How to Activate FOX Sports app on Roku, Fire TV or Apple TV

By Jim Kimble / Updated November 18, 2023

Activating the Fox Sports app gives you access to live streams for FOX-owned channels. 

You can use the app to watch live TV channels, including Big Ten Network, FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes and even a local FOX station

But there are some caveats, and the FOX Sports app shouldn’t be confused with the now-defunct FOX Sports GO app. Within the world of cord-cutting and streaming, where and how you can watch live sports changes almost annually. 

This guide explains where and how you can live stream your favorite sports teams and games on the FOX Sports app and the former FOX Sports GO app (now known as the Bally Sports app).

These TV Everywhere apps are available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Smart TVs and Google Chromecast with Google TV.

What happened to the FOX Sports Go app?

The FOX Sports GO app was renamed to Bally Sports on April 26, 2021.

The re-naming happened because 19 regional FOX Sports networks were purchased by Sinclair Broadcast Group. The regional FOX Sports networks were rebranded to regional Bally Sports networks such as Bally Sports North, Bally Sports Florida, etc.

The FOX Sports GO app was a spin-off born out of the deal between Sinclair and Walt Disney Co. in 2019.

When the FOX Sports GO app was still operational, subscribers to cable or a live TV streaming service could use it to live stream MLB, NBA and NHL games. It was the TV Everywhere app for FOX regional sports networks.

Bally Sports now holds the local rights to those same 42 professional teams, including 14 MLB, 16 NBA and 12 NHL. It requires a pay TV service to activate.

The Bally Sports app is expected to eventually become the new streaming home of a standalone streaming service. 

Re-designed FOX Sports app

On July 20, 2020, the FOX Sports app was replaced with a re-designed app simply called FOX Sports. The FOX Sports app still carries live TV channels such as FS1, FS2, Big Ten Network and local FOX stations. 

Having access to the live TV channels are handy when you’re away from home and want to watch live sports, including college football, college basketball, MLB, NFL, NASCAR, MLS, WWE, PBC, PBA and Liga MX. 

Some sporting events are also offered in 4K HDR10 resolution. 

How to Watch Live Sports on FOX Sports app

You don’t need a pay TV provider such as a cable TV or satellite subscription to sign in to the FOX Sports app. You can use a live TV streaming service and start watching live sports. 

Currently, a subscription to DIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV can activate the FOX Sports app. 

These live TV services are available on Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast with Google TV.  

You can also use your subscription to activate live TV viewing online at if you want to watch a sports event or show from your PC.

How to Activate FOX Sports on Roku

  1. Turn on Roku or Roku TV
  2. Select Streaming Channels from the left column menu
  3. Select Search Channels
  4. Type in ‘FOX Sports’ then select the FOX Sports app
  5. Choose Add Channel 
  6. Select the FOX Sports app from the Home Screen
  7. Enter the code shown on the Roku channel at
  8. Select your live TV streaming or pay TV provider 

You can use a web browser, PC or mobile device to complete the activation process. You will need to sign in with your TV provider credentials (i.e. the username and password for your live TV streaming service).

If your pay TV provider is not listed, then you will not be able to activate the channel. 

How to Watch Live Sports Bally Sports app (formerly FOX Sports GO)

To activate the Bally Sports app without a cable subscription, your only option is the Choice bundle from DIRECTV STREAM. 

The Choice bundle has more than 105 channels for $108.99 per month. ESPN, regional Bally Sports networks, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2 and HGTV are included in the channel lineup. You get unlimited hours of Cloud DVR and 50,000 on-demand movies and shows. 

DIRECTV STREAM has a free 5-day trial.

Subscribers can get three months of HBO Max, Showtime, Cinemax and EPIX free before the regular monthly rate kicks in. You can watch live TV on up to 20 devices at once. 

When you sign up, you can subscribe month to month and cancel whenever you want. DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets. 

How to Activate Bally Sports (Fox Sports GO) on Roku

Apps on Roku devices are known as “channels”. If you don’t see the Bally Sports channel already on your home screen, follow these steps. 

  1. Select Streaming Channels from the left column menu
  2. Select Search Channels
  3. Type in ‘Bally Sports’ then select the Bally Sports app
  4. Choose Add Channel 
  5. Select the Bally Sports app from the Home Screen
  6. Select settings wheel at top right of screen
  7. Choose “Connect TV provider”
  8. Enter activation code at from a PC or smartphone

How to Activate Fox Sports or Bally Sports app on Amazon Fire Stick

All Fire TV devices, including Fire TV Edition televisions, get apps from the Apps & Games section.

Amazon Fire TVs that have a voice search button on the remote control have a short cut for hunting down apps. You can say “FOX Sports app” or “Bally Sports app” and select it for download. 

If that doesn’t work for some reason, then the traditional method is simple.

  1. Hold down the Home button on the Fire TV remote
  2. Select “apps” under the menu
  3. Then select FOX Sports or Bally Sports under streaming apps

The steps to activate the app are straightforward. Once you are in the app, you will be asked for a pay TV provider. 

How to add FOX Sports or Bally Sports to Apple TV

Apple TV (4th generation or later) supports the FOX Sports and Bally Sports apps. Adding apps can easily be done with the remote control. 

  1. Launch app store from home screen 
  2. Navigate to desired app 
  3. Click on app, then again on “Get” to confirm

Adding FOX Sports or Bally Sports to Xbox One

Getting the FOX Sports or Bally Sports apps on Xbox One takes a few simple steps:

  1. Go to “Store” tab at the top of the home screen
  2. Once within the Microsoft Store, scroll down to Search
  3. Type in “FOX Sports” or “Bally Sports”

Then just confirm you want to download the FOX Sports or Bally Sports app. You can sign activate the app with pay TV credentials.

What channels are on the FOX Sports app?

Being able to activate the app doesn’t mean you will get every live TV channel that’s offered. The FOX Sports app is designed so that the live TV channels are only unlocked when they also appear within the channel lineup of your pay TV provider (or live TV streaming service).

DIRECTV STREAM105+ (Choice plan)$108.99Unlimited
Fubo170+ with locals$74.9910
Hulu + Live TV90+ with locals$76.992
Sling TV32 – 40 with locals $401-3
YouTube TV128 with locals$72.993

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Note: This article was originally published on September 10, 2021, and has been updated in November 2023 to reflect new pricing, and ways to use your TV provider sign in.

Jim Kimble is a seasoned industry expert with over two decades of journalism experience. He has been at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement since 2016, testing and writing about TV-related products and services. He founded The Cord Cutting Report in 2016, and serves as the editor.

Major publications, including MarketWatch, Forbes, and South Florida Sun Sentinel, have interviewed Kimble for his years of expertise. He gives advice on the complexities consumers are navigating with streaming options, and over-the-air TV. Kimble has been a staff writer or correspondent for several award-winning, daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe.