NOTE: This is not Ravens news, but it's a cool update to a product most football fans will appreciate. Here's my review of DIRECTV's NFL Sunday Ticket.tv
Unless the Ravens game is on, you can bet my TV is glued to the Red Zone channel. At a time where the growth of fantasy football has people discussing their "fake" teams as much as their "real" teams, couldn't the Red Zone channel be considered one of the greatest inventions known to mankind?
Last year, my wife and I left Charm City for greener pastures in the suburbs. Instead of dodging rats the size of most small household animals, I now step on tree branches on my way to the car because my house is literally surrounded colossal trees. Even if I wanted a satellite dish (which I did), there was no way I was going to be able to get a signal.
No satellite dish meant no DIRECTV, which meant no possible way I was going to be able to watch NFL Sunday Ticket at my new house. Thankfully, while trying to go 5 minutes on the internet without reading a story about the Ray Rice fiasco, I came across a story on NFL.com highlighting a change to the NFL Sunday Ticket platform, now allowing you to watch it on a mobile device or game system without having a DIRECTV subscription.
Now we're talking!
Just as it is with a subscription to DIRECTV, NFL Sunday Ticket isn't going to fit into everyone's budget. While looking at their website, I found packages ranging from $199 to $329 depending on the devices you wanted to watch the games on. Having lived in North Carolina for five years and not able to always watch the Ravens, the price isn't as bad when you think about it. I was dropping at least $70 per week at the sports bar just to watch the game with my wife. Depending on how good or bad the game went for the Ravens, my tab would fluctuate accordingly.
I signed up for the service and this past week was the first Sunday I was able to mess around with the interface. Given that this is a premium product, I must say that I was completely satisfied with the interface and the functionality of it. I had the ability to watch each game, upload and track my fantasy team and could even toggle between the Red Zone channel and a dedicated fantasy football channel.
(If you want to see more about what the interface looks like, check out this video. It's a little dated, but it gives you a good idea of what to expect LINK)
If you're able to fit the price into your budget and not have your wife leave you, trust me, you won't be disappointed. The only kicker is that you do have to pre-qualify for the service to make sure you're eligible. You can do that HERE.
Chances are, if you're reading this website you're a huge football fan and this is a product that may be right up your alley. We're not getting anything out of this, no promo codes or nothing of that nature, I'm just trying to pass along some information of what I believe is a pretty cool product. NFL Sunday Ticket is a great product, but it was just limited before with having to have satellite; now that it isn't the case, there's no reason a football diehard can't have every game at their fingertips.