If you are located in the southern United States and want to catch major sporting events played by MLB, NHL, MLS, and WNBA teams located near you, Bally Sports South is a channel that you want to have. Read on to find out your options.
No time to study? There’s a lot to know about Bally Sports South but that won’t make your choice difficult. If you want the channel without cable, you have only one option: the Choice (or better) plan from DirecTV Stream. It comes with a 14-day money-back guarantee so there is no problem if you aren’t happy.
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What Is Bally Sports South?
Bally Sports South is one of the nation’s largest regional sports networks (RSNs). Its coverage area is extensive, reaching all of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It also reaches a considerable portion of Kentucky.
With Bally Sports South covering such an extensive area, it crosses several dividing lines between major sports teams. For example, it shows Carolina Hurricanes games to some of its viewers and Nashville Predators contests to others.
With that said, those in Georgia can watch both of those NHL squads play on this channel. However, everyone else in this region gets to see just one of those teams play.
Major Sports Teams
Here is a list of major sports teams that are broadcast on Bally Sports South: Atlanta Braves (MLB), Carolina Hurricanes (NHL), Nashville Predators (NHL), Atlanta United (MLS), and Atlanta Dream (WNBA).
The Braves, United, and Dream enjoy a particularly extensive coverage area as all three teams are shown everywhere Bally Sports South can be accessed except for Kentucky and some parts of North Carolina.
The reason for this is that the Braves and the Dream are the only MLB and WNBA teams in this entire region while Atlanta United’s MLS counterpart, Nashville SC, is not broadcast on Bally Sports. (Subscribers in middle Tennessee can access MyTV30, which does show the team’s locally produced matches.)
Bally Sports South also broadcasts a number of ACC sporting events. Its first college football game of the 2021 season was a Sep 4 match-up between Virginia and William & Mary in Charlottesville, VA. Subscribers can expect one or two ACC football games to be shown on Bally Sports South every fall Saturday.
Of course, Bally Sports South does not solely show live and recorded sports events. Many broadcasts on the channel are general-interest sports shows such as American Ninja Warrior, Inside Notre Dame Football, and The Card Life.
Bally Sports Southeast
Those interested in Bally Sports South’s offerings should keep in mind that Bally Sports Southeast offers similar programming. For example, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta United, and Atlanta Dream games are on both of those channels. As are Bally Sports-affiliated NBA games from teams like Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, and Memphis Grizzlies – are solely shown on Bally Sports Southeast.
DirecTV Stream offers Bally Sports Southeast to most subscribers who are eligible for access to Bally Sports South. Notable exceptions include areas of Kentucky, Mississippi, and North Carolina.
Streaming Bally Sports South With DirecTV Stream
Unfortunately, if you are looking to get Bally Sports South without cable, you only have one option: DirecTV Stream. You can access this channel with its Choice Plan subscription, which costs $84.99/mo and also includes several national sports channels, such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and league channels like NBA TV and MLB Network.
In addition, depending on your location, you may be able to access multiple RSNs. As mentioned above, if you get Bally Sports South, you will probably also get Bally Sports Southeast. However, an example of an exception to this is Paducah, KY. Those there get Bally Sports South and Bally Sports Cincinnati. Meanwhile, viewers in Boone, NC, receive Bally Sports South, Bally Sports Southeast, and MASN.
Do keep in mind that you may want to do a slight upgrade and instead get the DirecTV Stream Ultimate package for $94.99/mo. It gives you about 40 more channels including CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, and the Olympic Channel as well as NHL Center Ice.
If you decide to give DirecTV Stream a try, note that you can take advantage of its 14-day money-back guarantee. So, if you realize within that initial time period that you do not want cordless access to Bally Sports South after all, and would like to cancel, you will be refunded what you have paid.
Alternatives to Bally Sports South
If you are either not located in the blackout region for your favorite team or are fine with just periodically watching it play on national television, other options open up.
One of the most significant examples is MLB.TV ($24.99/mo). It provides you with access to all out-of-market broadcasts that your team is featured on. So, if you are a Tampa Bay Rays fan in Atlanta, you can watch every game that squad plays on MLB.TV with the exception of any match-ups with the Braves and national broadcasts that trigger a national blackout (eg, Sunday Night Baseball).
As for nationally broadcast or streamed games, you have a few options.
One is ESPN+ ($6.99/mo). It provides streams of several MLB, NHL, and MLS games. Also, it is the exclusive broadcaster of numerous college events, including many played at NCAA Division I institutions located in the South. Conferences that have broadcast deals with ESPN+ include the Atlantic Sun, Southern, and Sun Belt.
Watch Bally Sports Southwest With Smart TVs and Streaming Devices
DirecTV Stream provides good support for most streaming devices. For example, they support the most recent Samsung smart TVs models.
Better yet, they support the popular TV devices that run apps like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
Most Android and iOS smartphones and mobile devices are supported. And if your TV can be cast to, or you connect a Chromecast device to it, you can send your DirecTV Stream signal from your phone.
If it comes down to it, you can stream on almost any device with a web browser. DirecTV Stream provides support for Chrome, Edge, Safari, and more.
Finally, DirecTV Stream offers the unique option to get a streaming device from them. This may be appealing to people worried about moving from cable.
Alternatively, you can stream using the Bally Sports App. It supports most devices including Android TV and Xbox One. You can use your DirecTV Stream subscription to get access to the app.
The bottom line is that if you are a fan of a local major professional sports team that has a rights deal with Bally Sports South and want to have the ability to watch all of its games, getting Bally Sports South is a must.
That means that subscribing to DirecTV Stream is also a must, assuming that you want to do so without getting a cable TV subscription. Try it out today, remembering that it offers a 14-day money-back guarantee.
Can I subscribe directly to Bally Sports South?
Unfortunately, you cannot subscribe directly to any Bally Sports channel. This option has been discussed, but nothing has come of it and it isn’t likely we will see anything in the near future. Third-party providers balked at the idea. And the price that Bally suggested for the service was pretty high — around $23/mo.
What happened to Fox Sports South?
On March 31, 2021, Fox Sports South became Bally Sports South in advance of MLB’s opening day the following day. This was done to promote the Bally brand and dissociate it from Fox, who no longer owned it. Fox was forced to sell the channel due to antitrust concerns given that its parent company (Disney) owns ESPN.
How can I get Fox Sports Tennessee and Fox Sports Carolinas?
You can’t. But if you get Bally Sports South (or Bally Sports Southeast), you are effectively getting both of these channels. When all the Fox Sports RSNs became Bally Sports RSNs, both Fox Sports Tennessee and Fox Sports Carolinas were shut down. All their original content was spread between Bally Sports South and Bally Sports Southeast.
Fox Sports Carolinas was responsible for Carolina Hurricanes and Charlotte Hornets games. The Hurricanes games were moved to Bally Sports South and the Hornets games were moved to Bally Sports Southeast.
Fox Sports Tennessee was responsible for Memphis Grizzlies and Nashville Predators games. The Grizzlies games were moved to Bally Sports Southeast and the Predators games were moved to Bally Sports South.
How can I watch sports on other channels without cable?
You can learn how to watch most sports channels with one of our many articles:
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- Bally Sports Arizona
- Bally Sports Detroit
- Bally Sports Florida
- Bally Great Lakes
- Bally Sports Indiana
- Bally Kansas City
- Bally Sports Midwest
- Bally New Orleans
- Bally Sports North
- Bally Sports Ohio
- Bally Sports Oklahoma
- Bally Sports San Diego
- Bally Sports South
- Bally Sports Southeast
- Bally Southwest
- Bally Sports Sun
- Bally Sports West
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