[Updated] Some YouTube TV subscribers still hopeful MLB Network will be back, but here are some alternatives
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on February 15, 2023) follows:
YouTube TV subscribers were disappointed to hear earlier this month that MLB Network would no longer be available on the platform.
The official announcement sparked many conversations and discussions among subscribers, with some still hoping that a deal will be struck between YouTube and the network at some point.
YouTube TV subscribers hoping to get MLB Network back
Reports (1,2,3,4,5) on various Reddit threads show that some subscribers are still optimistic about the return of MLB Network to YouTube TV.
Do you think mlb network will come back to yttv before the season?
Yttv had me exited with the whole Sunday ticket thing but now that they dropped mlb network I’m not sure. Do you think it will make its return in time for the season?
Has anyone heard or read any updates on this!? I am very aware that I can go elsewhere for it but it’s nice to have it all on one platform and everything I have read indicates that there has been zero movement. Why!? Just agree on large sums of money and give me MLB Network back!!!
Some users believe that YouTube will eventually come to a new agreement with the network, while others believe that the two parties will work together to find a solution that benefits both parties.
One user commented that YouTube TV’s future is still bright and that it would still be able to survive.
Despite the hope among subscribers, it’s important to note that YouTube has not announced any plans to bring MLB Network back to the platform.
YouTube support stated in a Tweet that they were disappointed that they are unable to reach an agreement to continue carrying MLB Network on YouTube TV.
we understand how frustrating this news must be & this isn’t the outcome that we wanted. we’ll continue conversations w/ the MLB Network in the hope of restoring their content on YouTube TV in the future
For subscribers who are looking for alternative options to watch MLB Network, there are a few options available.
One Reddit user suggested subscribing to the local cable which is available on monthly basis.
They also suggested a list besides using SiriusXM’s streaming and satellite radio services as a cheaper alternative to other streaming services.
Though they might not provide the same level of integration and ease of use that YouTube TV provided for some subscribers. But, they don’t have another viable option for watching MLB Network.
Ultimately, the decision to switch to a different service or wait for YouTube and MLB Network to find a resolution solely depends on individual preferences and priorities.
We hope YouTube and Google find a resolution to this problem as soon as possible. Until then, keep tabs on this story as we will update it with further developments.
Update 1 (February 17, 2023)
02:28 pm (IST): Responding to a user complaining about terminating their agreement if MLB Network is not back by March 1, the YouTube team said the following.
we understand how frustrating the news must be & this is not the outcome that we wanted. we’ll continue conversations with the MLB Network in the hope of restoring their content on YouTube TV in the future
However, if the testimony of a Redditor is to be believed, it seems that YouTube TV will officially not be offering the MLB Network anymore.
Update 2 (March 28, 2023)
05:51 pm (IST): YouTube support say that they are still working with MLB Network to bring it back. However, nothing is confirmed as of yet.
we understand how frustrating the news was & it wasn’t the outcome we wanted. we’ll continue conversations w/ the MLB Network in the hope of restoring their content on YouTube TV in the future (Source)
Update 3 (April 3, 2023)
02:03 pm (IST): The new MLB season is set to begin tomorrow and fans have been looking where to watch since YouTube TV has failed to agree the deal with the franchise.
While there have been calls for YouTube TV to make a deal with MLB and restore the network on the platform, nothing has been confirmed so far.
Some users are now demanding YouTube TV to reduce price now that the MLB network is gone, while others are threatening to cancel their subscription if YouTube doesn’t bring back MLB network.
However, there is an unofficial poll where some users say that they don’t watch MLB network. But again, not everyone agrees on the same.
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