updated 03:26 pm EDT, Wed July 16, 2014
Reduces obstacles to cord-cutting
Satellite TV provider DirecTV has announced its first digital-only subscription plans for NFL Sunday Ticket. Subscribers will have to wait until September 7th for the first games, and will only be able to watch out-of-market events, but will have access to them on phones, tablets, computers, and/or consoles without also having to have a satellite or cable package. Costs begin at $200 for a subscription covering phones, tablets, and computers. A separate console-only plan is $240; the $330 Max plan covers all devices, and further includes access to the Red Zone channel and DirecTV's new Fantasy Zone.
Although the plans are expensive, they may nevertheless allow more people to become cord-cutters. Sports are still heavily protected by most cable and satellite providers, and usually inaccessible on mobile devices and set-tops except through apps linked to cable/satellite registrations. DirecTV has in fact offered a plan similar to its new ones in the past, but only for people who couldn't get satellite coverage.
The current NFL Sunday Ticket apps for iOS and Android are lacking AirPlay and Chromecast support, respectively. Adding the technologies would make it easier to watch digital streams on a TV.