DirecTV Tells CSN Houston Where to Stick Its Teams
|DirecTV to CSN Houston: Better luck next time.|
AT&T also weighed in, and said the value is not there for it to be added to U-verse. And SuddenLink cable said it had not been contacted by CSN Houston since the start of bankruptcy proceedings. It further clarified that it was open to adding the network "to our customers that want it," which kind of sounds like it would go on a sports tier and not as part of a basic customer bundle.
Further complicating matters is the proposed $50 billion purchase of DirecTV by AT&T. It's hard to imagine either of these companies adding the network to its lineup while waiting for this deal to be approved by the companies and then waiting for government approval. Especially if either company were to pay the original asking price (or close to it) for CSN Houston carriage. And since neither provider has suffered significant customer loss due to a lack of Rockets/Astros programming, there is just no urgency to add the network.
"What we've seen in Houston is unfortunately what happens when content is overpriced to the market," York said. "Someone loses, and in this case it includes the teams."
The teams are losing. Not only are the Rockets and Astros losing money on the network they own, but neither party is receiving the fees it should be getting from the network for their media rights. And both further lose because of lack of interest in teams that people can't watch.
Meanwhile, the CSN Houston carriage debacle continues. The parties await Judge Hughes's ruling on the Astros' appeal of the bankruptcy decision. Judge Isgur continues rulings keeping the network alive, and the parties are still arguing over just which court should be hearing Crane's fraud lawsuit. Most of the city/state/country still can't watch the games, though, truthfully, nobody really seems to give a damn or else DirecTV would be finding some way to make the numbers work.
So who knows when it'll all end. Maybe tomorrow (hah). Maybe next week or next month or next year. Maybe never.