DirecTV Tells CSN Houston Where to Stick Its Teams

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Cable and DirecTV probably don't care that most of Texas can't see this on television.

DirecTV wants nothing to do with CSN Houston or the teams that broadcast games on that network. AT&T is doing fine without the network. So are the rest of the cable/satellite providers in the five-state CSN Houston market.

This is not news. The fact that most of the state of Texas does not have access to CSN Houston, the majority-owned Astros regional sports network, is evidence that the cable/satellite companies don't give a damn. But what is news is a DirecTV exec going on the record with the company's opinion of the network.

"Bankruptcy has complicated the process for the team and Comcast, but DirecTV remains willing and open to constructive conversation," Dan York, in charge of strategy, acquisitions and development for DirecTV, told the Houston Chronicle's David Barron earlier this week. "I certainly would like to bring the Rockets and Astros back to DirecTV, but it has to be at a price that is fair for all of our customers, whether they are fans of the teams or not."

Barron's story further clarifies the hurdles the network must clear for 100 percent carriage. The price point must change. The network must emerge from bankruptcy and stabilize. There must be a realistic understanding of the network's reach with the need for ownership to realize that the folks in Dallas may not want to pay for an Astros network, and that the folks in San Antonio and Austin might not be too thrilled to be paying for two separate RSNs showing different teams in the same league and same division.

"(CSN Houston) has and remains significantly overpriced compared to what customers were paying for the same games previously and the pricing demands for such large footprints, including demanding payment for customers who will never watch a Rockets or Astros games a thousand miles from the stadium," York said.

Then there's the important thing: The network has to offer up a better product. That product being the Astros -- due to NBA restrictions, the  Rockets are not available to most of the CSN Houston five-state map. And until the Astros product is much better, the network can forget about getting rates that might be equivalent to what other teams are getting.

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michellevera70
michellevera70

my husband is astros and rockets and texans fan and it is sad that we can not watch on tv our direct tv dont carry that channel we live in houston and we cant even watch our home teams on tv so so sad

michellevera70
michellevera70

my husband is a astros and rockets and texans fan and it is sad that we can not watch the games on our direct tv we live in houston and cant even watch on tv

AstrosFanHou
AstrosFanHou

Fox sports is giving rebates to all Houston area providers for not getting the games anymore. Seems REALLY shady for Direc Tv, Dish, AT&T & all the others to not pass that discount down automatically. Everyone, even if you aren't a fan of sports, should call and demand $10 off for not getting the games. Tell them you know Fox Sports is giving them a rebate and it's unethical for you to not be receiving the rebate.

This also brings up the question, why can't we have CSN in Houston if they are getting a rebate? Why aren't they using the rebates to pay for CSN Houston in order to provide us the channels

HtownDown
HtownDown

The customers of Direct TV and the other carriers who dropped Astros and Rockets coverage and continue to charge their customers the same amount of money should demand discounts on their monthly bills.  It's awfully nice of Mr. York to pretend as if he cares about his customers and what they are paying for CSN Houston. Meanwhile they are not voluntarily reducing their rates when they eliminate product. Carry on with the disingenuous diatribe, Mr. York. I hope you enjoy watching your market share dwindle.

thardey
thardey

Somewhere, P.T. Barnum has a gold-framed picture of Jim Crane displayed prominently on his desk.


What an effen dumpster fire this franchise is.

GlenW
GlenW

I have Comcrap, but I do enjoy CSN and sometimes actually watch the lAstros. Too bad they aren't carrying UH Baseball. They'er a winning team going places.

Abe Awad
Abe Awad

Wouldn't this be a major reason why attendance is in the gutter? How do you expect the city to support the team if they can't watch. Stupid,err greedy.

Scott Eastin
Scott Eastin

Time to pull the plug on CSN Houston and start over.

aliberaltexan
aliberaltexan

This Comcast thing has been a boondoggle from Day 1.  Please!

publius
publius

I am a Comcast subscriber.  I would gladly pay more if Comcast would STOP broadcasting Astros games.

Fabian Sifuentes
Fabian Sifuentes

Drayton milked every dime out of that team before he left it in ruins.

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