Beginning from October 1st, YouTube TV will no longer have access to Fox regional sports channels owned by Sinclair. The Google-owned streaming TV service first revealed that it would no longer carry Fox Regional Sports Networks back in February because it was “unable to reach an agreement” with the broadcaster. The two companies were able to arrange an extension that would give subscribers continued access to the channels while hashing out the terms of the deal.
YouTube TV has announced the development on Twitter, where it also revealed that the subscribers will no longer have access to their former Fox sports channel recordings. The service noted that the extension it agreed was only meant to last until the end of the 2020 MLB, NHL, and NBA seasons. “Now that the seasons are over, that extension is expiring,” it said in an announcement.
The service didn’t mention why they weren’t able to strike a deal, but back when the dispute with Sinclair was first revealed, it pointed Engadget to its attempt at balancing the climbing costs of sports broadcasting with delivering a god value to subscribers. In a statement posted on Twitter, YES Network noted that “YouTube TV, for its own selfish reasons, refuse to pay the market rate and accept market terms and conditions that other YES distributors have agreed to.”
We are quite not sure how many channels the service is losing exactly due to conflicting numbers I various sources, but it’s between 19 and 21. YouTube TV sets subscribers back at least $65 a month — or almost double its launch price — after a $15 price increase back in June.
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