Armed with a bowl of chili and two remotes, I sat down in front of my giant TV to enjoy NFL Sunday Ticket for the first time ever. Sunday Ticket was a luxury not afforded to me before now because I’m not a Direct TV customer. However, Direct TV has partnered with Sony to provide Sunday Ticket to PS3 users via a streaming option similar to the excellent MLB.TV service (reviewed here a few months back).
Unfortunately, those of us who shelled out a few hundred dollars to pay the exorbitant fee for the service were treated to myriad video artifacts, streams that didn’t work all, and a non-chronological(!) presentation of many of the games. In short, a disaster.
Those of us who use streaming options for services like MLB.TV or Netflix come to expect some modest level of “computer-y” distortion of video. That comes with the territory. But what happened today with Sunday Ticket goes far above and beyond those sorts of minor issues. This is a setup that either didn’t have the bandwidth to accommodate the level of viewership that should have been expected, or had faulty software (released only two days before the season began).
I had planned on providing a full review of Sunday Ticket as I did for MLB.TV, but the service is so terribly flawed and non-functional that there’s no point. Until these issues get resolved, don’t even think about purchasing this. That goes without saying.
What I can do is provide a video as an example of what the service looked like today: