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Sinclair “Disappointed” That YouTube TV Will No Longer Carry RSNs, But Remain In Discussions For Their Return

Jason Gurwin

Last night, we learned that starting on October 1st, YouTube TV will no longer carry Fox Sports Regional Sports Networks.

Barry Faber, Sinclair’s President Distribution & Network Relations, said “While we are disappointed that YouTube will discontinue carriage of the RSNs, we remain in discussions in an effort to find a mutually acceptable path to returning the RSNs to YouTube TV.”

He continued, “We intend to keep the public informed as to the progress of these discussions so that YouTube TV subscribers can make informed decisions regarding how to view the extremely popular programming carried on these RSNs.”

Given that there will be no MLB, NHL, or NBA games on these channels, until January at the earliest, YouTube TV had little pressure to keep the channels once baseball season ended.

With the removal from YouTube TV, Fox Regional Sports Networks will now only available to streamers on Hulu Live TV and AT&T TV NOW. A full comparison of Regional Sports Networks across services is below.

In a statement YouTube TV said:

To bring you 85+ channels, we periodically renegotiate contracts with content owners. In February, we announced we had negotiated an extension with Sinclair to continue providing FOX Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) through the end of MLB, NHL and NBA seasons.

Now that the seasons are over, that extension is expiring. Starting October 1, 2020, FOX RSNs will no longer be available on YouTube TV. Members that are impacted will no longer have access to Library recordings from the FOX RSNs.

This was a difficult decision made after months of negotiations. We hope we can bring FOX RSNs back in the future. We thank you for your membership as we work to make YouTube TV the best streaming experience. You will receive an email today if you are impacted by this change.”

This isn’t the only Live TV Streaming Service in a dispute with Sinclair over Fox Regional Sports Networks. Last July, Sling TV and Dish Network dropped the channels after being unable to reach an extension. In January, fuboTV dropped the RSNs from their service.

The channels are still dark on both services.

The channels which were acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group from Disney, after netting them as part of their deal for 21st Century Fox. FOX Regional Sports Networks broadcasts local telecasts of 14 MLB teams, 17 NBA teams and 13 NHL teams.

Comparison of Live TV Streaming Services Across RSNs

AT&T TV fuboTV Hulu Philo Sling TV YouTube
Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Sign Up
$69.99 $64.99 $64.99 $20 $35 $35 $64.99
Altitude ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh ≥ $84.99 - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
AT&T SportsNet Southwest ≥ $84.99 - - - - -
Bally Sports Arizona ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Carolinas ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Detroit ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Florida ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Great Lakes ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Indiana ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Kansas City ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Midwest ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports New Orleans ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports North ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Ohio ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Oklahoma ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports San Diego ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports SoCal ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports South ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Southeast ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Southwest ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Sun ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Tennessee ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports West ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Bally Sports Wisconsin ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Arizona ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Carolinas ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Detroit ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Florida ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Indiana ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Kansas City ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Midwest ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports New Orleans ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports North ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Ohio ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Oklahoma ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Prime Ticket ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports San Diego ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports South ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Southeast ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Southwest ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Sun ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Tennessee ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports West ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Fox Sports Wisconsin ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
LA FC Sports Network - - - - - -
Longhorn Network - - - - ^ $11 - -
Marquee Sports Network ≥ $84.99 - - - - -
MASN ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
MASN2 ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
MSG ≥ $84.99 - - - - -
MSG+ ≥ $84.99 - - - - -
NBC Sports Bay Area ≥ $84.99 - - -
NBC Sports Boston ≥ $84.99 - - -
NBC Sports California ≥ $84.99 - - -
NBC Sports Chicago ≥ $84.99 - - -
NBC Sports Northwest - - - -
NBC Sports Philadelphia - - - -
NBC Sports Philadelphia+ - - - -
NBC Sports Washington ≥ $84.99 - - -
NBC Sports Washington+ - - - - -
NESN ≥ $84.99 - - - - -
Root Sports Northwest ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Spectrum SportsNet ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
Spectrum SportsNet LA ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
SportsNet NY ≥ $84.99 - - -
SportsTime Ohio ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -
YES Network ≥ $84.99 - - - - - -

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