If you’re a fan of Fox Sports and you’re wondering when it’s coming back to YouTube TV, we have some good news for you. Fox Sports is returning to YouTube TV on August 17th!
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Fox Sports and Youtube TV: A Partnership in Disarray
In October 2018, YouTube and Fox Sports entered into a multi-year partnership which resulted in YouTube TV becoming the first live TV streaming service to offer Fox Sports’ channels: FS1, FS2, Fox Soccer Plus, and Fox Deportes. However, less than 18 months into the partnership, the relationship between Fox and YouTube is in disarray, with both sides accusing the other of breaching the contract.
The dispute centers around a clause in the contract that gives YouTube the right to negotiate for lower rates for sports programming if certain “affiliate fees” are not met. Fox alleges that YouTube has breached the contract by not paying enough affiliate fees, while YouTube claims that Fox is demanding more money than what was agreed upon in the contract.
As a result of the dispute, Fox Sports channels were pulled from YouTube TV on February 29th, 2020. At this time, it is unclear when or if the channels will return to YouTube TV.
The History of Fox Sports on Youtube TV
Fox Sports and Youtube have had a complicated history. Fox Sports was first added to Youtube TV in April of 2017. However, in October of that same year, Fox Sports and Youtube had a falling out and Fox Sports was removed from the platform. Then, in February of 2019, it was announced that Fox Sports would be returning to Youtube TV. However, the return was short-lived as, just a few months later in May of 2019, Fox Sports once again left Youtube TV.
It is unclear exactly what caused the rift between Fox Sports and Youtube TV, but it seems that the two companies have been unable to come to an agreement on terms. As a result, fox sports has come and gone from Youtube TV several times over the past few years.
At this time, it is unclear when or if Fox Sports will be returning to Youtube TV. However, given the fact that the two companies have been unable to come to an agreement in the past, it seems unlikely that they will be able to do so in the future.
The Fallout of the Fox Sports-Youtube TV Partnership
In October of 2018, it was announced that Fox Sports had reached a deal with YouTube TV to bring Fox Sports channels to the streaming service. However, in early 2019, it was reported that the deal had fallen through and that Fox Sports channels would no longer be available on YouTube TV. This left many subscribers wondering when Fox Sports would be back on YouTube TV, or if it ever would be.
It is unclear what exactly caused the deal to fall through, but it is likely that it was due to disagreements over money. YouTube TV is a subscription service that costs $40 per month, and it is possible that Fox Sports wanted more money from YouTube than they were willing to pay. Whatever the reason, the fallout of the deal has left many subscribers feeling frustrated and disappointed.
Fox Sports is one of the most popular networks for sports fans, and its absence from YouTube TV leaves a big hole in the streaming service. There areAlternative solutions available, but they are not ideal. For now, it seems like fans of Fox Sports will have to wait and see if the network ever comes back to YouTube TV.
How Fox Sports’ Departure Affected Youtube TV Subscribers
Fox Sports’ departure from YouTube TV left many subscribers scrambling to find a suitable replacement. The loss of Fox Sports meant the loss of access to popular sporting events like Major League Baseball, NASCAR, and college football. YouTube TV tried to offset the loss of Fox Sports by adding ESPN, but it wasn’t enough to keep everyone happy. Many subscribers cancelled their subscriptions and others downgrade their service.
Why Fox Sports Decided to Leave Youtube TV
Fox Sports decided to leave Youtube TV in order to pursue a direct-to-consumer streaming service. This means that Fox Sports will no longer be available on Youtube TV as of February 29th, 2020.
Fox Sports says that the move will allow them to offer a more comprehensive and customized experience for their viewers. Fox Sports wants to offer viewers the ability to choose which sports they want to watch, rather than having a single channel that airs all sports.
Youtube TV has released a statement saying that they are disappointed with Fox Sports’ decision, but they understand that Fox Sports wants to pursue a different business model. Youtube TV says that they are committed to working with all networks and content providers in order to provide the best possible experience for their viewers.
How Youtube TV Is Faring Without Fox Sports
Since the beginning of 2019, YouTube TV has been without two major networks — Fox Sports and FS1. This is a big deal for sports fans, as these networks offer some of the most popular live sporting events, including NFL games, MLB games, UEFA Champions League matches, and UFC pay-per-views.
YouTube TV has been trying to make up for the loss of these networks by partnering with other sports networks such as ESPN, NBC Sports, and CBS Sports. However, many YouTube TV users are still clamoring for the return of Fox Sports.
So when is Fox Sports coming back to YouTube TV? Unfortunately, there is no answer to that question at this time. While YouTube and Fox did renewed their partnership in May of 2019, that partnership does not cover the streaming rights to Fox Sports content.
It’s possible that Fox could sell the streaming rights to its sports content to another company, or it could launch its own streaming service similar to ESPN+. For now, though, sports fans will just have to wait and see what happens.
What the Future Holds for the Fox Sports-Youtube TV Partnership
The future of the Fox Sports-YouTube TV partnership is up in the air, as their contract is set to expire at the end of 2019. Fox has already stated that they are not interested in renewing the contract, but YouTube has not ruled out the possibility. While it is possible that the two sides will come to an agreement and continue their partnership, it is also possible that Fox Sports will be dropped from YouTube TV.
Can Fox Sports and Youtube TV reconcile?
Fox Sports and Youtube TV have had a rocky relationship, to say the least.
Fox Sports was one of the first networks to sign on with Youtube TV when the streaming service launched in 2017. But just a few months later, Fox Sports pulled its channels from Youtube TV, citing “unreasonable terms.”
Now, more than two years later, it’s unclear if and when Fox Sports will return to Youtube TV.
The dispute between Fox Sports and Youtube TV centers on two things: money and control.
Fox Sports is demanding more money from Youtube TV for its channels. And it also wants more control over how its channels are presented on the streaming service.
Youtube TV has resisted those demands, arguing that it already pays Fox Sports more than any other broadcaster. And it has balked at giving Fox Sports more control, fearing that it would set a precedent for other networks.
The impasse has left Fox Sports channels off of Youtube TV since November 2017. And it’s unclear if or when the two sides will reach a resolution.
What would it take for Fox Sports to come back to Youtube TV?
Youtube TV and Fox Sports had a falling out in March of 2019, with Fox Sports pulling its various channels from the streaming service. This was a big blow to Youtube TV, as it removed a major player in the world of sports broadcasting.
Negotiations between the two companies have been ongoing since then, but so far they have been unable to reach an agreement. It is believed that Fox is asking for a significant increase in the amount it gets paid per subscriber, and Youtube TV is unwilling to meet that price.
If an agreement is not reached soon, it is unlikely that Fox Sports will return to Youtube TV anytime in the near future.
What other options do Youtube TV subscribers have for watching Fox Sports?
As of right now, there is no set date for when Fox Sports will be returning to Youtube TV. In the meantime, Youtube TV subscribers have a few different options for watching Fox Sports. They can either sign up for a different streaming service that offers Fox Sports, such as Fubo TV or Sling TV, or they can use an antenna to watch Fox Sports broadcasts.