Comcast SportsNet Gives in (a Little): Free Trial This Month -- All the Astros Action You Want!! (Maybe)

Categories: Sports, Television

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A move to end the dispute, or a PR gimmick?
The endless, tedious fight between Comcast SportsNet and local cable providers has left Houston sports fans out of luck if they're trying to follow the local teams.

That may have changed, however.

Comcast SportsNet has announced they're giving a free trial to most Houston cable viewers, which will allow them to see the Rockets, Astros (if they dare) and Dynamo.

The cable providers would have to agree to carry the free trial, so nothing is set yet.

"The 37-day free trial, which has been presented to DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, DISH, Suddenlink and more throughout the network's five-state region, is set to begin immediately and extend through...May 31," CSNsaid.

CSN's head honcho says it's all about the fans, which is the only thing CSN has been thinking of throughout the drawn-out negotians:

"We understand that fans have been frustrated as we work through our negotiations with providers and have already collected more than 100,000 petitions for our network," CSN Houston President and General Manager Matt Hutchings said. "While those negotiations must continue, our leadership team feels that this next stretch of games for the Rockets, Astros and Dynamo should be made available to the fans. This free trial comes with a sizable loss that our network will take on, but we feel that it is the right thing to do. We are hopeful that our affiliate partners at DirecTV, AT&T, Dish, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable and others across our region will take us up on this unprecedented offer and make it available to their customers."

The trial, if the cable companies agree to it, would last 37 days to May 31.

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