Android News / Bally Sports Plus: Pricing, Plans, Live Games & Everything You Need To Know – December 2022
By Alexander Maxham
December 09, 2022
Bally Sports Plus is the newest streaming Live TV service that is about to hit the market. Sinclair has been working on this service for quite some time, as they want a slice of that streaming TV service. Even though MLB and NBA commissioners don’t believe it’ll work out. It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out in the end.
It’s going to be the first multi-sport streaming option, and there’s a lot that you need to know about this service. So we are here to tell you everything you need to know about this new service.
As usual, this post will be updated periodically as more information surfaces about Bally Sports Plus, and as new features roll out. So without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about Bally Sports Plus.
What is Bally Sports Plus?
Bally Sports Plus is the new streaming service from Sinclair that will have all of the Bally Sports RSNs in a streaming format. This is why Sinclair has not renewed carriage agreements with most streaming services like YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV. Because they want their own streaming service.
Sinclair got into regional sports networks back in 2019. Disney bought the majority of Fox. This included 21st Century Fox, as well as the Fox RSNs. However, in order to get the deal approved by regulatory bodies, Disney needed to sell the Fox RSNs, because Disney already owned ESPN. And that would lead to sports networks being less competitive. So Sinclair stepped in, back in April 2019, and bought all of the Fox Sports networks. That was everything except for the YES Network, FS1 and FS2. YES Network was sold to the Yankee Global Enterprises, and FS1/FS2 stayed with Fox.
Now, over the years, Sinclair has been known as a pretty greedy company, and that’s been no different with its regional sports networks. It renamed Fox Sports to Bally Sports, which was an interesting name, since many likely think of “Bally” as “Bally Total Fitness” a gym that was popular in the early 2000s. It ceased operations in 2016. Sinclair licensed the naming rights for Bally, so there’s a chance it could get renamed again in 10 years when the deal expires.
But that’s a short history of how Bally Sports started, and what Bally Sports Plus actually is.
When does it launch?
Bally Sports Plus had a soft-launch in June with six of its markets getting access to the service. That included: Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports Florida, Bally Sports Sun, Bally Sports Kansas City, and Bally Sports Wisconsin.
Now, the company has announced that the streaming service will be available to the rest of its markets starting on September 26. That is ahead of the NHL and NBA pre-seasons and regular seasons. So you’ll be able to watch the NBA and NHL without getting cable again.
Where can I get Bally Sports Plus?
Bally Sports Plus will, unfortunately, only be available in markets that Bally Sports is available in. That includes these markets:
- Bally Sports Arizona
- Bally Sports Detroit
- Bally Sports Florida
- Bally Sports Great Lakes
- Bally Sports Kansas City
- Bally Sports Indiana
- Bally Sports Midwest
- Bally Sports New Orleans
- Bally Sports North
- Bally Sports Ohio
- Bally Sports Oklahoma
- Bally Sports San Diego
- Bally Sports SoCal
- Bally Sports South
- Bally Sports Southeast
- Bally Sports Southwest
- Bally Sports Sun
- Bally Sports West
- Bally Sports Wisconsin
Bally Sports hosts more than half of the MLB, NHL and NBA teams that are based in the US. And they produce over 4,600 live local professional telecasts each year. So there’s a lot of content there. However, Bally Sports does not own the exclusive streaming rights to many teams just yet. Which means that not all markets will have all games that are normally on Bally Sports.
What sports and teams are available?
For the soft launch of Bally Sports Plus, we’ll see five MLB teams available on the service. That includes the Tampa Bay Rays, Milwaukee Brewers, Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers.
Later this year, subscribers will be able to stream NBA and NHL teams that are also carried on the Bally Sport RSNs.
Basically, if you are in a market that doesn’t have Bally Sports, like say Boston, then Bally Sports Plus isn’t going to do anything for you. As you’re only going to see in-market games with Bally Sports Plus. Which is rather unfortunate, as this would be a great way for people to watch games from other markets all over the country. However, there are many different streaming rights that are in the way of that happening.
To watch out-of-market games, the best bet is still going to be MLB.TB, NHL.TV via ESPN Plus, the NBA League Pass.
Here are the teams that are available on Bally Sports Plus when the service does its full rollout:
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Atlanta Braves
- Cincinatti Red
- Cleveland Guardians
- Detroit Tigers
- Kansas City Royals
- Los Angeles Angels
- Miami Marlins
- Milwaukee Brewers
- Minnesota Twins
- San Diego Padres
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Texas Rangers
- Atlanta Hawks
- Charlotte Hornets
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Dallas Mavericks
- Detroit Pistons
- Indiana Pacers
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Memphis Grizzlies
- Miami Heat
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- New Orleans Pelicans
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Orlando Magic
- Phoenix Suns
- San Antonio Spurs
- Anaheim Ducks
- Arizona Coyotes
- Carolina Hurricanes
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- Dallas Stars
- Detroit Red Wings
- Florida Panthers
- Los Angeles Kings
- Minnesota Wild
- Nashville Predators
- St Louis Blues
- Tampa Bay Lightning
How much does it cost?
Bally Sports Plus will cost you $19.99 per month.
That is quite pricey for what is essentially three local teams that you’ll be able to watch here (some markets will have more, like Bally Sports SoCal, Southwest and Southeast for example), and that’s if you’re lucky. As not every market has an MLB, NBA and NHL team. It is pricey, but let’s not forget that sports are pretty pricey anyways. That’s a big reason why streaming live TV services are so expensive, ESPN and FS1/FS2 are the most expensive components of those services.
Is there an annual plan?
There is an annual plan for Bally Sports Plus. You can pay $189.99 for the full year. That works out to be about $15.83 per month. Saving you almost $5 per month. Which isn’t bad, and a bit easier to stomach, than the $20 per month, which would be $240 for the full year.
What features does Bally Sports Plus have?
Since Bally Sports Plus isn’t actually live yet (it will be on June 23), we don’t know all of the features that will be available on the service. But we do have a general idea of what to expect.
It’s a live TV service, and it’s only showing sports, so you’re not going to have any parental controls here. Bally Sports Plus will also let you watch some content when you’re traveling. But you’ll need to come back and verify your Zip code every so often (this is usually once every 30 days).
Live Stats & Highlights
It’s a sports TV service, so having live stats and highlights is basically a must. Bally Sports Plus has said that it will be available. But we aren’t sure what extent it will be. Nor how good it’ll be. YouTube TV does this perfectly actually. Bally Sports Plus will also let you have access to on-demand games after they air, to watch them in their entirety.
Bally Sports Plus is a streaming TV service, so of course there will be ads. Since you’re watching just as you would be on Cable or on Hulu + Live TV, you won’t be able to skip them. And there will be a good amount of local ads for the market you’re in.
There is also talk of there being pre-roll ads during on-demand content and highlights. There’s no word on a ad-free experience, but as we’ve mentioned already, that would only be for on-demand content and not live stuff.
Up to 2 simultaneous devices
This is actually on the low side for streaming services, but Bally Sports Plus is expected to let you watch on up to two devices simultaneously. Most others will let you watch on three devices or more at the same time. But, sports is different, and costs more money. So it’s expected.
What devices are compatible?
Bally Sports Plus is available on virtually every streaming platform out there. That includes:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast(Google Cast)
- Android TV
- Android Phone/Tablet
- Samsung Smart TVs
It’s good to see that virtually everything is available coming out of the gate, unlike some other streaming services in the past.
Will sports be available in 4K?
This won’t come as a major surprise, but Bally Sports Plus will not be streaming in 4K. Instead, most of its streams are going to be in 1080p instead. Which is still an upgrade from the version that is shown on cable, which is limited to 720p instead. So there’s that.
It’ll stream at 60fps and have stereo sound as well. While 120fps would definitely be better for sports, that also means more cash. Which means you’re going to be paying more.
Should I sign up for Bally Sports Plus?
This is a tough one. Because we all love our sports and love watching our local teams, but $20 per month to watch those teams does seem pretty pricey. On top of what you’re already spending for streaming TV, Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services.
If you really want to watch your teams, then yes it’s worth signing up. However, I would recommend signing up for the monthly plan first, so if you don’t like it, you didn’t just pay for an entire year of the service.
How much will Bally Sports Plus cost? ›
Bally Sports Plus will cost you $19.99 per month. That is quite pricey for what is essentially three local teams that you'll be able to watch here (some markets will have more, like Bally Sports SoCal, Southwest and Southeast for example), and that's if you're lucky. As not every market has an MLB, NBA and NHL team.What is the difference between Bally Sports and Bally Sports Plus? ›
Bally Sports+ is the all-new streaming service from Bally Sports that gives you direct access to your favorite hometown teams. Q: When can I purchase Bally Sports+? Bally Sports+ officially launched widely across all Bally Sports regions on September 26, 2022.Can you watch Bally Sports without a provider? ›
Bally Sports streaming: How to watch local NHL, MLB and NBA games without cable. Sports fans that are looking to stream games from a Bally Sports regional sports network, you are in luck. Bally Sports games are now available for cord-cutters to watch on fuboTV. It does not require you to have cable or a TV login.What TV packages carry Bally Sports? ›
- DIRECTV STREAM.
- Hulu + Live TV.
- Sling TV. Knockout Stage. Finals.
Bally Sports is free to download.How much does it cost to stream Bally Sports? ›
Bally Sports+, a new standalone subscription streaming service launching September 26, will give millions of previously shut-out fans access to their home teams. The cost is $19.99 per month or $189.99 per year with a seven-day free trial.How do I get Bally Sports on my smart TV? ›
Fans can download the Bally Sports app within the TV's app store and access respective Bally Sports content available in their region. Bally Sports app users will have the ability to authenticate with their pay TV provider or log-in directly to the Bally Sports+ service and stream content seamlessly from their TV.What is the difference between channel stream and game stream on Bally Sports? ›
What is the difference? Channel Stream is your 24/7 live feed. The Channel Stream is a regularly programmed feed including games, events, and paid programming. Game Stream allows you to watch your team games in full from start to finish.What is needed to stream Bally Sports? ›
Currently you have the option to watch Bally Sports+ content on Samsung TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, mobile and tablet devices (iOS, Android) and BallySports.com.How do I activate Bally Sports without cable? ›
You can sign up for a live TV streaming service to stream Bally Sports South without a cable or satellite provider. DIRECTV STREAM and fuboTV carry Bally Sports South to in-market customers. Bally Sports+, a standalone streaming service, is carrying some, but not all MLB teams this season.
What streaming service is best for Bally Sports? ›
What streaming service has Bally Sports? Currently, DirecTV Stream is the only live TV streaming platform that offers Bally Sports. In order to watch your area's Bally Sports RSN, you must have a subscription to DirecTV Stream's Choice, Ultimate, or Premier plans, starting at $89.99 per month.Does Amazon Prime have Bally Sports? ›
Bally Sports+ is available on Roku, Amazon Fire, Android TV, Apple TV, Xbox, mobile and tablet devices through iOS/Android, and at BallySports.com.Is Bally's on Hulu? ›
Can I Watch Bally Sports West on Hulu + Live TV? No, Hulu + Live does not offer Bally Sports West in its streaming channel lineup. Hulu + Live TV has over 75 channels to watch live sports, news, events, and more. The lineup includes FS1, FS2, NFL Network, Big Ten Network, TBS, SEC Network, and more.Is Bally Sports free on FireStick? ›
Installing and watching Bally Sports on FireStick is free.What sports packages does Roku have? ›
You gain the most sports action on Roku with the Sling Orange and Blue Package for $50/mo. You can transform your Roku into a sports powerhouse with the Sports Extra Package. For $15/mo., you gain access to NFL Network, Fox Sports 2, Big Ten Network, Olympic Channel, Golf Channel, Tennis Channel, and many more options.What sports app is free on Roku? ›
Free Sports TV contains live sports viewing options including - Golf, Football (NFL), College Football, Formula 1, Tennis, Cricket, Soccer, Basketball (NFL) and even Table Tennis!How much does it cost to add Bally Sports to directv? ›
Cut the cord and watch Bally Sports South live with DIRECTV STREAM instead. $69.99/mo. $89.99/mo.How many devices can watch Bally Sports? ›
You can use up to 2 devices for concurrent streaming of Bally Sports+.Is Bally Sports Plus on Roku? ›
BALTIMORE – September 26, 2022 – Diamond Sports Group today announced that its direct-to-consumer service, Bally Sports+, is now available on Roku, America's #1 TV Streaming Platform*.Can I pay to stream Bally Sports? ›
Currently you can purchase a Bally Sports+ subscription on Roku, Amazon, Android TV, Apple, Google Play, and BallySports.com. We are working to add additional platforms and encourage you to check back frequently for updated information.
How do I activate Bally Sports on my TV? ›
Download the Bally Sports app and install it on your smart TV. Open the app, then log in with your account. The screen will now display the com/activate code.Can I get Bally Sports on Spectrum TV? ›
To continue watching Bally Sports programming tune to Bally Sports Ohio, channels 31, 309 & 1309. To view additional programming, check your Spectrum TV Guide for channel locations and programming details. For a complete channel lineup, visit Spectrum.net/channel-lineup.How many channels does Bally Sports have? ›
Through 19 owned-and-operated networks and several other affiliates, Bally Sports programming is available to all or part of at least 45 states, with the only notable lack of coverage existing in the Philadelphia media market, Northern California, and most of New England.How do I get free sports with Amazon Prime? ›
How can I find live sports and events on Prime Video? All live events appear on the “Live & upcoming” row as you scroll down the Prime Video or Channels homepages.Will Hulu pick up Bally Sports? ›
Can I Watch Bally Sports Southeast on Hulu + Live TV? No, Hulu + Live does not offer Bally Sports Southeast in its streaming channel lineup. Hulu + Live TV has over 75 channels to watch live sports, news, events, and more. The lineup includes FS1, FS2, NFL Network, Big Ten Network, TBS, SEC Network, and more.Is Bally Sports on Samsung TV? ›
The Bally sports app is now available on millions of Samsung devices. By TVN Staff | December 8, 2022 | 2:13 p.m. ET. Diamond Sports Group today announced the launch of the Bally Sports app, inclusive of the TV everywhere and Bally Sports+ direct-to-consumer services, across Samsung's suite of Smart TVs.How do I subscribe to Bally Sports Plus? ›
Currently you can purchase a Bally Sports+ subscription on Roku, Amazon, Android TV, Apple, Google Play, and BallySports.com. We are working to add additional platforms and encourage you to check back frequently for updated information.Can I get Bally Sports Plus on Roku? ›
BALTIMORE – September 26, 2022 – Diamond Sports Group today announced that its direct-to-consumer service, Bally Sports+, is now available on Roku, America's #1 TV Streaming Platform*. The addition of Roku to the service's distribution lineup coincides with today's official rollout of Bally Sports+.How much does Bally Sports cost per month? ›
Bally Sports Plus (Bally Sports+) is a streaming service from Bally Sports that allows you to stream your regional Bally Sports Network for $19.99 per month, or an annual subscription for $189.99.Is Bally Sports Plus on Amazon Fire Stick? ›
Currently you have the option to watch Bally Sports+ content on Samsung TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, mobile and tablet devices (iOS, Android) and BallySports.com.
Does Hulu Plus have Bally Sports? ›
No, Hulu + Live does not offer Bally Sports West in its streaming channel lineup. Hulu + Live TV has over 75 channels to watch live sports, news, events, and more. The lineup includes FS1, FS2, NFL Network, Big Ten Network, TBS, SEC Network, and more.How many Bally Sports channels are there? ›
Through 19 owned-and-operated networks and several other affiliates, Bally Sports programming is available to all or part of at least 45 states, with the only notable lack of coverage existing in the Philadelphia media market, Northern California, and most of New England.How do I get Bally Sports on Firestick for free? ›
- Click Find on your Fire Stick home screen.
- Select Search.
- Type Bally Sports on the Search bar, then select Bally Sports from the suggested search results.
- Go to Apps & Games and click on the Bally Sports tile.
- Click Download or Get depending on the on-screen option.
Samsung Smart TV users can now officially download the Bally Sports app. This new distribution platform provides sports fans with access to their favorite Bally Sports content directly from their Samsung Smart TV.