Bally Sports+ Review
Bally Sports+ is a direct-to-consumer streaming service that offers live games for those who want access to your local Bally Sports RSN without subscribing to a cable or satellite package.
The service has two plans: a monthly plan for $19.99 a month, or an annual plan for $189.99 per year ($15.83/mo pre-paid annually), after a 7-Day Free Trial.
In areas where fans have access to more than one Bally sports network, an optional bundle allows the addition of a second channel. The monthly total for two RSNs is $29.99/month.
With the service, you can stream your local games from 16 NBA teams and 12 NHL teams.
In addition to NHL and NBA, there are five MLB teams available to stream: Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals, and Tampa Bay Rays. Sinclair has yet to get approval from MLB to stream the rest of the teams that they own the traditional broadcast rights for.
The service is only intended for those who live in-market to their local teams. If you live out-of-market, you will need to subscribe to MLB.TV (MLB), NHL.TV via ESPN+ (NHL), or NBA League Pass (NBA).
How Much Does the Bally Sports+ Cost?
Bally Sports+ is available via the Bally Sports App, which is free to download. However, to watch live games, however you will need a subscription to Bally Sports+ which is $19.99 a month or $189.99 a year. They also offer a 7-Day Free Trial of Bally Sports+ and have discounts and promos on the Bally Sports+ annual plan.
Alternatively, if you subscribe to DIRECTV STREAM, you can access live games from the Bally Sports App without a Bally Sports+ subscription. If you haven’t tried it, you can access DIRECTV STREAM, with a 5-Day Free Trial.
Unlike like out-of-market packages, Bally Sports+ is not available as an add-on to YouTube TV, Hulu, fuboTV, or Sling TV.
We tested Bally Sports+ and other subscription streaming services for more than 100 hours. Bally Sports+ is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, PlayStation, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV.
No Cloud DVR
Bally Sports App doesn't have a DVR, but offers replays of all games on-demand.
Up to 2 Devices
Bally Sports+ allows you to stream on up to 2 devices simultaneously.
TV Everywhere Apps
Bally Sports App includes on-demand access to live games, highlights, programming on your local Bally Sports RSN, as well as original shows.
No Parental Controls
Given that it is live sports content, there is no parental controls available.
Only DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu Live TV, and Sling TV have parental control features.
Live Games on Bally Sports RSNs Feature
Bally Sports+ offers access to all live NBA and NHL games available in your market, along with select MLB teams (Rays, Royals, Tigers, Brewers, and Marlins). To access them, you will need to sign-up for a subscription to Bally Sports+.
Live Stats & Highlights Feature
Bally Sports+ lets you follow along with real-time stats and highlights through the game. Afterwards, you will be able to access on-demand games in their entirety.
Bally Sports+ is compatible with these devices:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- Android TV
- Android Phone/Tablet
- LG Smart TV (AirPlay)
- Samsung Smart TV (AirPlay)
- Sony Smart TV
- VIZIO Smart TV (AirPlay/Google Cast)
Bally Sports+ is not compatible with Xbox or Nintendo devices.
Most video streams are in 1080p HD.
Most video streams in 60 FPS.
Content has stereo audio.