Today YouTube TV announced that they will be dropping Sinclair Owned Fox Sports Networks on February 29th. This is the 3rd major live TV streaming service to drop Fox Regional Sports Networks since Sinclair bought them for just over $10 billion last year. Hulu and AT&T TV NOW are currently the only live TV streaming services that offer Fox RSNs. We’ll continue to keep an eye out for updates on the availability of Fox RSNs for cord cutters.
We purchase rights from Sinclair to distribute content to you. Despite our best efforts, we’ve been unable to reach an agreement with Sinclair. As a result, we will no longer offer FOX Regional Sports Networks, including YES Network, beginning February 29th.
— YouTube TV (@YouTubeTV) February 27, 2020
This fight seems to be over the Fox Regional Sports Networks only. Sinclair owned locals will remain on YouTube TV.
“We do not take this decision lightly. This is a reflection of the rising cost of sports content. You may have noticed several other TV services have also decided to remove Fox Regional Sports Networks from their lineups,” YouTube TV said in a statement on Twitter.
This news comes after Sling TV and fuboTV have also recently dropped Sinclair’s newly acquired Fox Regional Sports Networks. Both Sling TV and fuboTV pointed to the high costs of Fox Regional Sports Networks compared to the relatively low viewership.
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