PlayStation 3 to Stream NFL Games Over the Top

Over-the-top TV news dominates today's cable roundup.

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) has drafted the PlayStation 3 to the roster of devices that can stream live, out-of-market football games offered in the satellite TV giant's exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket package. Non-DirecTV subs can pay $340 for the privilege this season, but with a doozy of a caveat -- the broadband-only option is limited to consumers who can prove they can't get the traditional DirecTV service (i.e. because satellite signals are blocked by nearby trees or buildings, or mean landlords won't allow residents to hook up satellite TV equipment). (See Cable: DirecTV's 'Ticket' to Broadband Content.)

  • The Nielsen Co. has begun to measure live TV viewing on iPads in conjunction with Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and two programmers, reports Multichannel News. TV viewership on iPads is still negligible, but Nielsen's trying to address it as MSOs continue to launch apps that pipe in linear channels to tablets and other mobile devices. (See Nielsen to Fix iPad Blind Spot.)

  • Roku Inc. added premium channel EPIX to its streaming video lineup, but it's an "authenticated" addition, meaning users must prove they subscribe to EPIX via their cable, satellite or telco TV provider. Currently, only Charter Communications Inc. , Cox Communications Inc. , Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH), Mediacom Communications Corp. , Suddenlink Communications and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) carry EPIX.

  • Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI) of Canada is the latest MSO to launch a home security and monitoring service. Its Smart Home Monitoring offering lets customers automate and manage video cameras, thermostats, lights and small appliances remotely using PCs and smartphones or using an IP-connected touchpad in the home. (See Comcast Unlocks Home Security Service.)

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has bolted a new "Previous" feature to its Xfinity TV app for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iOS devices that lets users resume playback of recently watched movies and TV shows without forcing them to search for a title again via the app's Play Now catalog. Comcast says the Xfinity TV app has been downloaded more than 2.6 million times.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • jayja 12/5/2012 | 4:55:51 PM
    re: PlayStation 3 to Stream NFL Games Over the Top

    There were a couple articles earlier this week about Sunday Ticket being available over Roku devices.  Nothing on the Roku web site, and a Google search showed nothing since Roku surveyed customers about such a service in December 2010.  Anyone else hear anything?

    As with the linked 2009 article, how does one prove one can't get DirectTV?  I have a different problem.  DirectTV does not offer local broadcast channels where I live, so DirectTV subs here have to use an antenna or subscribe to the MSO's basic srevice tier to watch NBC, Fox, et al.  I wonder if we are eligible to get Sunday Ticket via PlayStation.

    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:55:49 PM
    re: PlayStation 3 to Stream NFL Games Over the Top

    That would be a nice addition for Roku, but I haven't seen anything confirmed regarding NFL Sunday Ticket. Some other devices that definitely support Ticket streaming (or will be soon) include the Xoom, Galaxy Tab, MOto Android phones, Ipad, iPhone, IPod Touch, some BlackBerry devices, among some others.  But given that list, it makes me think getting on board with Roku and maybe even someone like Boxee would be among the logical next steps.

    I'll ask DirecTV what one would need to do to prove if one can't get the satellite TV service. Imagine they won't just take someone's word for it. I'll check to see what the procedure is. JB

    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:55:47 PM
    re: PlayStation 3 to Stream NFL Games Over the Top

    A DirecTV official got back to me to say they have an "authentication process" (so they just don't take your word for it if you say you can't get the DirecTV satellite signals), but acknowledges that it's not a 100 percent foolproof system.  They'll monitor and manage it during the season and they do have the ability to control the number of customers who can access NFL Sunday Ticket through the PS3.  But they're likewise not going to outline all the details of the process; they don't want people trying to game the system. JB

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