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What’s wrong with NFL Sunday Ticket?

September 15, 2013 2 comments

DirecTV and EA partnered together this year to offer one free year of NFL Sunday Ticket on PC, Tablet, and Mobile with the purchase of Madden25.  This means those of us without DirecTV as our primary MSO can get access, but not on the big TV screen where you want it.

But there are many ways to get Internet delivered content in the living room, right?  So how do you do that with the online versions of Sunday Ticket?  Good luck.

PC with HDMI connection.  This should be a no brainer, but the website is notoriously failing.  If you can get past the “come back later” message and actually log in, all you get is a spinning “loading” message.

I’ll try again in the afternoon when there are fewer games and maybe less load on the system.

UPDATE: Still no luck in the afternnon.

iPad with Airplay to AppleTV.  Should be an elegant “it just works” solution, but even though there is an Airplay button on the iPad app, it doesn’t work.  Maybe it’s because my iPad is a generation 1 and can’t get the latest iOs (and is generally crashing all the time) but when I press the button I only get sound on the TV, the picture stays on the iPad.

Android with Chromecast.  The new kid on the block.  The app works fine on my Droid 4, but it does not support Chromecast yet, and probably won’t any time soon.

Is this all intentional?  I wouldn’t be surprised.  Clearly we value getting video on the bigger screen more than the smaller ones, so it’s to be expected we will be asked to pay more for that privilege.

Anyone out there with online-only NFL Sunday Ticket getting it to work on their TV?