FOX Forces Regional Channels Off YouTube TV, Meaning Another Platform Without Local Pro Sports

Surprise, surprise… FOX has priced YouTube TV out of its local lineup. Add YouTube to the growing list of providers who have dropped local FOX channels that hold viewing rights to teams in Minnesota line the Timberwolves, Wild and Twins.

Here is the list of providers who no longer offer FOX regional channels in Minnesota. The platforms that have strikes through them, have folded completely:

  • Dish Network
  • Sling
  • Playstation Vue
  • Fubu

The only way you can watch your regional FOX channels now through a national provider, if you don’t have a cable package, is DirecTV, Hulu Live, and AT&T TV.

Obviously, DirecTV isn’t letting any sports channels get away from them and AT&T is bigger than any provider we are discussing… but I’d be really nervous if my cord-cutting life as a sports fan now relies solely on Hulu Live. I’ve heard of a lot of people who use YouTube TV or Hulu Live but I don’t know anyone who uses AT&T TV.

It sure seems like FOX is forcing streaming options out of the game. You can’t be a legitimate live television provider if you aren’t offering regional sports. Regional sports is the only thing that is keeping live TV…. alive.

We take the hit every month for cable but that’s because I can’t handle being on Twitter and seeing what happens before they transpire on my TV. For most though, that’s the least of their worries.

The free market will correct itself though. Maybe NBC decides to expand its local coverage to the midwest and we can get rid of FOX all together… or maybe a smaller company can land the rights and we can get an “MSC” of sorts back, like the glory days… if there is enough money in it, somebody will find a way to make it happen.

Let me know if you have tried AT&T TV or if you know about any options I may have missed.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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