Sinclair and YouTube TV Reach Agreement to Extend Existing Carriage of CBS Affiliates

By Kevin Eck 

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. has reached a distribution agreement with YouTube TV to extend its existing carriage of Sinclair’s CBS and MyNetworkTV affiliated broadcast stations.

Sinclair owns and/or operates 23 CBS affiliates and 32 MyNetworkTV stations across America.

The agreement also adds Tennis Channel, T2, CHARGE! and TBD to YouTube TV’s service offerings.


“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,” said Will Bell, svp, head of distribution and network relations for Sinclair. “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. With Roland-Garros kicking-off May 28th, the timing is perfect for YouTube TV customers.”

Tennis Channel, the only television-based multiplatform destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle and T2, Tennis Channel’s first free ad-supported TV (FAST) channel, are scheduled to debut on June 1st, to coincide with Roland-Garros (the French Open). These additions give YouTube TV subscribers a means to watch Tennis Channel’s exclusive, live coverage of more than 93% of the professional tennis events each year.

Sinclair’s multicast networks CHARGE!, with a lineup of high-profile police procedural dramas, and TBD, featuring a slate of reality-based series, are also scheduled to launch June 1 on YouTube TV. Additionally, the agreement renews carriage of Comet, Sinclair’s network for fans of sci-fi and fantasy, bringing all three of Sinclair’s multicast television networks to YouTube TV’s lineup, offering subscribers access to the top fan-favorite series and franchises.

Financial terms of the agreement were not released.