UPDATED on March 30, 2021
How to Stream FOX (Bally) Sports Ohio & Great Lakes
AT&T TV is currently the only live TV streaming service that has regional FOX (Bally) Sports channels. FOX Sports Ohio is now Bally Sports Ohio, and SportsTime Ohio has been renamed Bally Sports Great Lakes. Subscribers can use an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast with Google TV to watch.
Stream Cleveland Cavaliers games live on Roku, Fire TV Stick
Fox Sports Ohio is now Bally Sports Ohio, and it used to be a lot easier to find on live TV streaming services.
Now, AT&T TV is the only option for watching Cleveland Cavaliers and Columbus Blue Jackets games without a cable or satellite provider. It’s also the sole option for Cincinnati Reds games.
AT&T TV does cost more than competing services that live stream ESPN or SportsTime Ohio.
The Choice plan, which carries 90+ channels, is $84.99 per month. FOX Sports Ohio is available throughout Ohio, and parts of Indiana, Kentucky, northwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Tennessee, West Virginia, and the southwestern edge of New York.
AT&T TV still has one advantage over paying for DIRECTV, DISH or Spectrum. It now offers a no contract option. You can subscribe month to month and cancel whenever you want.
So if you’re looking to cut the cord, but still watch NHL hockey, NBA or MLB games, you should consider whether its pros outweigh its cons.
HBO Max and NBA League Pass included
Subscribers get a free year of HBO Max (usually $14.99 per month), and a free year of NBA League Pass Premium (usually $250).
The Choice bundle has a wide variety of sports channels including ACC Network, ESPN, ESPN2, regional NBC Sports and SportsTime Ohio.
All of your local ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Telemundo and Univision channels are included. And you get top cable TV channels such as ESPN, ESPN2, ACC Network, TNT, History, CNN and A&E.
And you don’t need to pay for a cable box.
AT&T TV works with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iPhones, web browsers, tablets and Samsung Smart TVs.
If you do sign up, you should know that you have to choose the “no contract” option during the account setup process. It’s not automatic.
If you opt for a two year contract, then the price drops to $69.99 per month for the Choice plan.
Fox Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio: What’s changing?
The names have changed, but the coverage is the same. FOX Sports Ohio was renamed Bally Sports Ohio on March 31, 2021, and broadcasts games for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Cavaliers and Columbus Blue Jackets.
SportsTime Ohio is now Bally Sports Great Lakes. It has live MLB games for the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns. It covers golf and has sports talk programming. The two networks reach over five million households in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, western Pennsylvania, western New York, and West Virginia.
Why can’t I stream Fox (Bally) Sports Ohio on Hulu or YouTube TV?
There was a time when regional FOX Sports channels were available on a number of live TV streaming services. That included Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, fuboTV and YouTube TV.
These streaming services have yet to strike a long-term agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group since the company took ownership of 21 regional Fox Sports networks in 2019.
The Bally Sports app is set to debut for the 2021 MLB season, and replace the FOX Sports Go app. But it won’t be a standalone streaming service.
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