There's nothing worse than being held hostage by someone you're paying for the privilege. That's maybe not exactly fair, but that's very much the feeling folks are getting yet again with this week's news that YouTube TV would be dropping the Fox Regional Sports Networks and YES amid a contract dispute with Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Who's to blame? I've argued before that both sides deserve some grief. But this is a little different than the former DirecTV Now being at odds with CBS, because you had more options. When it comes to the Fox RSNs, things are tougher to come by.
Here's what you need to know about the live TV streaming services and Fox Regional Sports Networks:
(If you want to skip down to the services that still have the Fox RSNs, click here.)
YouTube TV: Still here, for now ...
The current object of our ire: YouTube TV announced that it'd be dropping the Fox RSNs and the YES network on Feb. 29, 2002. But Feb. 29 has come, and the channels are still here, apparently having received a reprieve.
The reason? Same as always. Money.
Said YouTube TV by Tweet:
We do not take this decision lightly. This is a reflection of the rising cost of sports content. You may have noticed several other TV services have also decided to remove FOX Regional Sports Networks from their lineups.
So Sinclair wants more money for the Fox RSNs. And YouTube TV doesn't want to pay whatever that new number is. And as they noted in their tweet, they're not alone.
Sling TV: Dropped in September 2019
Sling took a more acrimonious tack, squarely placing the blame on "the owners of Fox Regional Sports Networks."
From a Sling support page:
We're constantly negotiating with programmers to keep your cost low and provide you with the best value. Unfortunately, the owners of FOX Regional Sports Networks and YES Network has made the deliberate decision to block your access to their channels. They have made unreasonable demands, and we refuse to impose those demands on you, our customer.
It went on, answering whether it'd be able to bring the Fox RSNs back at some point, basically calling whatever Sinclair was demanding "unfair." (Whether it is or not certainly is in the eye of the beholder.)
We are always willing to engage in proposals that are fair for our customers, but based upon Sinclair's offer, we have not reached a deal to bring FOX Regional Sports Networks back to Sling customers. At this time, we believe it is unlikely that we will come to an agreement to restore this programming.
So. No Fox RSNs on Sling.
Sling has, however, created an update page that explains things even further, complete with video: "A few of our channel owners wanted to raise their prices and limit your selection, which simply does not fit with our mission. We couldn't accept these demands without sacrificing our promise to you, so they pulled their channels."
Hulu With Live TV: Yes to Fox RSNs
Hulu With Live TV has definitely become the go-to live TV streaming service for Fox RSNs now that YouTube TV has dropped them, in part because it's one of the two remaining service that support them — and it's the less expensive of the two.
The exact channels you'll get depend on where you live, of course. That's the regional part of the equation. So you'll want to double check which channels you get where you live, just in case. But Fox RSNs are supported by Hulu, built in to your monthly subscription.
Hulu with Live TV
- The cost: $55 a month after a one week free trial
- Watch Hulu on: Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, and browsers
- Local channels on Hulu: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and others. Find your local channels here.
- Fox RSNs and YES on Hulu with Live TV? Yes.
More on Hulu with Live TV:
Best of English football
Get your Fox Regional Sports.
Hulu is the biggest live-TV streaming service in the United States, and now it's one of two that carries the Fox Regional Sports Networks.
AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV Now is the other live TV streaming service that carries the Fox Regional Sports Networks. But it's also more expensive than Hulu With live TV.
The Fox RSNs and YES are available with the AT&T Now Max plan, which runs $80 a month. That plans also includes HBO and Cinemax.
If you're opting for the "other" plans available on AT&T TV Now (Plus and Max are "featured" and are what they push harder), you'll need at least the Choice plan. It runs $110 a month and has a lot more channels. You'll also get the Fox RSNs and YES on the even-more-expensive Xtra and Ultimate plans, which run $124 and $135 a month, respectively.
AT&T TV Now - Max and up
- The cost: From $80 a month after a free trial
- Watch AT&T TV Now on: Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, and browsers
- Local channels on AT&T TV Now: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and more. Find your locals here.
- Fox RSNs and YES on AT&T TV Now?: Yep.
More on AT&T TV Now:
Watch it all
A little extra if you want to watch
You can get the Fox RSNs and YES on AT&T TV Now, but it's going to cost you. The cheapest plan they're on is $80 a month.
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