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#1 Diesel

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 12:27 PM

Does MLB and its TV affiliates (mostly Fox Sports channels) realize how idiotic they are being by not being available to be watched on major providers? YouTube TV just cancelled FSN on their platform, Dish Network has not had that channel for nearly a year now, and many other services do not play the baseball games on the platform anymore. I personally don’t do it, but it’s pretty easy to find these games online illegally. Shouldn’t MLB want people to be able to watch the games? MLB also blacks out games for people within a specific area around a team under their own subscription, meaning Iowa and Las Vegas can’t watch several teams, and all of Canada can’t watch the Blue Jays unless they have that specific cable channel. Even when games are on national channels, it seems like the Yankees/Red Sox/Cubs get the majority of games, with elite small market teams like the Rays, Twins, and Athletics barely get mentioned by the east coast.
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Posted 27 February 2020 - 12:34 PM

Yeah, I just got the email stating YouTube TV was dropping all the FOX Regional Sports Networks.I had just switched to it after PS Vue folded. Grrrr.I guess Hulu+ still has them, but I wonder for how long.Sling TV recently dropped them too.You would think Sinclair Broadcasting would not want to see their subscriber numbers drop for the RSN's...


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Posted 27 February 2020 - 12:35 PM

Try being a Twins fan in the "Twins Territory" of Iowa. MLB owners have traded lucrative short term financial windfalls with archaic regional sports networks and it only cost them the alienation of two, going on three generations of American baseball fans. 

 

 

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 12:37 PM

if you are cord cutter like me, you've probably entered into an agreement with YouTube TV, mainly because they were one of the few options that carried Fox Sports North. 

 

News came today that Youtube TV and Sinclair Broadcasting could not come to a deal and will be dropping Fox Sports North on February 29th.

 

 

This leaves fewer options outside of returning to cable. Hulu Live is one of the last subscription-based dealers that will carry Fox Sports North this coming season. 

 

Might have to settle for the Twins Radio Network in 2020. 

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 12:40 PM

Thanks for the heads up. A real bummer


#6 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 12:52 PM

And I was just about to renew YouTube TV for the season.

 

Blech, as Hulu isn't a great alternative, seeing how they don't carry MLBN.


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Posted 27 February 2020 - 12:55 PM

Anyway, while I despise Amazon for a multitude of reasons, this is why I wanted to see them gobble up the FSN regional brands when they went on the block.

 

Amazon would actively work to destroy the regional model blackout system, which would be a win for consumers. It's 2020, there's no effing reason for this kind of nonsense to exist anymore. Why would FSN care if someone from Colorado wanted to give them money to watch baseball, basketball, and hockey?

 

Frankly, the entire system is idiotic.

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#8 woolywoolhouse

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 01:53 PM

T-Mobile just announced that they would again be giving their subscribers free access to MLB.TV this season. There's browsers with built-in VPNs that will help with that.

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 01:58 PM

So, where does that leave us?...service providers unwilling to pay increasing prices for the content...and networks themselves treating MLB as second-tier content. Oh...and average game attendance slightly below where it was in 1993.

 

You know what this calls for, right?

 

Expansion.

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 02:00 PM

I just switched from Sling back to cable, since it ended up being about the same price to get cable and internet vs. Sling and internet (plus a better channel lineup).

 

I don't get why the RSN's are such a pain in the ass, but the streaming services just aren't as great as they once were, IMO. When I first got Vue, it was cheaper and had all the channels someone would want. Then they got rid of 10 channels and raised the prices. Switched to Sling and they raised the prices, then got rid of FSN.


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Posted 27 February 2020 - 02:57 PM

21st Century Fox was bought by Disney that sold the Fox sports networks to Sinclair Broadcasting Group.Sinclair has been in the red last quarter and they are trying to increase prices to reverse that.YouTube aka google aka alphabet made a profit of $35 billion last year.They can afford it, esp. if they lose customers.

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#12 Gernzy

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 03:11 PM

 

I just switched from Sling back to cable, since it ended up being about the same price to get cable and internet vs. Sling and internet (plus a better channel lineup).

 

I don't get why the RSN's are such a pain in the ass, but the streaming services just aren't as great as they once were, IMO. When I first got Vue, it was cheaper and had all the channels someone would want. Then they got rid of 10 channels and raised the prices. Switched to Sling and they raised the prices, then got rid of FSN.

 

This is exactly why I still have Comcast. I've thought about switching to Sling or Hulu but the cost is not much less when you add everything up. I mostly just watch local sports too. It sucks that there are barely any options left to view them.

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#13 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 03:40 PM

21st Century Fox was bought by Disney that sold the Fox sports networks to Sinclair Broadcasting Group.Sinclair has been in the red last quarter and they are trying to increase prices to reverse that.YouTube aka google aka alphabet made a profit of $35 billion last year.They can afford it, esp. if they lose customers.

I have no love for Disney but they were forced to sell the regional sports stations to get regulatory approval to buy the rest of Fox.

 

Which is too bad, as Sinclair is just awful.

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#14 scottz

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 05:43 PM

Well, poop.

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#15 Rutjers

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 05:43 PM

So what are the options now to see the Twins game if you don't have cable? I have YouTube TV. Are there just two choices: switch to HULU or go back to cable? Are there other options? I appear to be int he MLB.TV blackout area. Is there any other way to subscribe to FSN North online? Is there any direct subscription to FSN North? Fox Sports Go only seems to work if you subscribe to cable, then you can watch games on a laptop, tablet, etc. Is that all Fox Sports Go is?


#16 theBOMisthebomb

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 05:52 PM

Try being a Twins fan in the "Twins Territory" of Iowa. MLB owners have traded lucrative short term financial windfalls with archaic regional sports networks and it only cost them the alienation of two, going on three generations of American baseball fans.


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Iowa is not Twins Territory. Maybe Mason City.

#17 bobs

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 05:54 PM

Guess I won't be adding YouTube TV.Dropped Hulu b/c price jumped $15/month and you have limited times you can switch your location.Could be getting to know Provus and Dazzle better again...


#18 bobs

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 05:59 PM

...to make matter worse, we live in a blackout area for Twins games, so mlb.tv isn't an option.Any ideas guys?


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Posted 27 February 2020 - 06:39 PM

I dropped Dish because I could no longer watch the Twins. Switched to Youtube tv and now they're dropping FSN? WTF!!!!

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#20 Shaitan

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Posted 27 February 2020 - 07:16 PM

Given how many providers are dropping Fox, I'm thinking the issue lies on Fox and not the other way around.

 

I didn't realize YouTube TV comes via Sinclair...which is interesting in its own confusing multimedia way.

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