sony which is battling Microsoft's XBox 360 and Nintendo's Wii for the gaming audience. All three gaming consoles offer video streaming as well as gaming, but DIRECTV said yesterday that the PS3/NFL Sunday Ticked deal will be an exclusive in the gaming category.

    Sony said PS3 owners will be able to watch all 14 weekly NFL Sunday Ticket 'out of market' games in HD and they will also have access to DIRECTV's Red Zone Channel.

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    We know that PlayStation fans are huge sports enthusiasts, so adding NFL Sunday Ticket is the perfect complement to the PS3’s rapidly growing lineup of sports entertainment," Sony's Philip Rosenberg said on the PS3 blog.

    Sony already offers MLB.com and the National Hockey League's pay package on the PS3.

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    DIRECTV has been getting more aggressive in searching for new revenue sources and the Sony deal is yet another example. Once upon a time, the mere mention of allowing a non-DIRECTV service to show the NFL Sunday Ticket would have been viewed as evidence of insanity at DIRECTV headquarters. The satcaster believed its exclusive deal with the NFL was critical to luring new subscribers and keeping old ones.

    But in these tough economic times -- and with DIRECTV facing more competition from TV providers and streaming services -- it makes sense for the company to get more creative with how it uses the Ticket to its advantage. The Sony deal will not only generate more revenue for DIRECTV, but it's a great tool to generate more subscribers in the PS3 audience.

    DIRECTV also offers the Ticket on Motorola's Xoom and Samsung Galaxy tablets, Android phones and the iPad and iPhone as well as other mobile devices.. After more than 15 years of holding the Ticket exclusive, kudos to the satcaster for finally thinking out of the box


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    CatfishRivers Well-Known Member

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    I think the 'NFL Rewind' subscription package that nfl.com offers for $39.95 (which includes ALL of the NFL regular season games in HQ - as video on demand) might be the best legal alternative for Google TV users. Granted it's not live like NFL Sunday ticket but the price is also much lower, it can be ordered as an internet only subscription, and the video quality is very good. However I can't say with certainty how well/if this would work with Google TV. In looking at the system requirements on nfl.com it gives requirements for Windows and Mac computers. It does say it works with Flash 10.1. Does anyone know if the NFL rewind would work good with Google TV??? https://gamerewind.nfl.com/nflgr/secure/packages
     
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    What is the major differences between this and nfl directv ticket? This sounds like a great alternative to paying $339..

     
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    The major differences are 1) with the NFL Game Rewind subscription it's not required that you also subscribe to Direct TV. As I mentioned it can be an internet only subscription. 2) Probably the biggest difference with the NFL Game Rewind is that the games cannot be watched live in real time. This means the games are available to view as video on demand (after a certain amount of time has elapsed from the end of the live game). I'm not sure how soon the games become available to watch (after the live games are completed) - but I'm guessing it's something like Monday night when you would first be available to watch a game that was played on Sunday afternoon. You could call nfl.com customer support for more specific answers.

    Here is the NFL.com Game Rewind customer support contact info.:

    Call customer support (any time from 12:00pm ET to 10:00pm ET) at 407-936-0867
    Send an e-mail to gamerewind.support@nfl.com
    Chat with a customer service representative at http://nfl.com/subscriptionsupport
     
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    I sent the following email to nfl.com today (I'll post to this thread when I get their reply):

    "Hello I'm interested in subscribing to the NFL.com Game Rewind package. I have 2 questions 1) Will it work with Google TV devices? (Google TV has Flash 10.1 and streams online video good - however it's not a Windows or Mac computer. It has a Chrome browser). 2) How soon after the live games are over do they become available to stream on the Game Rewind?"
     
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    Well this is the reply I received from NFL.com. It kind of seems like a canned response to me but they said they only support "computers".

    "Thank you for the NFL Game Rewind product feedback.

    NFL Game Rewind is only available to stream through your computer and it is not supported by any other device.


    In the US the online streaming rights are held by Direct TV and no subscription is available for live streams, however in the US they offer NFL Game Rewind.


    NFL Game Rewind is not shown live but On Demand, new games are published to Game Rewind after the completion of the game(s) and will be available to Game Rewind subscribers by 6am EST the day after the game, except in the case of the Monday Night Football game which will be available by 12am EST the Wednesday following the game.


    Thank you for contacting NFL.com.


    Regards,
    NFL Game Rewind Support"
     
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    Thats what happens when there's a monopoly on products, and or service.. Unfortunately...:mad:
     
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    The NFL doesn't have a monopoly on football, it is just so much better than any other football league that anytime one starts up, nobody cares. As far as the DirecTV multi billion dollar deal to broadcast out of market games, DirecTV paid the price necessary but you could have outbid them personally if you wanted and could have shown ability to pay. Everybody in the USA can now have access to the out of market games by subscribing to the package if they either have access to high speed internet or DirecTV and want to pay the price necessary to subscribe and buy or lease the equipment to receive the service. I think it is great that the PS3 has access, most people that couldn't receive DirecTV can now receive the service. This package is a money loser for DirecTV, a loss leader, the company hopes to make it up by selling other profitable services to the NFL Sunday Ticket subscriber. I don't see any problem with anything about the successful way the NFL markets itself and believe it is the only major team sport in the US that is profitable, I think overall, MLB, NBA and NHL are all money losers in total now. The players make a fortune but most teams lose money in the other three sports.
     

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