NFL Sunday Ticket on PS3 - Week 1 review

Monday, 10 September 2012 09:11 PM Written by 
I used to hate September.  It meant the end of summer and the start of school. Homework was a reality again, and all I had to look forward to was Christmas break.

Luckily, I grew up, and now September means about twelve hours of NFL football  every Sunday.

The enabler of my addiction is NFL Sunday Ticket, which is into its second season of availability on the PS3. You can watch any Sunday game regardless of region, so you can always watch your favorite team play on gameday.

It loads in the form of an app, similar to Netflix. The app is unobtrusive and user friendly, keeping live football at the forefront. The schedule of games is displayed in a vertical list on the left border of the screen. Any game in progress can be selected from the list a watched live in high definition.

A blue bar under each game shows where the offense is on the field. The bar changes to red, giving the signal that the offense is in the red zone. This is a nice feature if you want to switch to games that are near scoring opportunities.

The app also features the Red Zone Network, a channel devoted to showing any game in the red zone.

The video quality is impressive HD if you’ve got the internet connection to handle it. There were a few freezes or hiccups during my week 1 experience, but over the nearly eight hours of use, the broadcasts ran uninterrupted.

The app also features stat, schedule, and standings widgets that can be viewed during the game. The only problem is that the window covers up nearly the entire screen, making it a little bit of a nuisance.

Beware that games being televised in your local area, including prime-time games, will be blacked out. Don’t expect this service to be a cable or dish replacement. You’ll only be able to watch games that are being shown outside of your area.

Unfortunately, the PS3 Sunday Ticket offerings don’t quite match its DirectTV counterpart. Sunday Ticket on DirectTV has the “Game Mix” feature, which allows the user to watch up to eight games at once. Only one game can be watched at a time on the PS3. I know that eight simultaneous game streams would require quite a bit of bandwidth, but I would have liked to have seen at least a two or four game option.

The necessity for the Sunday Ticket boils down how big of a football fan you are. If watching your favorite team each week is a must, but don’t want to switch to DirectTV television service, then this is your only option. The service is completely functional, and delivers exactly what it promises, but it comes in a little steep at $299.95. This is $40 cheaper than last year, however.

Being the football fanatic I am, I had my fantasy matchup on my laptop while switching between four close games on Sunday, and I couldn’t have been happier. If you’re like me, Sunday Ticket on PS3 provides the perfect football fix.

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