SAN BRUNO, California—YouTube TV will no longer broadcast Sinclair Broadcast Group’s regional sports networks effective October 1, as the SVOD service is shared through a series of tweets.
Next to a extension negotiated in March of this year that kept the RSN Sinclair on its service, YouTube TV informed its subscribers that the expansion was due to end on October 1. The goal of the extension, according to YouTube TV, was to keep RSNs available to subscribers until the end. seasons of the NHL, NBA and MLB – the NHL wrapped up earlier this week, while the NBA Finals and MLB playoffs begin and are available on national television networks.
Networks that will no longer be available to YouTube TV subscribers 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 Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Sun, Fox Sports Tennessee, Fox Sports Wisconsin and SportsTime Ohio.
In addition to the deleted channels, YouTube TV says that Fox RSN library recordings will also no longer be available.
“It was a difficult decision taken after months of negotiations,” YouTube TV tweeted. “We hope we can bring back the FOX RSNs in the future.” Subscribers about to lose these channels had to be notified by email, through YouTube TV.
No official comment from Sinclair has been posted on the decision.