According to a notice posted on the stations’ websites, YouTube TV has decided that it will no longer carry some local TV stations owned by Gray Television next week.
The notice warns that YouTube TV subscribers will lose access to Arizona’s Family 3TV after November 18, 2023, unless a new carriage agreement is reached between the two parties.
AZ Family TV station said in a statement:
“We are disappointed that YouTube TV has come to this decision, as we have done everything in our power to reach a market-based agreement.”
This means that YouTube TV subscribers will lose access to live sports, market-leading local news, and their favorite programs like Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
However, YouTube TV has not issued any official statement on the matter, but it has faced similar disputes with other broadcasters in the past.
In September 2020, YouTube TV dropped Fox Sports regional networks after failing to reach a deal with their owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group. Again in December 2020, YouTube TV temporarily lost access to NBCUniversal-owned channels, such as NBC, Bravo, and E!, due to a contract dispute, but they were restored after a few hours.
If you are interested in any of these channels, AZ Family TV’s suggestion is:
“The good news is that you have options. Arizona’s Family is available on providers like Cox, Fubo, DIRECTV, and DISH, as well as free over-the-air with an antenna. Let YouTube TV know that you want to keep your access to Arizona’s Family, open the YouTube TV app or visit YouTube TV on a web browser, select your profile picture, and then click Send Feedback.”
That said, carriage disputes between TV providers and broadcasters are not uncommon, as they often disagree on the fees and terms of carrying the channels.