YouTube TV to cut Fox RSNs tonight
YouTube TV, the video streaming giant's subscription television service, has announced that it will no longer offer 19 of the Fox-branded regional sports networks owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group from tomorrow.
The two entities have failed to reach terms on a new carriage deal.
YouTube TV announced in February that it would no longer carry the RSNs due to rising costs, but a short-term agreement was subsequently brokered albeit not for Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket in Los Angeles or the YES Network in New York, the two major media markets in USA.
Both those channels carry matches from some of the respective cities' professional sports franchises.
YouTube TV said in a statement: “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 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.”
YouTube TV now costs $64.99 per month, following a 30 per cent price increase in July.
Earlier this month, YouTube TV signed a carriage deal with the NFL for the 24/7 NFL Network channel to be carried on its service. NFL RedZone, the channel featuring live action cut-ins as teams approach the opposition’s end zone, is available on the YouTube TV Sport Plus service, which costs an additional $10.99 per month.