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American sports fans are starting to turn their attention back to our own particular brand of football in the aftermath of the World Cup, and a promotional page from DirecTV suggests that they have a big surprise waiting for them. According to the page, football fans will be able to watch the upcoming games live on their iOS devices and Macs without having to sign up for a conventional plan with the provider (or even needing to get a dish, for that matter).
DirecTV has yet to make an official announcement regarding the service, but if it's legit, the standalone offer could send ripples of change throughout the cable and satellite television industries. It's not exactly cheap and coverage will reportedly be limited to out-of-market games, but the offer will also include a new channel. According to the page, the service is set to launch on September 7.
As for that price? $199.99 will grant you access to watch games through the NFL's Sunday Ticket apps for iOS devices and your Mac, while $239.99 will allow you to watch the games on gaming consoles (such as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4). If you want to get the most of the offer, however, you'll have to fork over $329.99 to get all the features of the two cheaper packages plus access to the popular Red Zone channel and the DirecTV Fantasy Zone channel.
Little is currently known about the offer aside from what's on the promo page, so we don't know if, say, you'll be able to watch the games on your television via AirPlay with the cheapest plan. The chances of such a feature being available seem slim, unfortunately, as the existing Sunday Ticket app doesn't support the feature.
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