Sony Creates Excitement With NFL Sunday Ticket, Then Kills It With Ridiculous Price Point

08.18.11 6 years ago 29 Comments

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Sony PS3 just offered an awesome program that will set it apart from its competition. The only problem is it just costs too much.

When the Playstation 3 first dropped, it was light years ahead of the competition, but a $499 price tag was too steep for most gamers that opted to buy another console, hurting Sony’s sales until it had to eventually lower its price. Now, they’re making the same mistake by offering the NFL Sunday Ticket at a ridiculous $340.

When XBox announced that it was adopting the new ESPN 360 programming, you just knew that Sony would have to fire back. They did just that by offering the NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL RedZone, allowing fans to see every NFL game from the luxury of their PS3s.

As someone who heads a cable-free household, I’ve been trying to find ways to watch the NFL this season without having to go to bars, and this seemed like the perfect answer. But I just can’t justify dropping $340 up front for it, especially now that DirectTV is offering the NFL Sunday Ticket for free with its $32 a month package. Personally, I’d probably buy the Ticket if I could pay a few bucks a month or just $100 or so up front, but $340 is just ridiculous. Once again, Sony has drastically overshot its consumer base by essentially asking it to pay for another PS3 just to watch football games. Hopefully, they’ll come to their senses and drop the price on the package or else their attempt to combat XBox’s ESPN project will be a lost battle.

Meanwhile, I’m sure the battle is already raging behind the scenes over which console will present the better package come (the eventual) NBA season.


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