Will YouTube TV, Hulu subscribers get FOX Sports North in time for Wolves, Wild seasons?

The Timberwolves begin play in the regular season Dec. 23.
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The Timberwolves played the first of three preseason games Saturday night and fans with YouTube TV or Hulu Live didn't get to watch it because the streaming networks still haven't come to an agreement with FOX Sports Regional Networks (FSRN) provider Sinclair Broadcasting. 

It's been months since FOX Sports North was pulled from YouTube TV, and now with the Timberwolves opening the regular season two days before Christmas and the Wild set to begin play in January, cable cutters are left to wonder what's going on. 

The answer: There isn't one. 

Bring Me The News reached out to both YouTube TV and Sinclair Broadcasting and received no response from either party about the status of any potential contract negotiations. 

The only glimmer of a response came via Twitter from the FOX Sports North Twitter account, which actually advised fans to sign up for AT&T TV, which is essentially a DirecTV (owned by AT&T) spinoff that is a streaming service and doesn't require a satellite dish on top of your house. 

Here's the message FOX Sports North tweeted to YouTube TV subscribers on Dec. 10. 

"[YouTube TV] touts they have live sports, but they raised your bill and dropped FOX Sports North. Time to make the switch and get what you are paying for! AT&T TV is a great streaming option or visit http://getmyhometeams.com for more information."

AT&T TV offers five different packages, ranging from $59.99 a month to $129.99 a month. But add up to $8.49 a month to every package if you want regional sports channels, including FOX Sports North. So, essentially, the cheapest package you can subscribe to with the regional sports channel is $68.48, which is slightly more than YouTube TV and Hulu Live. 

So what's the catch? While Hulu and YouTube are month-to-month agreements, AT&T TV requires a 24-month agreement and the fine print explains that prices are higher in the second year.

At this point, it appears that it is nearly impossible to get FOX Sports North now unless you subscribe to an AT&T-owned product, be it AT&T TV or DirecTV. But FOX Sports North failed to mention in its tweet to Minnesota fans that there is another option: AT&T TV Now. 

AT&T TV Now includes FOX Sports North (not FOX Sports North Plus) and the cost is $80/month (a cheaper package is $55/month but does not include FSN). What's more is that it is billed monthly after a 7-day free trial. More info here

Maybe something happens with the streaming providers and Sinclair Broadcasting in due time, but the fact that FOX Sports North is publicly ripping YouTube TV and promoting AT&T pretty much tells you everything you need to know. 

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