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The unfortunate Braves TV broadcast of fans still missing from some TV providers

Some Braves fans say they plan to switch TV providers to watch the game during the season, while others say they have adapted to not receive the game. Some say the Braves shouldn’t tolerate situations that limit viewers.

Last year, Braves’ regular season television broadcast rating at Bally Sports South / South East fell 25% from 2019 levels in the Atlanta television market (all post-season games are widely available domestically. Performed by the network).

Braves fan Michael Gray, 32, is a YouTube TV subscriber. Last year, I couldn’t watch regular season games except on national broadcasts or when I was “on the go.” In most cases, he found another way to catch up.

“I’m a stats tycoon, so I’ll follow the phone by looking at box scores and live updates,” said a Roswell resident. “That seemed enough. I don’t think it really affected my level. Fandom itself.”

Gray worked for Fox Sports South in 2014-15, running a social media account and directly seeing the viewer’s reaction when a carriage dispute robs a particular TV provider’s lineup of games.

“I’ll see fan turmoil, and generally speaking it was always the same:” We don’t care who it’s because of who; we tell you what about it I just want you to do it, “Remembered Gray. TV business.

But as a fan, he considers it “very important” to make sporting events available on increasingly popular streaming platforms “without making them too expensive for consumers.”

David Walker, who lives in Stateboro, has been a member of the Braves fan of Dish Network since his father took him to his first game in 1966, the team’s first season in Atlanta. Turner’s superstation has made the Braves an “American team.”

“I didn’t like it at first,” he said of Dish’s lack of a Bally-branded network. So I realized that he was more and more enjoying college baseball.

He is interested in the Direct Sales (DTC) sports streaming service planned by Sinclair. The service will be launched by mid-year and fans will have access to television broadcasts of local team games for a standalone fee.

However, even if Sinclair launches such a service, the Braves television broadcast may not be part of it. Sinclair has contracts with five MLB teams to date, Tigers, Royals, Marlins, Brewers and Rays.

“We continue to believe that consumer (TV) is important to our future,” Braves said at the November Investor Conference, Team CEO Derek Schiller. However, Braves owner Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei was skeptical of Bally’s proposed DTC model at a meeting last month.

“Frankly, I don’t think most (MLB) teams are attracted to doing it the way it’s structured,” Mafei said.

The problem of keeping Bally-branded networks away from Dish, YouTube TV (owned by Google), Hulu (owned by Disney), and some other streaming services (including Sling and FuboTV) is the amount carriers have to pay to Sinclair. It is summarized in.

Neither Sinclair nor Bally Sports South / South East commented on this article. In a conference call with Wall Street analysts last month, Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley said the company had a “lively dialogue” with major streaming distributors, but Staremate’s breakthrough.

With the start of the season on April 7, Braves fans who have dropped the Bally Sports Southeast have decided to change their TV provider, wait for a solution, or stop watching the game. You need to decide.

The Bally network will continue to be available on many cable services, including Comcast’s Xfinity and Charter’s Spectrum, as well as several plans offered by satellite provider DirecTV and streaming service DirecTV Stream (formerly AT & T TV).

Hartley switched from YouTube TV to DirecTV Stream at the beginning of last season to watch the Braves, and then at the end of the regular season.

But another Braves fan, FuboTV subscriber in Tennessee, Chris Harvey, thinks the team isn’t too hard to see.

“It’s a shame I can’t see the Braves unless I have a specific provider. I’m going to pay an extra fee to get the Braves game, but I don’t even have the option to do that, so I don’t even have to change providers. It’s crazy. “

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