Last week, we reported that YouTube TV would lose access to FOX Regional Sports Networks and the Yes Network starting February 29th. If you’re a YouTube TV subscriber, you may have noticed that didn’t happen. The good news, Sinclair Broadcast Group (which owns the Fox Regional Sports networks) and YoutTube reached a temporary agreement to keep the channels going while the two companies negotiate. The bad news? That could stop any second.
Hey, remember how cutting the cord and going to streaming only solutions was going to make TV better? Well, it didn’t turn out that way. Streaming resembles cable more and more every day, especially with some companies repackaging cabler offerings with a streaming name.
Unfortunately, just like cable, real streaming services are continually negotiating for the channels you can watch.
Negotiations between YouTube TV and Sinclair had broken down to the point that the streaming service threatened to pull all the Fox Regional Sports Networks and Yes Network entirely. It’s a familiar tactic at this point.
But as confirmed on Twitter by YouTube TV, that’s not happening for now. Thanks to a temporary extension, YouTube TV viewers will continue to have access to Fox Sports and the Yes Network, for now. The two companies are continuing to negotiate, and hopefully, temporary access becomes permanent access (at least until next time contracts expire).
We are! We have agreed to a temporary extension! FOX Regional Sports Networks and YES Network are still available on YouTube TV while we work to reach an agreement. We’ll be sure to share an update as soon as we have more info on a potential timeline. More to come!
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) February 29, 2020
But, keep mind that this is a temporary extension. Either of the two companies could change course at any time, and you might still lose your sports. Isn’t it great that cord-cutting solved the scourge of overpriced cable services that occasionally lose the channels you love?