LA Angels: YouTube TV drops Angels coverage

Los Angeles Angels, (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels, (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

LA Angels fans looking to stream games on YouTube TV might be left in the dark as the streaming service fails to reach agreement to carry Fox Sports West.

Sinclair Broadcast Group released a statement on Thursday announcing they have renewed licenses with Google’s YouTube TV to stream 19 regional sports networks, an agreement that excludes Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West, the home of LA Angels telecasts.

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In a statement released to the press, Sinclair (which owns Fox Sports West) notes, “While the deal guarantees the OTT service [YouTube TV] will carry the vast majority of Sinclair’s RSNs, Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West will no longer be carried on YouTube TV effective March 5, 2020.”

While today’s announcement brings disappointing news to some Angels fans, there is still plenty of time for the two sides to negotiate before the first meaningful pitch of 2020. Both Sinclair and YouTube TV will continue to face pressure from sports fans as the NBA and NHL seasons march towards the playoffs, and opening day baseball quickly approaches. The two California-based sports networks left on the negotiating table represent fans of the Angels, Ducks, Clippers, and Kings.

So what do you do if you want to watch the Angels without a cable package? You can wait it out and hope the two sides find common ground, you can send a complaint to YouTube TV customer service, or you can seek an alternative streaming service.

Cord-cutting Halo fans still have a few streaming options to catch games this season. Both Hulu and ATT NOW offer packages that include Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West. The most cost efficient option being Hulu at $55; it will cost you $80 to watch the Angels on ATT NOW.

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Of course, channel packages are fluid on the different streaming services, so make sure to check out the latest offerings for Fox Sports West here.