A number of Fox Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) will no longer be available to YouTube TV subscribers from October 1, the company said.
The move comes after YouTube and Fox first spoke publicly about the release of Fox channels on YouTube TV in February, but the two companies agreed to postpone the remaining seasons of MLB, NBA and NHL until 2020. With the onset of NBA seasons and the NHL until the end, and with MLB due to end around the end of October, the agreement between Fox and YouTube is also being broken.
“To provide you with more than 85 channels, we periodically renegotiate contracts with content owners,”
Approximately 19 channels will be affected. According to Diversity, they include Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Kansas City, Fox Sports Midwest, Fox Sports New Orleans, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sportstime Ohio, Fox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Sun, Fox Sports Tennessee and Fox Sports Wisconsin.
However, the goal is to bring them back to YouTube TV. Barry Faber, Sinclair’s president of distribution and networking, told Diversity that Sinclair (who owns RSN) continues to have discussions with YouTube “in an attempt to find a mutually acceptable way to get RSN back to YouTube TV.”
This form of public dueling here and there is called a transportation dispute. Most recently, NBCUniversal and Roku underwent their own version of this. NBCUniversal and parent company Comcast have threatened to download a number of NBC apps from Roku, while the companies have negotiated terms for downloading NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming app to Roku. It took less than 24 hours after NBCUniversal’s move to reach a deal – and that’s the ultimate goal.
“It was a difficult decision after months of negotiations,” the YouTube TV account added. “We hope to be able to return FOX RSN in the future.”
Both Sinclair and YouTube are likely to want Fox’s regional sports networks on YouTube TV – this helps justify the $ 65 monthly fee for YouTube TV subscribers. It’s just a matter of trying to force each other’s hand.
And so, disputes over transportation. Cable network subscribers may have encountered this, as cable providers and networks sometimes go into eclipses to try to speed up negotiations. But for knives that may have never bought a cable: welcome!