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Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Sinclair announces Bally Sports+ OTT service price, continues with plan of Q2 soft launch and full fall launch

Well, after initial discussions of a “first half of 2022″ launch, Sinclair announced in February they’re planning for a Q2 soft launch (their Q2 runs April-June, so that’s coming quickly), with a full launch in the fall ahead of the next NBA and NHL seasons. And on their first-quarter earnings call Wednesday, they continued on with that timeline, but also revealed their current pricing plans. Here’s more on that (and on the wider company context) from Matt Tamanini of The Streamable:

The company announced that the plan was still to have a soft launch of the streamer this quarter and that it will cost $189.99 annually or $19.99 per month. Later during the company’s earnings call, CEO Chris Ripley referred to the upcoming service as “Bally Sports+.”

On Tuesday, Ripley said that the streaming service would launch with “an attractive price point as compared to other similar professional sports DTC offerings.”

Of course, the big issue still is markets and rights, especially in baseball (they’ve gained full NHL and NBA rights, but the latter at least are coming on a year-to-year basis). Sinclair’s owned-and-operated Bally Sports RSNs carry 14 MLB teams (not counting the Chicago Cubs, who are on Sinclair-owned Marquee but have a separate streaming approach there, and not counting the Yankees, who are on YES, where Sinclair only has a minority stake), but only five of those 14 have signed on for DTC streaming rights. That’s a problem considering the importance of MLB (and its 162 games a season) to the general RSN model. But maybe that “constructive dialogue” leads to more MLB teams coming on board, and maybe teams see this rollout go well and want in. At any rate, it makes sense that they’re only soft-launching in Q2 given their minimal MLB availability (and this soft launch will reportedly be focused on the five markets where they do have MLB rights), with the larger launch coming in the fall around their wider NBA and NHL rights.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2022 at 02:27 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: bally sports, streaming rights

Monday, April 18, 2022

Matt Vasgersian “embarrassed” by the Angels’ remote broadcast difficulties

The Angels and Bally Sports have gone with a unique broadcast setup this year, choosing Matt Vasgersian as their lead play-by-play voice even though he’s based on the East Coast.

The experiment has gotten off to a rocky start thanks to various technical issues that come with not only broadcasting games remotely, but broadcasting them with the actual broadcasters not calling games together. It’s one thing to have Vasgersian and partner Mark Gubicza calling games together off-site somewhere. That’s bad enough, and leads to problems. But having them separate and off-site has led to viral moments already, like this botched home run call over the weekend.

Essentially, it’s just the inherent delays involved; not just the Trout homer, but other moments as well make it very apparent to viewers that there’s a lag.

Vasgersian knows this. He even went on the record with The Athletic’s Sam Blum in a piece published last night, calling it embarrassing:

“I’m embarrassed when I miss a home run call,” Vasgersian said. “And nobody wears that harder than me. It’s like the worst thing that you can do in this business. It stinks for the fans. It stinks for the guy that hit it. It stinks for me. And everybody likes to make fun of the guy that gets something wrong.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2022 at 10:36 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bally sports, broadcasting



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