YES, Comcast dispute comes to an end

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by Christian Araos

After being locked out for all of 2016, Comcast subscribers will be able to watch the YES Network after Comcast reached a larger agreement with 21st Century Fox.

According to the Wall Street Journal, YES were asking for a subscriber fee close to $6 per-month, per-subscriber, an increase from the $5.36 in the previous deal. The report also said that the network may not immediately return to Comcast until the spring.

The deal is reported to span the next four years allowing viewers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut to be able to view New York City FC matches.

“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,” a statement from Comcast said.

The two sides came to a deal right as Comcast’s agreement with 21st Century Fox to carry the Fox News Channel was set to expire. Fox was the most-watched cable channel in 2016 while Comcast had the most cable subscribers at more than 22 million.