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Bally Sports Detroit is a regional sports network (“RSN”) that broadcasts Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, and Detroit Red Wings regular season games in-market, as well as coverage of the Detroit Lions.
Formerly named FOX Sports Detroit, the channel rebranded to Bally Sports Detroit when Sinclair Broadcasting took over all of FOX Sports RSNs in 2019. As a kid growing up in Detroit, we used to watch FOX Sports Detroit all the time, and my friend’s father, Toby Cunningham, was a producer for the Red Wings games on the old FOX Sports Detroit. You can live stream Bally Sports Detroit on most major streaming devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iPhone, and more, with DIRECTV STREAM “Choice” and Bally Sports Plus.
The programming on Bally Sports Detroit is very similar to what aired under the FOX brand. Due to contract disputes over carriage fees, there is only one live TV streaming provider that currently carries Bally Sports Detroit, DirecTV Stream.
Which live TV streaming providers carry Bally Sports Detroit?
With the launch of Bally Sports Plus, sports fans in Detroit can live stream Bally Sports Detroit with DIRECTV STREAM “Choice” and Bally Sports Plus.
How to watch Bally Sports Detroit in Michigan
As a regional channel, Bally Sports Detroit can only be live streamed .regionally According to Wikipedia, Bally Sports Detroit is available throughout Michigan, as well as in northeastern Indiana, northwest Ohio and some portions of northeastern Wisconsin.
With the DirecTV Stream “Choice” package, Detroit Sports fans can watch Pistons, Red Wings, and Tigers action. Although Bally Sports Detroit doesn’t carry NFL games, you can watch the Lions on FOX 2 Detroit.
DirecTV Stream also carries the channels you need to watch most games that are blacked out due to exclusive national TV contracts.
For Detroit sports fans who want to watch the game on the go, there are two option for viewing Bally Sports Detroit on a mobile device. Probably the easiest way is to use the DirecTV Stream app, but you can also use a DirecTV Stream account to login to the Bally Sports mobile app.
Read our DirecTV Stream review.
Bally Sports Plus only offers Bally Sports Detroit. The platform is a one channel subscription that won’t satisfy most sports fans in Detroit.
Watching Bally Sports Detroit FAQ
Although you can watch most in-market regular season games for the Red Wings, Tigers, and Pistons on Bally Sports Detroit, there will be blackouts. Be on the lookout for exclusive national broadcasts, games where a major media player owns the rights to show a game on its platform only, where a Detroit team is featured.
For example, when TNT has an exclusive NBA or NHL game, and the Wings or Pistons are playing, Bally Sports Detroit will be blacked out. The good news is that DirecTV Stream carries almost all the channels you will need to watch Detroit teams play on the national stage.
No, you can’t watch Michigan football or basketball games on Bally Sports Detroit. Bally Sports doesn’t have the TV rights to air Big Ten sporting events.
No, you can’t watch Michigan State football or basketball games on Bally Sports Detroit. Bally Sports doesn’t have the TV rights to air Big Ten sporting events.