DirecTV PS3 NFL service fails in debut

People who can't have a satellite TV set up installed at their residence, or simply didn't want to bother, were happy to hear back in August that they would still be able to watch all of the NFL football games from DirectTV's Sunday Ticket via Sony's Playstation 3 console. Even if you didn't have a DirecTV subscription you could still sign up to watch all of the season's Sunday NFL games via the PS3 for $339.95.

At least, that was the theory. On Sunday, the first real test of the PS3 NFL Sunday Ticket service, things didn't go according to the game plan as service was disrupted for several hours, making the NFL Sunday Ticket service inaccessible. As DSLReports.com states, football fans voiced their displeasure with this development over at the official DirecTV forums. For a while it looked like DirecTV wasn't responding to the complaints but eventually the company finally issued a statement saying, "We are working to improve this for the remainder of the season."

While PS3 owners who are also DirecTV subscribers will be getting a $25 credit for compensation for Sunday's problems, PS3 owners who signed up for the separate $339.95 subscription plan are being told by DirecTV reps they won't be receiving any refunds, because for some reason there is no way to give out partial credits for one day of down time. Naturally this also has PS3 subscribers of NFL Sunday Ticket upset they are being left out. DirecTV has offered no concrete explanation as to why service was disrupted in the first place.

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I have the official NFL version of this in the UK (for the PC not the PS3 though).
The reliability has been good in the past few years baring week 1 last year. It's $250 for the year, includes NFL Network but not NFL Redzone.

I have basic cable which is 30/mnth gives me all the football i need and is still less than the 339 + i get other channels. Then again if I didn't I'd just stream it online for free. As if they don't make enough from ads.

CrisCr0ss said,
I have basic cable which is 30/mnth gives me all the football i need and is still less than the 339 + i get other channels. Then again if I didn't I'd just stream it online for free. As if they don't make enough from ads.

I dont think you understand what the sunday ticket is. If you live in miami, and your favorite team is in cleveland, well they are going to show the miami game on your cable, not the cleveland game. The sunday ticket is for really big football fans who want to see all the games, and people who live far away from thier favorite team. Also yeah, good luck finding a reliable 1080i high quailty stream on the web. Directv, a huge company couldnt even pull it off, what makes you think someone with a ustream account can.

I would Never Pay 339.43 for football.What a waist of money. I never pay that kind of money. I'm happy on having basic cable and watching football at Friends house or restaurant. I would rather take my family out of town with that money. I hope that plan fails and people wake up to a large amount of tv pain. Good Lord...

Mark Gossman said,
I would Never Pay 339.43 for football.What a waist of money. I never pay that kind of money. I'm happy on having basic cable and watching football at Friends house or restaurant. I would rather take my family out of town with that money. I hope that plan fails and people wake up to a large amount of tv pain. Good Lord...

16 games x $20(about average a person would spend in a few hours at a sports bar) = $320, and thats just one person. Trust me, i went through that for many years, getting the sunday ticket for $350ish is much cheaper. I usually watch the games with 5-10 people every week, and going out to a bar that really adds up. So instead of us all spending $20 a week at a bar, we split the cost of the sunday ticket between us all and spend at most $20 a week on food for everyone. This many people wouldnt buy it if it was a ripoff.

calimike said,
Switch to XBOX Live wait a min... ahhh, I see, XBOX Live doesn't carry NFL Sunday Ticket.

Apparently PS3 doesn't either

calimike said,
Switch to XBOX Live wait a min... ahhh, I see, XBOX Live doesn't carry NFL Sunday Ticket.

no, we just get ESPN3 and ufc included with gold..i'd rather go to a sports pub and inhale cigarettes than pay even $100 just to watch football

I mean i love football, but who would ever pay that much for it on ps3?

Edited by APAzero7, Sep 13 2011, 1:02am :

APAzero7 said,

no, we just get ESPN3 and ufc included with gold..i'd rather go to a sports pub and inhale cigarettes than pay even $100 just to watch football

I mean i love football, but who would ever pay that much for it on ps3?

Just because you wouldn't doesn't mean no one would...Clearly many people bought the package.

cybertimber2008 said,
How many people ordered it at $340? That's an CRAZY price in my opinion!

It that hight because the NFL is charging DirecTV for every out of market game on Sunday for the season. This is for big time NFL fans or a sports bars. The MLB package is $69 a month for about 7 months. UFC and Boxing events are around $50+.

"[...] because for some reason there is no way to give out partial credits for one day of down time. [...]"
I call BS.
Way to tell your costumers to GTFO.

Glassed Silver:mac