NEW YORK, N.Y. – FuboTV drops Fox RSNs (Regional Sports Networks) as of January 1, 2020, as well as other channels, including National Geographic, FX, FXM, and FXX.
With the official dropping of Sports RSNs and others from their channel lineup, FuboTV cited the continued increase of licensing costs under the new owners of the properties as the major reason.
In May 2019, the RSNs were bought by the Sinclair Broadcast Group from Fox. Meanwhile, the FX Network and National Geographic were purchased by Disney in line with its 21st Century Fox acquisition from March last year.
From a previous statement from FuboTV regarding its decision to leave Fox RSNs as a thing of the past in their channel lineup, the virtual MVPD said that the standalone rates of the networks have become inconsistent with their mission to provide valuable content to consumers while keeping costs to a minimum.
The streaming service has also stated that despite the recent changes in FuboTV, they will remain a sports-focused cable television service that also offers home team coverage. FuboTV added that their base package already offers over 40 sports channels with more than 700 local broadcast stations. Further, the streaming service stated that they still remain as the only vMVPD that offers live sports streaming in 4K.
Even without the RSNs, FuboTV still offers streaming of other Fox-owned networks, including FS1 and FS2, as well as other partner networks of Fox.
Meanwhile, the Fox RSN Group issued a statement to CCN about its disappointment with FuboTV’s decision to drop its RSNs, which has also broadened to include dropping non-Sinclair owned networks.
According to the statement, FuboTV has considered itself a sports-focused streaming service, yet it decided to not carry their RSNs as well as ABC, ESPN, National Geographic, FX, and other Fox-connected TV stations in around 40 markets.
But, according to a Reddit post from a FuboTV staff member, they would love to include ESPN in their bundle, citing that they had a lot of discussions with Disney throughout the years.