Are you located in or near Minnesota and are a devoted fan of the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Wild, or Minnesota United FC? If yes, you need to get Bally Sports North as doing so will grant you access to the vast majority of games played by all of those teams.
In a hurry? If you want to get that channel without signing up for a long cable or satellite contract, you need to subscribe to DIRECTV STREAM for $84.99/mo as it is the only streaming service that currently carries it.
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What Is Bally Sports North?
Bally Sports North is one of the numerous Bally Sports affiliates that are spread across the country. Regional sports networks (RSNs) such as these provide focused coverage of local teams.
Bally Sports North is geographically limited, however. For example, those in Miami or Phoenix cannot watch these broadcasts without subscribing to an out-of-market service, such as MLB.TV ($24.99/mo).
Where Is Bally Sports North Available?
Bally Sports North’s broadcast area is centered around the Twin Cities, radiating out from there. It covers all of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
It is also available in the very northern part of Iowa; in the Hawkeye State, it is available in Mason City but not in Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Ames, or Des Moines.
What Sports Teams Does Bally Sports North Cover?
Bally Sports North covers most games played by the Minnesota Twins (MLB), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), Minnesota Wild (NHL), and Minnesota United FC (MLS).
It also carries about a third of the contests played by the Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) and a selection of college sports events, including several Minnesota Golden Gophers hockey games.
The most notable exception to this list of Minnesota-based teams that are featured on Bally Sports North is the Vikings. All of their games are available on over-the-air television channels to those based in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Others in the Bally Sports North broadcast area will experience the same in most cases but will occasionally need to tune elsewhere, such as to ESPN, to watch Vikings games.
Blackouts On Bally Sports North
Note that many of those based in Wisconsin will experience blackouts of Twins and Timberwolves games. That is because that state has its own teams in those sports: the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks.
However, viewers situated close to the Twin Cities (eg, in Eau Claire) will get all of the broadcasts of Minnesota-based teams as well as the Brewers and Bucks on Bally Sports Wisconsin.
Another consideration to make is that Golden Gophers sports events other than men’s hockey games are rarely shown on Bally Sports North.
The same is true for its coverage area’s other athletics programs that have at least one NCAA Division I team: North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Bemidji State, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State, St Cloud State, and St Thomas.
Programming that fills out Bally Sports North’s schedule is related to other sports as varied as snowmobiling, fishing, poker, surfing, auto racing, and tennis.
Bally Sports North Plus
Considering how many teams are featured on Bally Sports North, it is understandable that a second channel needed to be created: Bally Sports North Plus. This handles situations in which two games that Bally Sports North has rights to are being played simultaneously.
In fact, three of those teams playing at the same time happens on occasion, which is most apt to occur in April. In those cases, The CW Twin Cities (WUCW) takes on the role of Bally Sports Extra.
The CW is also available to DIRECTV STREAM subscribers who are located in or near the Twin Cities. The other option is to use your credentials and watch with the Bally Sports app.
Stream Bally Sports North With DIRECTV STREAM
Although there were a few streaming services that carried the previously named Fox Sports North, today, only one does. That’s DIRECTV STREAM.
In order to access this channel, you need to subscribe to its Choice plan, which is available for $84.99/mo. Accompanying that channel are others like the Big Ten Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FS1, MLB Network, and NBA TV.
Subscribers will generally get at least one other RSN as well, such as Bally Sports Wisconsin, NBC Sports Chicago, or Altitude.
If you want to make the bump up to the Ultimate plan ($94.99/mo), you will also be able to watch CBS Sports Network, FS2, and NHL Network. However, you will not miss many games played by teams in the Bally Sports North broadcast area if you stick with the Choice plan.
Alternatives to Bally Sports North
If you are in the Bally Sports North broadcast area, you generally have no other options if you are looking to watch the Twins, Timberwolves, Wild, or United FC as often as possible.
However, if you would like to simply make sure that you catch those teams’ biggest games, such as important playoff contests or other nationally televised games, your options open up.
Other streaming services provide access to all or nearly all national television outlets that will be showing those games. The main channels are Fox, FS1, TBS, TNT, and ESPN. The main providers include FuboTV ($64.99/mo), Hulu + Live TV ($64.99/mo), Sling TV ($35/mo), and Vidgo ($55/mo).
Also, note that Minnesota Golden Gophers games are often shown on the Big Ten Network. Many of the exceptions to that general rule are related to the school’s football and men’s basketball teams. Several of those games are instead on ABC, Fox, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and FS1.
Fans who are not blacked out can subscribe to out-of-market broadcasts of their favorite Minnesota-based teams through services such as MLB.TV ($24.99/mo), NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo), and ESPN+ ($6.99/mo). The latter option provides access to out-of-market broadcasts of Wild and United FC games.
Streaming Devices for Bally Sports North
You can run DIRECTV STREAM on most devices to watch Bally Sports North. Most models of Samsung smart TVs are supported. So are the popular “stick” devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV.
You can also watch on smartphones running iOS or Android. You can also cast from them directly to your TV via a Chromecast (built-in or external device). And, of course, you can watch it on most web browsers. DIRECTV STREAM also offers their own device, which is $120 flat or $5/mo.
As mentioned above, you can also watch on the Bally Sports App. It works on most of the devices discussed above along with the Xbox One and Android TV compatible devices.
If you are in the Bally Sports North broadcast area and want access to that channel and its coverage of the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Wild, and Minnesota United FC while ditching cable, you need to subscribe to DIRECTV STREAM ($84.99/mo).
Those still undecided should also take into account that it offers a 14-day money-back guarantee.
Can I subscribe directly to Bally Sports North?
Bally Sports North cannot be subscribed to directly. There has been public discussion of this possibility but there is nothing concrete. And if it does come to pass, it may be more expensive than you’d like. DIRECTV STREAM ($84.99/mo) offers streaming-only access to those located in the required broadcast region.
What happened to Fox Sports North?
On March 31, 2021, all of the country’s Fox Sports affiliates became Bally Sports ones. This occurred just prior to MLB’s opening day. On April 1, Bally Sports North broadcast its first game under its new name: the Twins season-opening contest in Wisconsin versus the Brewers.
How can I watch channels other than Bally Sports North without cable?
Check out the guides below for information on watching them without cable:
- ACC Network
- 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 SoCal
- Bally Sports South
- Bally Sports Southeast
- Bally Southwest
- Bally Sports Sun