Don't disagree, but want to correct one or two points. Fox Sports Southwest is the Dallas Channel that covers the Ranger, the Stars and the Mavs. Fox Sports Houston was a separate stand alone channel that covered the Rockets and the Stros. And it was killed (i..e replaced with Fox Sports New Orleans) when the Rockets and Stros signed with CSN. The status of Fox Sports SW isn't relevant here.
The deal with Fox is for all fox networks - not channel by channel.
Nope, Fox Sports Houston was NOT a standalone channel. Fox Sports Houston aired Fox Sports SW programming except when a Houston team was playing, and then they split the feeds temporarily.
In fact, when I switched from Dish to D*, Dish was only part-timing FSN-H during events, and carrying FSN-SW the rest of the time. (Really sucked because it seemed like the Houston feed changed channel numbers every other day)
(The easiest way to tell that they were the same channel was the advertising for local Dallas businesses that ran during things like college football games on the supposed "Fox Sports Houston" channel. I really hate the Dallas Jewelery Exchange commercial.)
Document for me that D* is paying Fox less for FSN-SW now than they were paying for FSN-SW plus the part-time FSN-H, and I'll withdraw my argument. And no, D* can't stop carrying FSN-SW in Houston because of the college sports packages that FSN has.
BTW, what brought me back here was the SBJ story that sdk linked...excellent read on this topic.