Fox’s regional and national sports channels have cut a deal with Comcast to allow the provider to livestream in-market MLB, NBA and NHL games.
As reported by TVPredictions, Comcast plans to add the option to stream Fox Sports games in mid-February. The livestreams will only be available in market.
The games will be available to Comcast customers to stream on the Fox Sports website and on the Fox Sports app. Only customers who subscribe to those channels will be able to access the livestreams.
As the report points out, this agreement comes after other large pay-TV providers like Charter, DirecTV and Dish Network have already carved out similar deals with Fox.
Comcast’s new agreement comes after NBC Sports, a division of Comcast, scored a deal for its regional sports networks to livestream in-market MLB games beginning with the 2017 season.
The livestreams will be accessible through the web or with the NBC Sports app. MLB teams covered by the new feature include the Chicago Cubs (CSN Chicago), Chicago White Sox (CSN Chicago), Philadelphia Phillies (CSN Philadelphia), Oakland Athletics (CSN California) and San Francisco Giants (CSN Bay Area).
“This is a home run for our local sports fans,” said David Preschlack, president of NBC Sports Regional Networks, in a statement. “We are constantly looking for ways to better serve our fans and provide comprehensive coverage of their favorite teams. With the addition of MLB in-market streaming rights, they don’t have to miss a pitch.”
NBC Sports’ agreement with the MLB came almost a year after Fox’s regional sports networks landed a similar deal.