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Hulu’s live TV service loses Sinclair-owned regional Fox Sports networks

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Hulu is dropping Sinclair-owned regional sports networks, including a slew of Fox Sports-branded channels, from the Hulu + Live TV plan. It told customers in an email (via Variety) that the plan will no longer include those channels as of Friday.

“We were unable to reach an agreement Sinclair Broadcast Group to continue offering channels like your Fox Sports RSNs, YES Network and Marquee Network,” Hulu wrote. The YES Network is home to the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets, while Marquee (which Sinclair earlier this year) airs Chicago Cubs games.

The Fox RSNs also disappeared from YouTube TV earlier this month. The service said that, after months of negotiations, it was unable to strike a deal with Sinclair to continue carrying them. Fubo TV dropped the RSNs in January as well, and they left Dish Network’s satellite and Sling TV offerings last year.

Sinclair picked up the 21 Fox RSNs in question from Disney, which had to sell them in order to close its Fox merger. Sinclair took a stake in YES Network as part of another deal with Disney. The latter, it’s worth noting, has full control of Hulu following an agreement with Comcast

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