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Utah Jazz launch streaming service with $126 price tag

Monthly and pay-per-view options are also available for the service, called Jazz Plus.

Monthly and pay-per-view options are also available for the service, called Jazz Plus.

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The Utah Jazz unveiled their streaming television service on Wednesday that will allow fans of the basketball team to watch live games and related content without a cable or satellite subscription.

The service, called Jazz Plus, will cost $125.50 per season, which breaks down to about $1.50 per game. Fans who subscribe to the annual plan before October 24 will also get two tickets to a home game, as well as a Utah Jazz t-shirt and hat.

Jazz Plus will also offer a pay-by-the-month subscription priced at $15.50, which will give streamers the flexibility of cancelling their service during the season without a commitment. Individual games will also be available on a pay-per-view basis, starting at $5 per game.

The monthly and annual plans include “exclusive content” and on-demand versions of all regular season games, along with access to pre-season games and Spanish-language broadcasts. The service is limited to the Utah Jazz’s home broadcast area, though travelers will still be able to stream live and on-demand games for up to 30 days until they are required to re-authenticate their location as within the home broadcast area.

Jazz Plus won’t limit the number of people who have access to an account, but the service will impose a hard limit of one stream per account — which means most fans probably won’t see the benefit of sharing a single account.

Right now, Jazz Plus is limited to mobile phones, tablets and computers, but the developer behind the service says it will support smart TVs running software from Roku, Android TV (Google TV), Apple TV and Samsung’s Tizen OS in time for the first regular-season game, which is scheduled to take place on October 25.

Those who live in the home broadcast area of the Utah Jazz won’t be limited to Jazz Plus: Regular season games will also air on free broadcast television. In the Salt Lake City area, games will air on Sinclair-owned KJZZ (Channel 14), which is also available on local cable systems.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).