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  1. jagrim

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    Rockets, Astros and Dynamo back on your TVs... for a month
    Updated at 12:48 PM today






    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- You can now watch your favorite local sports teams on television again... for one month.


    Comcast SportsNet Houston (CSN) is offering a 'freeview' of their channel featuring the Rockets, Astros and Dynamo games through May 31. The cable sports network is in ongoing negotiations with cable providers such as DirecTV, AT&T U-verse, DISH, Suddenlink and others as Houston sports fans are unable to watch their favorite teams on those providers.
    The games cannot be seen on 58 percent of TV sets in our area.
    On Thursday, CSN Houston announced that the 37-day free trial will begin immediately and will provide live coverage of the Rockets first-round NBA playoff games vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder, including pregame and postgame coverage; upcoming Houston Dynamo matches vs. the Colorado Rapids, L.A. Galaxy, D.C. United, Sporting Kansas City and New England Revolution, and the Astros first American League series match-ups vs. the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, as well as games against their in-state rivals, the Texas Rangers.

    Fans are urged to contact their provider in order to find out if CSN Houston's coverage of the Rockets, Astros and Dynamo will be placed on your channel lineup during this limited time. If your provider is not listed below, please refer to your bill for customer service contact information.

    • DIRECTV --- 1-888-777-2454
    • AT&T --- 1-800-288-2020
    • DISH --- 1-888-656-2461
    • Suddenlink --- 1-877-794-2724
    • Time Warner Cable --- 1-800-TWCABLE
    I'd like to see them add it for one month
     
  3. tonyd79

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    After ranting that they are worth the higher money, now they are giving it away for a month?

    How about just coming to a reasonable number that fits what you are worth and be on forever.

    I cannot see anyone adding this "free" channel for a month and then taking it away when it is not free anymore. It is one thing to turn on an existing channel for viewers like an HBO freeview but adding a channel is a bit more complicated than that.
     
  4. joshjr

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    This has not panned out to be true so far it appears. All Astros games have been blacked out so far. While I can't stand them, I would like to see some of the teams playing them. At least they are not blacked out on the mix channel I guess.
     
  5. TheRatPatrol

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    If they're going to offer a freeview why not just stream the games from their website? I don't see the providers offering and teasing their customers with the channel for just a month.
     
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    Plus the Rockets Playoffs are on TNT now.
     
  7. tonyd79

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    The first round is also on local stations, correct? (I wouldn't know; I live in Wizards territory but pretty sure the Knicks were on MSG.)
     
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    It looks like some of the Rockets will be on espn as well.
     
  9. JoeTheDragon

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    They must be hurting or want to try some BS like You system wants to take your TEAMS away from you call them tell them to keep CSN Houston on the air.

    Comcast maybe playing dirty hear.
     
  10. Snickering Hound

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    http://blog.chron.com/sportsmedia/2013/04/suddenlink-agrees-to-air-csn-houston-free-view/

    Suddenlink agrees to air CSN Houston ‘free view’

    Suddenlink today agreed to air Comcast SportsNet Houston on its Houston-area systems through May 31 as part of CSN Houston’s “free view” offer to cable, satellite and telco providers in a five-state region.
    It did so, however, with a not-so-subtle jab at the network owned by the Rockets, Astros and NBC Sports Group.

    “We’ve informed CSN Houston that free is the right price for putting their network on our expanded basic level of service, and we will accept that price for our Houston-area customers as long as CSN wants to make it available,” the Suddenlink statement said. “… We look forward to providing CSN to our Houston-area customers.”

    A Suddenlink spokesman said the St. Louis-based company was still waiting to hear from NBC Sports Group officials about details of the free view and could not provide immediate word on which Suddenlink systems would receive CSN Houston.

    Suddenlink, which services portions of Kingwood and Humble and other Houston area neighborhoods as part of its 16-state system, is the largest carrier to agree thus far to the CSN Houston free view offer. The network offered this week to provide its service free of charge through May 31 to more than a hundred providers in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico in an effort to revive carriage negotiations.

    Suddenlink in the past has said it would agree to carry CSN Houston on a sports tier but does not believe there is sufficient customer demand to carry it on expanded basic across the Astros’ five-state broadcast territory.
     
  11. TXD16

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    C'mon, DIRECTV, now that Suddenlink's in, go ahead and jump in, too. At the end of the "freeview," if CSN Houston (that would be Jim "I'm such a naive moron" Crane) hasn't yet seen the light, shut it down and tell him to stick it back in his ear.
     
  12. Snickering Hound

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    http://blog.chron.com/sportsmedia/2013/04/suddenlink-csn-houston-clash-over-free-view-terms/

    Oh the drama...

    Suddenlink, CSN Houston clash over ‘free view’ terms


    Suddenlink said Friday it had agreed to accept Comcast SportsNet Houston’s “free view” offer through the end of May for its Houston-area cable systems.

    But CSN Houston said Suddenlink’s conditions – airing the channel in the Houston area only and not across a five-state region – are, in effect, a rejection of its free view proposal.

    “They’re trying to carve out a piece of our offer and put it in their terms,” a network official said. “That’s not how it works.”

    The upshot, as things stood Friday afternoon, is that the free view offer is not likely to fly for Suddenlink subscribers without compromise by one party or the other.

    The St. Louis-based cable carrier said in a statement Friday afternoon it had agreed to accept CSN Houston’s offer to carry the cable network free of charge through May 31 — but only for six systems in the Houston area, not all of its systems across a five-state area.

    “We’ve informed CSN Houston that free is the right price for putting their network on our expanded basic level of service, and we will accept that price for our Houston-area customers as long as CSN wants to make it available,” Suddenlink said in a statement. “… We look forward to providing CSN to our Houston-area customers.”

    CSN Houston on Wednesday offered its service free of charge through May 31 to about a hundred cable, satellite and telco providers in a five-state region.

    The terms of the offer, however, require Suddenlink or any other regional carrier to carry CSN Houston across all its systems in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico — not on selected systems, as Suddenlink wants to do.

    Suddenlink in the past has said it would agree to carry CSN Houston on a sports tier but does not believe there is sufficient customer demand to carry it on expanded basic across the Astros’ five-state broadcast territory.

    Adding to the confusion over the matter is that Suddenlink’s statement touches on elements that do not apply to broadcast rules for major league sports. The carrier said it would require CSN Houston to obtain “blackout waivers” for Rockets playoff games past the first round of the NBA playoffs. In fact, games in the second round and beyond air only on national carriers and will not air on CSN Houston, so no “blackout waivers” would be necessary.

    Similarly, AT&T U-verse complained in a statement Thursday that CSN Houston’s free view offer does not allow it to stream NBA and Major League Baseball games involving the Rockets and Astros on its website. In fact, streaming of games is not allowed under MLB and NBA rules are is limited to subscription packages not under the network’s control.

    “AT&T’s suggestion that CSN Houston should stream our coverage of Astros games and Suddenlink’s concerns about our ability to black out second- and third-round NBA Playoff games on ESPN and TNT clearly demonstrates an unfortunate lack of knowledge surrounding sports rights, and once again their customers are stuck waiting as these important games unfold,” said Matt Hutchings, CSN Houston’s president and general manager.

    “These providers are exhibiting a total lack of respect for the fans throughout our region as they continue to treat CSN Houston differently than virtually every (regional sports network) that they carry nationwide.”

    Three smaller carriers — Mid-Coast Cablevision, Texas Mid-Gulf Cablevision and Bay City Cablevision – have accepted the free view offer. DirecTV and Dish Network have not commented, and AT&T’s statement did not address the free view offer and reiterated its desire to carry the channel on an a la carte basis.
     
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    I'm actually looking forward to some day tossing Jim Crane a few bucks as he sits somewhere on the streets of downtown Houston with a sign that reads something to the affect of, "Will work for a brain." It's simply unbelievable to me that MLB approved the sale of the Astros to this naive idiot.
     
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    My guess is that D* will not take advantage of the free trial period, unless they are certain they can get a deal done before the trial period is over. Otherwise, it can do them more harm than good to add the channel temporarily—giving their customers something only to take it away a month later will make them more upset and likely to switch providers IMO. I think CSN Houston is banking on this, thinking that if they get their foot in the door, it will be that much harder for the providers to say no to their terms. Airing the free trial, therefore, would give CSN more leverage in the negotiations.

    That's my personal take. Could be wrong, of course.
     
  15. tonyd79

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    Agree 100%

    Think it also shows how desperate they are.
     
  16. jagrim

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    Another full page ad in the Houston Chronicle from CSN touting their "free trail" offer. Of course, they list all the providers phone numbers but nowhere do they list their phone number.

    I applaud DTV for not taking this Blackmail offer. CSN needs to get off their high horse and negotiate fair-minded. The Rockets are toast and if I want to watch a minor league team, the Sugarland Skeeters stream for free.

    What's even more crazy is that I know more Texas Rangers players names than Astros players names.
     
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    So you want to help Him Crane's cause by adding the channel for 30+ days and then take it away when a deal does not get done? Don't you think DirecTV has a better chance of getting a deal if they hold out now instead of after the major push (NBA Playoffs & MLB Season starting) for this is in play?
     
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    It does kind of show how valuable MLB believes the Astros are. That or maybe they are very confident the deal will get done. I am not so sure since CSN has proven to be difficult to deal with.
     
  19. TheRatPatrol

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    Why don't these teams just start offering their games over the internet?
     
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    Because they need/want money.
     

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