Cable and satellite
Fox Sports Arizona will be your home for the Diamondbacks as usual. But, for the first time, all 162 games will be covered in the local area, with none of those pesky "radio only" games. No slight on the radio guys, it's more that I always felt I was going to miss out on a no-hitter or something! Almost all of the games will be screened on Fox Sports Arizona, but while the Suns and Coyotes are still playing there may be some which move to Fox Sports Arizona Plus. The first of these will be the second game of the season, on April 5 - this page will help you locate the Plus channel. [That night, all three teams are actually playing simultaneously]
As usual, the games will be preceded and followed by Diamondbacks Live, For the first time, some games will also be simulcast in Spanish, with news and analysis from the team, brought to you by Todd Walsh, Jody Jackson, Joe Borowski and Brandon Webb, And for the first time, 25 games will be broadcast simultaneously in Spanish, on Fox Sports Arizona Plus, with Óscar Soria giving viewers play-by-play action, while former Diamondback pitcher Rodrigo López provides color analysis. Soria, incidentally, is one of the longest-tenured members of the broadcast family, entering his 18th season covering the team.
About the only man with seniority on Soria is Greg Schulte, who returns on the radio side to start his 19th year covering the team - he's likely the only team broascaster to be immortalized in a bottle-opener! He'll be joined by Tom Candiotti, in his 11th season of color analysis. New this year, however, is Mike Ferris, who will cover the pre- and post-game shows, D-backs BP Show and Diamond Talk respectively, and also pinch-hit on analysis as needed. Almost all games will air on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, though a couple of early ones are on KTAR 92.3 FM. Spanish coverage for all games, with Soria and Lopez the main guys, will be on KSUN La Mejor 1400.
As in previous years, out of town fans will be able to watch games on MLB.tv - providing their out of town-ness doesn't conflict with MLB's blackout policy. So, if you're in Las Vegas, you will, regrettably, remain hosed. Sorry, kishi. However, for the first time this year, those inside the blackout will be able to legally watch games online, providing their cable or satellite subscription includes Fox Sports Arizona. This is a boon to anyone who wants to watch the games from anywhere outside their living-room, and I expect a sharp increase in the checking of mobile phones at local restaurants, kids' dance recitals and offices...
Worth mentioning that, unlike mlb.tv, which has traditionally only shown the games themselves, the Fox Sports Arizona streaming coverage will also include the pre- and post-game shows, along with all the supplementary coverage, such as the 10th Inning, Local 9, Cup of Coffee with Steve Berthiaume, etc. Here's a FAQ from Fox Sports Arizona, which covers a few other points of note.
- Will I be able to stream D-backs games this season?
Yes. If you are a customer of a participating pay-TV provider, you will be able to stream FOX Sports Arizona's D-backs telecasts on FOX Sports GO (the three games on FS1 will also be available on the app - April 26 vs STL, May 21 at STL and Sept 19 at SD).
- Can I stream D-backs telecasts starting Opening Day?
Yes, assuming you are a customer of a participating pay-TV provider. An initial version of our MLB streaming product will debut in FOX Sports GO on Opening Day. As is customary when introducing new digital products, we will continue to make improvements based on customer feedback and use.
- How will it work and how much will it cost?
If a D-backs game is being televised on FOX Sports Arizona (or FS1), it will also be available on FOX Sports GO. To stream games, users will need to verify their credentials by signing in with their pay-TV provider's User ID and Password. There is no additional charge to use FOX Sports GO.
- How can I access FOX Sports GO?
FOX Sports GO is currently available for iOS, Android, Android TV, Fire tablets and Fire phones, select Windows devices, and online at FOXSportsGO.com. Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store.
- Why do I need to sign in?
FOX Sports GO is an extension of your pay-TV service that you get at home. FOX Sports GO allows viewers to watch on best available screen-- at home or on the go.
- Which pay-TV providers participate in FOX Sports GO?
Visit FOXSportsGO.com for a full list of participating pay-TV providers.
- What if I don't have my pay-TV provider credentials or I forgot them?
Contact your pay-TV provider to retrieve your username and password.
- FOX Sports GO isn't working. What can I do?
You can contact us on Twitter @FOXSportsGOHelp or visit foxsports.custhelp.com
Everything kicks off on Monday. with Fox Sports Arizona airing a special one-hour Opening Day pre-game show starting at 5:30 p.m, before Zack Greinke and the D-backs take on the Colorado Rockies in Chase Field.