(RTTNews) - Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (SBGI) said Friday that Hulu, the streaming service owned by Walt Disney Co. (DIS), has decided to drop Sinclair's 21 regional sports network brands or RSN, YES Network and Marquee.
Sinclair alleged that while it tried to come to an amicable and fair agreement, Hulu was not willing to provide the RSNs reasonable compensation for their valuable local sports content.
Starting today, the FOX Regional Sports Networks are no longer available on Hulu. However, Sinclair noted that it's RSNs can be viewed on most major cable platforms as well as DirectTV and AT&T Now.
At the end of September, Hulu accounted for about four million Sinclair RSN subscribers.
"While we offered Hulu a deal consistent with terms agreed to by other distributors, the streaming service refused to accept these fair and market-based terms. It is unfortunate that Hulu has chosen to take away some of the most popular sports programming on TV from millions of subscribers," said Barry Faber, Sinclair's president of distribution and network relations.
Sinclair noted that Hulu was forced to sell the RSNs by the Department of Justice due to competitive reasons with ESPN. Hulu still carries ESPN and also agreed to carry another of its owner's content, Comcast RSNs, but is refusing to carry Sinclair RSNs.
RSNs that will no longer be offered on Hulu include FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Ohio, Sports Time Ohio, FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports Wisconsin, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Tennessee, FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports Southeast, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Sun, FOX Sports New Orleans, FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports Southwest and FOX Sports San Diego, Fox Sports West and Fox Sports Prime Ticket, YES Network, and Marquee.
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