Similar to what YouTube TV did earlier this month, Hulu is dropping more than a dozen Fox Sports Regional Networks (RSNs) along with YES Network and Marquee Network.
Hulu announced the move Thursday, saying it was unable to reach an agreement with parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group in a message to customers with a Hulu + Live TV plan.
Sinclair acquired the grouping of networks — which telecasts for 14 MLB teams, 17 NBA teams and 13 NHL clubs — from Disney last year in a $9.6 billion deal.
Streaming services and Sinclair are currently at a standoff regarding the RSN package. Sling TV and Dish Network dropped the channels in July 2019; fuboTV did the same in January and YouTube TV removed the package on Oct. 1.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused an alteration in the traditional sports calendar, meaning the NBA, NHL and MLB will all soon be in the offseason. The affected channels are:
ESPN is removing some of its digital, written-word content behind the ESPN+ paywall, according to multiple reports.
The New York Post reported the move is aligned with Disney’s strategy of prioritizing direct-to-consumer products through their subscription bases. Writers whose bylines could move more frequently behind a paywall, per Sportico, include Jackie MacMullan, Zach Lowe and Bill Barnwell.