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Both YouTube TV and Hulu + Live TV have recently dropped Sinclair Broadcast Group content?!?

Kate Collins, Kate Collins / Staff photo

I know that companies like Progressive Insurance claim that "bundling" helps save us all a lot of money, but in the world of subscription TV, IMHO bundling forces us to pay a lot more money. What I'm trying to say is that I simply want the ability to watch content on Fox Sports North (mainly to watch the Twins, but other sports, too). But in order to get that content, I need to subscribe to a package that includes a lot of other channels that I will never watch. This is the case whether I get FSN from a cable company, or a streaming service.

But I have come to realize that it's not solely the media companies that do this, and that the content providers (channel owners) do the same damn thing to the media companies (cable/streaming companies). Ever since Sinclair Broadcast Group acquired the RSN's from Disney just over a year ago, they have been playing hardball with all of the media companies and demanding that they take-and-pay for other content in order to be able to continue providing content on the regional sports channel. Most of the media companies have essentially said "fuck off" to Sinclair. In the last year, Dish Network, fubo TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and Hulu + Live TV (and maybe others I don't know about) have all failed to renegotiate deals with SInclair and have dropped Sinclair's content. From what I have gathered, the only streaming service that carries the Sinclair Broadcast Group RSNs is "AT&T TV Now". And who knows how long that will last?

Now, I certainly don't blame the streaming service providers. And I don't even blame the cable companies (even though they seem to be the biggest benefactors of the streaming services dropping Sinclair content). And I don't really even blame Sinclair. They are in a position of power so why not make the most of it. I blame the US Department of Justice. They were the ones who ruled that Disney could acquire 21st Century Fox only if Disney agreed to divest of the 22 regional sports networks owned by Fox. So Disney's potential monopoly was not OK but Sinclair's is OK??? WTF DOJ?!?

I am too disgusted with this situation. I am ready to go back to attending home games when I can, and listening on the radio when I can't.