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Why Don’t I Get My Local Fox Sports RSN on YouTube TV?

Jason Gurwin

In March, YouTube TV renewed their deal with Sinclair to keep Fox Sports Regional Sports Networks on the service.

Kind of.

The new deal dropped YES Network in New York, as well as Fox Sports West and Fox Sports Prime Ticket in Los Angeles.

But, if they didn’t drop local Fox Sports RSNs like Fox Sports Midwest or Fox Sports South, why can you no longer stream those channels, when you used to receive them?

That’s because YouTube TV narrowed the viewing area to just those in the primary market. This means that even though YouTube TV carries your local Fox Sports RSN, you might not receive it in your market.

The Streamable identified nearly 70 markets that lost at least one Fox Sports RSN in the change. Fox Sports Ohio and Fox Sports Southwest were most impacted, disappearing in over 15 markets. Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southwest, each were lost in over 10 markets. SportsTime Ohio, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports North, and Fox Sports Sun were each lost in at least five markets.

For instance, a YouTube TV subscriber in Iowa City said that prior to yesterday they received Fox Sports Midwest and Fox Sports North — which are no longer available in their market. Since the Minnesota Wild (Fox Sports North), St. Louis Blues (Fox Sports Midwest), and St. Louis Cardinals (Fox Sports Midwest) are all considered in their local area, they won’t be able to watch on NHL.TV and MLB.TV respectively.

This isn’t limited to just one set of RSNs or markets either. A customer in Toledo, OH lost Fox Sports Ohio, SportsTime Ohio, and Fox Sports Detroit. Another outside of Amarillo, lost Fox Sports Southwest, which means no Texas Rangers or Dallas Mavericks games — which are blacked out on out-of-market packages in their area.

What Are Your Alternatives to Stream Fox Sports RSNs?

Fortunately, for those affected, other services that carry the channels, Hulu Live TV and AT&T TV NOW, are still offering Fox Sports RSNs in nearby cities outside the primary market.