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Old 04-30-21, 04:50 PM
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Bally Sports Plus streaming service

Why did they replace Fox Sports Go with this piece of shit app? They even delayed the release almost another month because it wasn't ready. A month later and launched it is a miserable piece of crap. To force this app on us in place of one that worked fine is unacceptable.
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Sinclair Broadcasting owns all the local Fox Sports affiliates and change the name. It's pisses me off because here in DFW the only cable company showing my teams are At&t. I was not happy when Hulu Live removed Fox Southwest without a mention but had no problem raising prices.
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You know the biggest travesty? The forced ads. You subscribe to the service through whatever means and when you fire up the app, you are forced to watch 2 ads. I mean that is ridiculous.
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The ads seem to stream with no problem but the actual content you want to watch does not.
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Re: Bally Sports App......Why????

https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/sinc...2/?source=home

https://nypost.com/2021/06/10/sincla...rvice-sources/

Sinclair is hoping to launch a $23/month Bally Sports streaming app in 2022.

And there will be region restrictions.
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They are smoking some really good shit if they think people will pay that
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Because fuck Sinclair. That's why.
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Re: Bally Sports App......Why????



Bally Sports direct to consumer streaming service will have a soft launch in Q2. Too bad there will be no sports if baseball is still in lockout.


https://thestreamable.com/news/sincl...soft-launch-q2



Through their RSN Bally Sports App, Sinclair has been promising a DTC sports streaming app since early 2021. According to Sinclair's projections, the app will cost $225 per year, which comes out to $18.75 per month. The company had been circulating a $23 a month price point for the Bally Sports DTC service as part of Sinclair’s fundraising efforts. That number was soundly denied by Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley in an interview with the Baltimore Business Journal.




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Re: Bally Sports App......Why????

Easy access to my local sports teams has been the single biggest reason I continue to be a cable subscriber, but giving that kind of money to Sinclair makes my stomach turn.
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Easy access to my local sports teams has been the single biggest reason I continue to be a cable subscriber, but giving that kind of money to Sinclair makes my stomach turn.
I am about to lose my Bally Sports access through a family member's credentials. Not happy about it. I may result to alternative means because it is ridiculous there are so few methods to get local sports content. I would easily pay for NBA League Pass and MLB.TV if I could watch my local teams. So ridiculous that this shit is still locked down with blackouts.
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$20 per month and $190 per year. Soft launch later this quarter.

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Re: Bally Sports App......Why????

They seriously out of their minds if they think people will fork over 20 bucks a month.
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Wow Bally.
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They seriously out of their minds if they think people will fork over 20 bucks a month.
I dunno. They have the Dbacks and the Suns for me. I would consider it if they had reasonable limits with regard to how many streams you can do, especially at the same time. And this isn't a password sharing thing. I have 2 TVs on my patio and have a portable projector with a screen. Often times both teams are going at same time and it would be great to be able to watch both.
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For value, I think it depends on how much coverage your Bally Sports region has and what sports you're interested in. Like I wouldn't pay $20 per month for Bally Sports New Orleans. All they have is Pelicans.
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They seriously out of their minds if they think people will fork over 20 bucks a month.
Maybe, but if the app is functionally efficient it would be a way for people like me who only keep cable for easy access to local sports (in my case the Cardinals and the Blues) to finally cut the cable. I pay a lot more than $20 a month for cable. It's probably something I won't consider until my three year Disney pre-pay expires in November, when I'll adjust my hulu plan.
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I will say this about Bally Sports and their new paid app launch. If your city has NBA, NHL and MLB and maybe some college sports covered by that region, then I think it's not a bad deal for the price they want.

But then again, if you only follow one sport or your region only has 1 pro team, then it's probably not worth it for some.
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BALTIMORE – August 17, 2022 – Diamond Sports Group, a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, today announced its direct-to-consumer streaming service, Bally Sports+, will officially launch across all 19 Bally Sports regional sports network brands (RSNs) on September 26.“Today is a significant step for the RSN industry as we offer local sports fans across our Bally Sports footprint a new way to watch their hometown teams,” said Chris Ripley, Chief Executive Officer, Sinclair Broadcast Group. “We view Bally Sports+ as a great complement to the incredible value our distribution partners provide our linear networks; and with both models, we are uniquely positioned to help our team partners grow their fan bases for years to come.”

Following the June introductory launch of Bally Sports+ in five regions – Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports Kansas City, Bally Sports Florida, Bally Sports Sun and Bally Sports Wisconsin – today’s announcement means fans residing in regions of the remaining portfolio of Bally Sports RSNs – Bally Sports Arizona, Bally Sports Great Lakes, 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 and Bally Sports West – will have a new option for watching their favorite local teams.

Michael Schneider, COO and GM, Bally Sports+, added, “Launching a streaming service like Bally Sports+ across 19 different regions, all with unique content offerings, is an unprecedented undertaking. This full introduction marks a key moment in the evolution of RSNs, but it is also a great moment for local fans who now have another viewing option for their favorite teams.”

Bally Sports+ will be available to subscribers at $19.99 per month or $189.99 per year and include the option for a seven-day free trial. Additional pricing options will be released when the service launches.



Starting this fall, subscribers will have access to live, local NBA and NHL broadcasts, pre- and post-game shows, regionally produced programming – including college football and basketball and high school sports – and Bally Sports’ The Rally and Live on the Line, Powered by BetMGM. At launch, subscribers can access Bally Sports+ via mobile and tablet devices operating on iOS or Android, Android TV, TvOS, and BallySports.com.

About Diamond Sports Group

Diamond Sports Group LLC, a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., owns the Bally Sports Regional Sports Networks (RSNs), the nation’s leading provider of local sports. Its 19 owned-and-operated RSNs include Bally Sports Arizona, Bally Sports Detroit, Bally Sports Florida, Bally Sports Great Lakes, Bally Sports Indiana, Bally Sports Kansas City, 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, and Bally Sports Wisconsin. The Bally Sports RSNs serve as the TV home to more than half of all MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States. Diamond Sports Group also has a joint venture in Marquee, the home of the Chicago Cubs, and a minority interest in the YES Network, the local destination for the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets. Diamond RSNs produce approximately 5,000 live local professional telecasts each year in addition to a wide variety of locally produced sports events and programs each year.
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Re: Bally Sports App......Why????

So $20/month gets me NBA and NHL, but no MLB. Great value Bally's! I hope this shit crashes and burns and lose billions.
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Sinclair’s press release says fans this fall will be able to watch NBA and NHL teams via Bally Sports+ but there’s no mention of whether the service will add more MLB teams. As of now, Bally Sports+ offers just five MLB teams — Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays and Milwaukee Brewers.

The company has announced it has rights deals with all NBA and NHL teams it offers in the 19 Bally Sports markets, but it only has agreements with the five MLB teams. With the MLB season ending around when Bally Sports+ launches, it would appear that Sinclair will not add additional live baseball games until next season, if then.

The nine teams that Sinclair has not secured deals with are: Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Guardians, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, and Los Angeles Angels.



They have the rights to 5 teams. Sounds like since it's launching so late in the season, that they will likely wait until 2023 to get the rest


And this also:

https://www.ballysports.com/plus/faqs



Q: Why can't I find my baseball team on the app?

Bally Sports currently has the rights to stream the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays on Bally Sports+. We are in discussions with MLB and our other MLB team partners to expand our offering next year.

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Re: Bally Sports App......Why????

I wouldn't get the Bally Sports + app even if I was a complete cord cutter.

The two teams I care about: Dodgers and Lakers are on Spectrum Sports.

And I don't care about the Clippers, Angels, Ducks and Kings who are on Bally in my market. So it would be useless for me.

And yes I agree it's expensive. If you're trying to cut your TV costs, this is pretty pricey for something that you're likely not going to watch regularly. Not everyone can watch every televised game.
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Looks like the situation is so dire, 3 sports leagues may buy all of the assets and rights back to the games from these chuckle fucks: https://nypost.com/2022/09/20/mlb-nb...works-sources/
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Looks like the situation is so dire, 3 sports leagues may buy all of the assets and rights back to the games from these chuckle fucks: https://nypost.com/2022/09/20/mlb-nb...works-sources/
The leagues have to do something - especially MLB which has a notable decline in viewership the last few years. Diamond (Sinclair) has been essentially holding the broadcasts hostage for multiple seasons now because they overpaid for the rights based on a dying business model and didn't have the foresight, expertise, or willingness to adjust to the obvious market trend. MLB desperately needs to do what they've been reportedly considering, which is to straighten out the rights issues and offer a league-wide dedicated streaming service with no local blackouts, giving a small cut of the revenues to the cable companies currently paying for RSNs to appease them for their perceived losses.

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