One of the most common questions we are getting right now is if YouTube TV will be brining back MLB Network and MLB.TV. With just a few days left until the start of the MLB season, many YouTube TV subscribers are wondering if the MLB Network will return before it starts. Back in January, YouTube TV and the MLB Network failed to reach a deal, and MLB Network was removed from YouTube TV. A few weeks later MLB.TV was also removed.
In this post, we will look at if YouTube TV will bring back MLB Network and MLB.TV before the start of MLB on the 30th of March.
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Luke answers will MLB Network and MLB.TV comes back to YouTube TV:
The good news is YouTube TV has repeatedly stated that they are still in talks with the MLB Network. In statements posted on Twitter, YouTube said, “we understand how frustrating the news was & it wasn’t the outcome we wanted. We’ll continue conversations w/ the MLB Network in the hope of restoring their content on YouTube TV in the future.”
At issue here is the price hike MLB Network wants. Rumors say MLB Network wants a price hike and YouTube TV may have been asking to move the network to a sports add-on. For now though these reports have been nothing but rumors. Details have not been disclosed, but both sides have said they hope to reach a deal.
The truth is, though, we don’t know if MLB and YouTube TV will be able to reach a deal before the start of the season. Blackouts like this are not unusual, and in the past, they often get resolved right around the start of the MLB season.
With that said, it is very possible that MLB and YouTube TV won’t reach a deal, and the MLB Network will never return to YouTube TV. Both sides in these talks have been very quiet about the blackout recently, leaving YouTube TV subscribers left to wonder.
I wish I had better news, but for now, we have to wait and see. Anything is possible, but no leaks have come recently suggesting a deal between YouTube TV and MLB is near.
The good is MLB fans are not locked into a long-term contract with YouTube TV. Cord cutters can still stream the MLB Network live on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and other compatible devices with a subscription to DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Sling TV, and Vidgo.
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