Sports Time Ohio, soon to be Bally's Sports - Great Lakes, is the Indians channel; Fox Sports Ohio, soon to be Bally's Sports - Ohio is the Reds channel.
As to MLB.tv, MLB blacks out your "local" team(s) based on an arcane map dating from the 70s, with most team having vast over-claims which over lap each other such that some places have as many as six home teams. You will NOT get any team on mlb.tv if you are physically located within its claim. FYI the Reds claim is all of Kentucky, all of Ohio except the Cleveland DMA, all of Indiana except the Chicago DMA, all of Tennessee, southern and western West Virginia, western North Carolina, and northern Mississippi. Yes, the Reds claim to be the home team in Mississippi.
Sinclair is working on an in-market on-line availability, but it will not launch this year.
The best way to get the Reds is to subscribe to a service that carries Fox Sports Ohio.
It'd be nice if the sports teams would actually leverage some power here to ensure carriage. In fact, I ponder if there is a lawsuit potential against teams being able to claim distribution territories but not being available for people in said territories.
IE if you are to claim television territory, you must be available on all cable/sat distributors. It is first world problems, but just changing your sat/cable provider isn't actually a simple thing to do.
As I pointed out in the other thread, the placement of the team logos on the new map does not exactly make that clear. It seems to imply that there may be some realignment of which teams air on which channel, although the article does not mention that:
This week, Sinclair and Bally’s Corporation released a joint statement alongside a new logo and new names for Sinclair’s owned and operated regional sports networks. The two companies announced a partnership that led to the rebranding in November. The new names and logos will replace the current...
The placement of the team logos in Ohio on that map is a little odd, though, since it shows the Cleveland team logos in southwest Ohio, with the other teams' (Reds and Blue Jackets) logos in northeast Ohio. So, that is the reverse of where they should be. Also, the placement of the team logos next to the channel logos makes it hard to determine which teams go with which channel. Do you go from left to right (putting Reds and Blue Jackets on BS Ohio) or from top to bottom (putting Indians and Cavs on BS Ohio)?
- MLB insists that every single square inch of the country has at least one "local" team, and some up to 6. It has allowed vast over claims, I was just picking on the Reds because they were the subject, every team does it. To use Ohio's other team, even more ridiculous. All of Ohio except the Cincinnati and Dayton DMAs, the same claim the Reds make to West Virginia (100% Reds country), northeast Kentucky (the part of KY that gets Huntington-Charleston WV TV) (100% Reds), northeast Pennsylvania (100% Pirates) and Buffalo (mostly Yankees with some Mets and maybe some Blue Jays tossed in).
This actually makes some sense with regards to the Indians, since their AAA affiliate used to be in Buffalo for many years, before the Indians switched to having the Columbus Clippers as their AAA team instead. SportsTime Ohio may have even carried some Buffalo Bisons games when the channel first launched, due to the Bisons' (at the time) affiliation with the Indians.