09-24-2013 2:52 PM
So, do you think Comcast has a major reason behind this fiasco? The Astro's had a 0.0 rating on Sunday.
09-28-2013 6:50 AM
10-14-2013 4:59 PM
Here is something interesting. Maybe Comcast has not been the problem in the lack of carriage agreements for CSN Houston:
Washington, D.C. (October 13, 2013) -- The Houston Press, an alternative weekly in the Houston area, last January reported that DIRECTV was ready in November 2012 to make a deal to carry the regional sports channel, CSN Houston. But the newspaper wrote that the Houston Astros, one of three owners of the channel, vetoed the agreement at the last minute.
The report was denied last January by DIRECTV, the Astros, and the channel's other two owners, Comcast and the Houston Rockets. However, new evidence that surfaced last week suggests that there may have been something to the Houston Press' claims after all.
Jim Crane, the Astros owner, last week acknowledged to Houston area reporters that he rejected carriage agreements proposed by Comcast last year. "It was so bad that it didn't make sense," he said of the Comcast-negotiated deals, according to the Houston Chronicle.
(As part of the three-way partnership, Comcast has responsibility for negotiating CSN Houston carriage agreements with TV providers, such as DIRECTV. CSN Houston airs games played by the Astros and the Rockets.)
This is the first time that Crane has admitted publicly that he rejected Comcast's proposals. While the Astros owner did not specifically mention DIRECTV, there have been no other reports of other TV providers being close to striking a deal to carry the channel. (Comcast is the only TV provider in the area that is now carrying CSN Houston. DIRECTV, Dish and AT&T, the three other providers who have coverage area in Houston, have not signed on.)
The Houston Press wrote last January that the Astros, who own 46 percent of CSN Houston, believed that it could get a better deal from DIRECTV. The satcaster is known as a national sports leader and is usually receptive to adding new sports channels.
CSN Houston's lack of carriage deals has triggered a bankruptcy filing from Comcast and its NBC affiliates, a move that Crane and the Astros are fighting. (The Rockets have not commented on the filing publicly.) The Chronicle says a bankruptcy court will hold a hearing on the filing on October 28.
10-31-2013 6:03 AM
If CSN Houston is going to come to U-verse, odds are good that a deal will have to be made soon.
10-31-2013 7:03 PM
From the article found in the link below:
Comcast SportsNet Houston is offering a 45-day freeview that would give subscribers to cable satellite and telco providers in its TV territory access to two-dozen Houston Rockets games.
The free trial is being offered to DirecTV, Dish, Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse, among others, within the regional sports network’s five-state area of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico through Dec. 15. Over that time period, the Rockets, now featuring Dwight Howard, will play 24 games, with high-definition telecasts showcasing the club against such squads as the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks.
The gambit marks the second extended free review the embattled RSN has offered -- last April and May it made Rockets’ playoff games, as well as Astros contests and Houston Galaxy soccer matches available over a 37-day span -- and comes during the midst of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
After two days of hearings, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Marvin Isgur on Oct. 29 issued a three-page order authorizing the Astros to negotiate with third parties on a new business plan through Dec. 12. As such, it enables the Astros to “investigate and negotiate the terms of carriage agreements, broadcast agreements, management agreements, lease agreements, equipment agreements, purchase and sale agreements and debt and equity investments and other matters pertaining to the formulation of a business plan.”
Launched on Oct. 1, 2012, CSN Houston – owned by the Astros (46%), the Rockets (32%) and Comcast/NBCUniversal (22%) – has only managed to secure carriage deals with Comcast and a handful of smaller providers in the Houston DMA.
With the aforementioned large providers, as well as Verizon FiOS and Suddenlink, all sitting on the distribution sidelines, the RSN has not collected sufficient monthly subscriber revenue to pay the Astros an Rockets their rights fees. On Sept. 27, four Comcast affiliates – one of which loaned $100 million to the network for start-up costs and the building of a studio -- petitioned for Chapter 11 protection.
With unanimity of vote required on key operating decisions – the teams have one apiece, while Comcast/NBCU has a pair – the RSN has been deadlocked in its negotiating attempts to gain more homes,and acquire additional funding.