DirecTV Tells CSN Houston Where to Stick Its Teams


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DirecTV to CSN Houston: Better luck next time.
DirecTV has also refused to pick up the new Los Angeles Dodgers RSN, leaving most of that market without access to the Dodgers, so this isn't just some plot against Houstonians. It can be argued that the CSN Houston parties vastly overrated the worth of the network and its properties -- hence Jim Crane's fraud suit against Comcast and Drayton McLane -- and that, maybe, if the network had started up a year or two earlier, it'd have full clearance. But it now increasingly looks as if this network will only ever get carriage with heavily slashed prices that will come about only as part of the bankruptcy, which the Astros are still fighting.

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.



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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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