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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by TravelFan1, Oct 2, 2012.
D* said the same thing about Time Warner Cable SportsNet but it got added to the "basic package".
I'm not too excited about the Astros, but I'm a big Rockets fan, so that'd be the main reason I want this channel. Despite the season almost being over.
They said "make it more reasonable." Whatever the deal with TWC, directv obviously felt it was reasonable enough.
Plus the Astros are NOT the Lakers.
You're right, the Astros are not the lakers and neither are the Rockets or the Dynamo. I'm sure that a deal will eventually get reached when the product cost becomes realistic. Currently, Crane wants "Yankee's" money for a "Skeeters" team and I support DTV in not signing an outrageous price and terms.
There is no great loss not getting to watch the Astros on TV this year. I think they have already set a new strike out record in the first 3 games.
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Great post and perspective.
I think maybe, but also they will be pushing to not have any increases at all for the FOX RSNs in Los Angeles, since they have now lost two of their main draws.
I think overall current stations are far more stable and safe than the new ones coming online. Just my guess. But I am sure if directv could, they'd have all RSNs either in the sorts pack or al Los Angeles cart per market for the local RSNs. That whole be far to logical though.
It's amazing to me to read the latest stories of this battle between Crane and DirecTV. Usually you have people on both sides
But I mean, I can't find a single blog or really even several posters that seem to side with the Astros. It seem that the carriers putting their foot down is working in this instance
Then again, I still find it a bit laughable that prices would decrease if DirecTV got their wish and many sports were put on subscriber channels
It's also the same if you go to CSN Houston's Facebook page. No one on there is blaming anyone but Comcast/Astros. Usually, as you said, you get people blaming both but not in this case. I don't see this channel being in any where but Comcast anytime soon.
I think it is funny that CSN/Astros are spending all this money on these commercials, blaming the providers that they are not on there Cable/Satellite Systems. If CSN was smart they would pull those commercial, and get deal done. Then CSN can start making money because CSN clames it is about money and right now they are not making any.
And they are breeding a whole seasons worth of Rangers fans.
My plan would be to sign a one year deal at less than they want and try to build the brand and the demand.
The whole thing went out of kilter when teams saw they could profit off TV deals when for many crappy teams like the Stros, the real value is being seen.
CSN-Houston trying to get D* attention at their headquarters.
Hahaha. So photoshopped but definitely funny.
Not photoshopped -- the other day, a friend of mine saw the AT&T version of that banner plane flying by his office in Century City (and tweeted to ask what the deal was).
Parker invites DirecTV, U-verse and Suddenlink officials to summit meeting on CSN Houston carriage
Mayor Annise Parker has asked officials of DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and Suddenlink Communications to meet in Houston with her and with officials with Comcast SportsNet Houston to discuss a solution to the unresolved carriage negotiations between providers and the Rockets- and Astros-owned network.
In Parker’s one page-letter, dated April 5, the mayor said she was requesting the meeting “on behalf of the millions that passionately root for our Houston teams.”
“The proud followers of our Houston teams – many of whom have paid for the venues where the Astros, Dynamo and Rockets compete – have been patient as your negotiations with Comcast SportsNet Houston have unfolded,” Parker wrote. “That said, as the Rockets push toward the NBA playoffs and the Astros and Dynamo seasons get underway, the situation is intolerable.”
Parker last month also described as “intolerable” the impasse between the providers and CSN Houston, the six-month-old regional sports network that airs Rockets, Astros and Dynamo games and is owned by the Major League Baseball and NBA teams and the NBC Sports Group.
She did not send a corresponding letter to CSN Houston but inquired of network officials before writing the letters if they would be willing to meet with her and providers.
“We are more than willing to sit down with sit down with the Mayor and decision makers from each of the providers and work toward a resolution,” CSN Houston president and general manager Matt Hutchings said through a network spokesman.
Parker acknowledged in her letter the complex nature of the negotiations and said, “I am not contacting you today from an established position on any of the issues involved. In my capacity as Mayor, I am simply looking to foster a resolution to the impasse that has nearly stretched through an entire season for our Rockets, and now threatens to do the same for our Astros and Dynamo.”
CSN Houston is available in about 40 percent of households in the Houston designated market area, primarily on Comcast’s Xfinity cable system, but is not available in DirecTV, Dish Network, U-verse or Suddenlink, which services the Kingwood area and several dozen markets across Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas, which comprises CSN Houston’s network footprint.
Suddenlink spokesman Pete Abel said the company’s chairman and CEO, Jerry Kent, replied to the mayor that the cable provider “would be honored to participate in the discussion Mayor Parker is attempting to arrange.” An official with Parker’s office said the city would be in contact on potential meeting dates.
Suddenlink on Monday submitted a new offer to CSN Houston in which it said it would agree to carry the channel “in and around the Houston area, on a dedicated package of sports channels, at the per-customer price established by CSN Houston’s owners.”
CSN Houston, however, rejected that offer as “not consistent with Suddenlink’s treatment of other regional sports networks, including Fox Sports Southwest.” Abel said Suddenlink has yet to receive formal confirmation of that decision from the network, which, he said, “is the customary next step in such negotiations.”
A spokesman for DirecTV said in an e-mail, “We received the letter and would be happy to have a discussion with the Mayor’s office.” A spokesman for AT&T had no immediate comment.
Again, the comments in all CSN Houston posts in their local paper are hilarious.
Nearly 100% against CSN Houston
Thanks SatRacer. There are too many things that show up on the net that are photoshopped. Just make sure that DTV holds their ground. Crane has alienated many fans of the Astros. I have tickets offered often but I refuse to accept them and go to the game because I feel that Crane and CSN are not negotiating in "the fan's interest "; it's all about making money for Jim Crane. I helped pay for that stadium with my tax dollars and I'm not seeing any return on my investment.