As we all know the greed of the YES Network and Comcast collectively, denied Yankee fans watching the Bombers on regular cable TV. Im happy to let you know that an agreement has been made between the two adversaries. Yankee games will be broadcast during the 2017 season.
Here’s what happened…The Dec. 31 expiration of Comcast’s Fox News Channel pact gave 21st Century Fox the leverage to open the door for carriage of the YES sports cabler as well as extending agreements for 12 other Fox-owned regional cable networks. Sports networks have become a flashpoint of tension between programmers and distributors as they are routinely the priciest channels per subscriber on cable, often with limited appeal among a broad subscriber base.
YES was dropped in November 2015 on Comcast systems serving almost 1 million subscribers in outlying areas of New York City, which included parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. YES had been on Comcast’s New York City-area systems since the channel’s launch in 2002. But a few months after Comcast dropped its bid to acquire Time Warner Cable, which would have made Comcast the dominant cable provider in market, Comcast ended its carriage of YES, saying it wasn’t generating enough viewership to justify the high price tag. FOX News channel is coming off the most-watched year in its 20-year history, fueled by the surge of interest in the presidential election. According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the deal, the new Comcast deal raises Fox News’ per subscriber fee to $1.50 per subscriber per month, with annual increases to come over the pact believed to run about four years. Comcast wanting to keep FOX News had no choice but to include the regional networks in the deal.
While I’m Not a fan of Comcast, I’m glad the deal was done. I was lucky to see the Yanks on Sling TV this past season, but why pay extra for Sling, if it’s already included in my way too expensive Comcast monthly fee. I won’t be surprised to see a “Regional Sports” increase in my bill. Those greedy bastards!
Now, the bad news: Reports say YES will not return to Comcast subscribers immediately, and it’s possible it won’t be back until later in the spring, after the start of the regular season. That would be a bummer, though at least it’s coming back at some point. That’s better than nothing.
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