Diamondbacks’ Hall: TV coverage beyond streaming still to be announced

Feb 23, 2024, 12:29 PM

Arizona Diamondbacks...

Gabriel Moreno #14 of the Arizona Diamondbacks catches a pop fly in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers during Game Five of the World Series at Chase Field on November 01, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday announced subscription streaming options through MLB that left fans wondering if their cable, over-the-air or satellite services would leave them without their favorite baseball team.

President and CEO Derrick Hall a day later said not to worry.

“People are going to be able to watch on cable and satellite just as they did last year,” he clarified while joining Arizona Sports’ Wolf & Luke. “MLB is in the process of negotiating with the distributors like COX and DirecTV and then the same platforms that everybody has used. Then they’ll get the smaller distributors around the state that were also carrying our games.

“The announcement we put out yesterday … was really about that (streaming) product.”

The announcement also formally locked in that MLB Media would control production and put out streams over its in-house services. It now allows the league to move forward in having those negotiations with other distribution arms.

“As soon as we know what those channels are and when they’re finalized, all the distribution negotiations are buttoned up by MLB, we’ll be able to (tell fans where to watch) again,” Hall said.

Last July when the D-backs left Bally Sports Arizona’s platforms and were taken over by MLB, it similarly offered subscription options through the league’s services.

But the games also began to air locally for Phoenix-area COX cable subscribers on Yurview channel 4 and channel 7 in Tucson. DirecTV, Spectrum and Comcast xfinity also carried D-backs games. Fubo and DirecTV Stream offered alternative streaming options.

It is unclear which of those channels will continue to carry games in 2024.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Eugenio Suárez...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks drop messy getaway game to Cubs in avoidable series loss

The group of self-inflicted losses from the Diamondbacks early this season grew on Wednesday against the Cubs.

5 hours ago

Jordan Montgomery...

Arizona Sports

Jordan Montgomery to debut for Diamondbacks with start Friday vs. Giants

Jordan Montgomery will make his Arizona Diamondbacks debut Friday against the San Francisco Giants, manager Torey Lovullo told reporters.

12 hours ago

Tommy Henry...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks roster moves: Tommy Henry optioned, Eduardo Rodriguez moved to 60-day IL

The Arizona Diamondback made roster moves to help the bullpen after back-to-back extra-inning games against the Chicago Cubs.

13 hours ago

Randal Grichuk...

Alex Weiner

Clutch moments from Ketel Marte, Randal Grichuk push Diamondbacks to win over Cubs

Randal Grichuk smoked a gapper to walk the Cubs off and give the D-backs a victory that left manager Torey Lovullo emotionally drained. 

22 hours ago

Randy Johnson stars in new commercial 'Bird Ballparks'...

Bailey Leasure

‘What about birds?’ Randy Johnson gives birds a safe space in new commercial

Randy Johnson stars in new DIRECTV commercial 'Bird Ballparks', playing off 2001 incident where Johnson struck a bird with a pitch.

1 day ago

Gabriel Moreno...

Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno scratched Tuesday, Paul Sewald taking steps in rehab

The Diamondbacks scratched starting catcher Gabriel Moreno from Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs with a right thumb contusion. 

1 day ago

Diamondbacks’ Hall: TV coverage beyond streaming still to be announced