I’m wanting to cut the cord but some services, such as Bally Sports, require a cable provider in order to download the app and use with Roku. Is there a way to download the app once I no longer have a cable service?
Yes, you can download the app of course, but you will need to either have a cable/satellite login, or (I'm assuming) an account with them where you pay them monthly to watch their programming. I've been attempting to activate the app using my dad's DirecTV credentials, which is how I watched local sports teams when it was still Fox Sports Southwest. That's the method that I've been unsuccessful with though on Roku. Those same credentials do work, however, when I go to their website on my laptop and use them to sign on there.
I know there's been a big outcry here in Dallas, because most providers have been in negotiations with Sinclair/Bally's to carry the station, and most of them haven't come to an agreement. Only a small percentage of locals have been able to watch Mavs/Stars/Rangers for the last several months.
Roku doesn't manage channel logins or authentication. That is handled directly by the channel publisher. It's best to reach out to Bally Sports directly to get the channel going on your Roku. They can resolve the error you are having with the channel login.
No dice for me. Reset my Roku, uninstalled and reinstalled the Bally app. Still get directed to the /account page with an activation code, which makes no effing sense. Go to the /activate screen instead, get the invalid code message. Garbage. I can go to the Bally Sports website and log in with the code and watch it on my laptop. I guess I'll have to settle for that.