Report: Comcast Corp. reaches agreement with YES Network
Comcast customers will get to watch the Yankees and Brooklyn Nets again — eventually.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the cable provider reached an agreement with 21st Century Fox, after Fox's YES Network was dropped in November 2015 due to contact disputes. The agreement also allows for the continued broadcasting of the Fox News Channel, which was set to end Jan. 1 under the previous contract.
There are about 600,000 Comcast Xfinity subscribers in New Jersey. The YES blackout has drawn widespread attention — the New Jersey Assembly even passed a unanimous resolution calling on the cable provider and network to settle the dispute.
While an agreement was reached on the YES Network, the channel will likely not return until after baseball season starts, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the agreement.
“We always said that we would continue to evaluate whether there was a way to bring back the YES Network under terms that are consistent with our commitment to providing the best programming at the best possible price,” Comcast said in a statement to Variety. “Our year-end discussions with Fox gave us a chance to revisit this, and we were able to reach an overall agreement for Fox News Channel, 12 Fox RSNs, and YES Network that makes sense for both of us – and most importantly, our customers.”