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NFL Sunday Ticket coming to PS3

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Madden 12 won't be the only football being played on the PlayStation 3 this fall.

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NFL Sunday Ticket

Sony and DirectTV have teamed up to bring the satellite company's hit NFL Sunday Ticket service to the game console, marking the first time people who don't subscribe to DirecTV will be able to get access to the subscription service.

Season-long subscriptions will run for $340 for non-subscribers. Existing DirecTV customers can add it to the PS3 for $50 -- and (as an added bonus) use the console as an additional receiver in their homes.

The package offers access of up to 14 NFL games each Sunday in full HD, as well as DirecTV's Red Zone channel, which shows the final yards of each scoring drive in the league on a single channel.

"We are constantly looking at new ways to enhance the NFL viewing experience and create more value for the loyal fans," said Tony Goncalves, DirecTV senior VP of product management. "With the growth in mobile and connected consumer electronics devices, we believe it makes sense to enable viewers to watch their favorite team on more of those devices, like gaming consoles, whose users include legions of NFL fans."

It's not the first big sports offering for the PlayStation 3. Sony already has existing deals in place with MLB.TV and NHL GameCenter. Full access to the NFL, though, is a notable bragging right and gives the company a video feed that Microsoft can't touch (even with that system's forthcoming live TV integration).

The Xbox 360 isn't out of the race, however. Since last year, couch jockeys and armchair quarterbacks have been able to watch college football and plenty of other sports in high definition thanks to a partnership with ESPN. Beyond the games themselves, the service -- which is free to Xbox Live Gold members -- offers plenty of social features (including more stats than you could ever hope to absorb) and the ability to watch more than one game at a time.

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