The Desk appreciates the support of readers who purchase products or services through links on our website. Learn more...

YouTube TV to offer more channels from Sinclair

The streaming service is bringing back the Tennis Channel and will distribute other Sinclair-owned networks, including TBD and Charge.

The streaming service is bringing back the Tennis Channel and will distribute other Sinclair-owned networks, including TBD and Charge.

The logo of YouTube TV. (Logo: Google/Image: The Desk)

Sinclair and Google-owned YouTube TV have ironed out a new distribution agreement that will see the streaming service return the Tennis Channel to its lineup.

The deal, announced on Wednesday, will also see YouTube TV offer Sinclair’s digital networks Charge and TBD for the first time as well as the free, ad-supported sports network T2.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that brings Tennis Channel, T2 and all three of our Emerging Networks to YouTube TV, a valued partner of ours,” Will Bell, the senior vice president for distribution and network relations at Sinclair, said in a statement. “As the media landscape continues to evolve, our goal remains the same – to bring our unrivaled content to people wherever they want to experience it.”

The carriage agreement also covers Sinclair-owned CBS and MyNetwork affiliates that are offered on YouTube TV, preventing a dispute similar to one that forced those stations off rival streaming service Fubo in January (the channels returned to Fubo this month).

Charge, TBD and T2 will debut on YouTube TV in early June.

In addition to the Sinclair channels, YouTube TV offers live and on-demand access to channels and programming from Comcast’s NBC Universal, the Walt Disney Company, Fox Corporation, AMC Networks, Paramount Global and Warner Bros Discovery, starting at $73 a month.

Photo of author

About the Author:

Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).