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YouTube TV agrees temporary extension for Fox Sports North

It's trying to negotiate a longer-term deal with the Sinclair Broadcast Group.
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If you're a YouTube TV subscriber who planned to drop it after it lost Fox Sports North, you might want to delay those plans.

The streaming service announced late on Friday that it has reached a temporary agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group to keep the Fox Regional Sports Network – which includes FSN – on YouTube TV for now.

It means FSN will remain available while YouTube TV and Sinclair – which owns the Fox RSN – negotiate on a more permanent deal.

YouTube TV confirmed the agreement in messages to Twitter users inquiring about the loss of their local sports service, though it hasn't said how long the extension will run for.

The announcement was made in response to inquiries as to whether the loss of FSN and other regional sports channels would be followed by a drop in price of the subscription – given that local sports teams are a major reason many subscribe.

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In the event that a deal isn't stuck, YouTube TV says it has no plans to lower the cost of its service, which costs $49.99 a month.

While this seems steep, it comes with the ability to be used by up to 6 accounts, allowing some to split the cost with family and friends, and also comes with unlimited DVR space, which rival services such as Hulu Live and Sling TV don't offer.

It's not the first time that the Fox Regional Sports Network has removed channels from a streaming service after failing to come to terms with the platform. Last year, Fox Sports North disappeared from Sling and DISH packages, and the same happened with Fubo TV.

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