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Comcast SportsNet Houston

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by TravelFan1, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. SChonson

    SChonson New Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    Fortunately the pre-season games have been on NBATV. Albiet they were blacked out live but the replays of the full games weren't. Plus the next game on Thursday will be on TNT.
  2. Snickering Hound

    Snickering Hound Mentor

    Nov 3, 2011

    Judge allows Astros to seek new TV partner

    A federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday authorized the Astros to negotiate with third parties on a new business plan for Houston Regional Sports Network, the troubled Astros-Rockets-Comcast partnership that owns Comcast SportsNet Houston.

    Judge Marvin Isgur signed what he described as “a pretty extraordinary” three-page order that was accepted in a rare show of unanimity among the fractious network partners.

    It names the Astros as lead negotiator with authority 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.”

    Judge Isgur’s order, signed 24 hours before the Rockets’ regular-season opener on CSN Houston, has no apparent immediate effect on efforts to line up carriage agreements with DirecTV, Suddenlink or AT&T U-verse.

    However, it frees Astros owner Jim Crane, who has been critical of the network’s financial performance, to negotiate with parties such as Fox and DirecTV across a wide range of services and scenarios that could impact the future of the Astros and Rockets on TV.

    “We’re very excited about trying to get something done here for the Astros, the Rockets, the fans and the city,” Crane said. “We think there is demand. … We’re not looking for the best deal in the universe, just a fair deal that is good for the teams.”

    Crane said he will consult “with all the players — Fox, DirecTV, AT&T, Time Warner. I will work to try to get something favorable so that we can move on with or without Comcast in the deal.”

    Any agreements into which the Astros enter on the network’s behalf, such as carriage deals or the sale of a portion of the partnership to a third party, are subject to the court’s approval.

    Judge Isgur’s order places on hold the Astros’ motion to dismiss the involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy case filed Sept. 27 by four Comcast affiliates and Comcast’s motion to name an interim trustee.
    He ordered the Astros to hold weekly conference calls with Comcast and the Rockets and set a Nov. 13 status hearing. The order remains in place until another hearing on Dec. 12.

    The agreement was hammered together during several closed-door court sessions and conferences in federal courthouse meeting rooms involving the two dozen or so attorneys taking part in the two-day hearing.

    “I don’t know that I could do this without the consent (of the feuding parties),” Judge Isgur said. Attorneys for all three partners agreed, and Rockets attorney Alan Gover thanked Isgur for “the court’s activism.”

    One key element of the order absolves from liability any third party “that undertakes negotiations or investigations at the Astros’ request.” The Astros are absolved of liability in similar fashion.

    It also leaves in place the network’s carriage agreement with Comcast, the largest cable carrier in Houston, which will be a critical asset to bidders.

    Isgur’s order was prompted by Crane’s complaints that Comcast/NBC Sports Group has not given the Astros a business plan that allows the network to be profitable.

    Comcast witnesses countered that Crane blocked a proposed carriage agreement with DirecTV this spring that they said would have a “cascading” effect in lining up other carriers. Internal reports, however, said that even with DirecTV on board, CSN Houston would require several years to become profitable.

    The Astros own 46 percent of Houston Regional Sports Network, compared to 32 percent for the Rockets and 22 percent for Comcast, which provided a $100 million loan to launch the network Oct. 1, 2012. Comcast, in documents filed with the court, said it was interested in buying the entire network if it becomes available and is committed to staying in business in Houston.
  3. SChonson

    SChonson New Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    I give up.
  4. Nov 1, 2013 #324 of 471

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
  5. Nov 1, 2013 #325 of 471

    SChonson New Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    LOL won't happen.
  6. Nov 1, 2013 #326 of 471
    Snickering Hound

    Snickering Hound Mentor

    Nov 3, 2011


    DirecTV refuses CSN Houston’s free view offer

    [SIZE=small]A DirecTV spokesman said today the satellite service will not accept Comcast SportsNet Houston’s offer to air the channel free of charge through mid-December.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=small]“We’d be happy to make the channel available to Rockets fans for the long term, not just 45 days, if CSN Houston would agree to offer the channel to those customers who want to pay for it, or make it more reasonable for all of our customers to receive,” a spokesman said.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=small]“Showing the channel then taking it down after the free-trial period would only cause frustration for fans and do nothing to help us reach an agreement with the network’s owners.”[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=small]DirecTV is the first carrier to respond directly to CSN Houston’s offer to allow all carriers access to the Rockets-Astros-Comcast-owned channel through Dec. 15, a period that includes more than 20 Rockets games.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=small]CSN Houston made a similar offer last spring during Astros season, but most satellite, telco and cable providers allowed the free view to expire without even commenting on whether they would accept the offer. [/SIZE]

    [SIZE=small]Suddenlink said it was willing to accept, but only if it could air the channel in the Houston area and not across CSN Houston’s five-state coverage area.[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=small]DirecTV’s statement about making CSN Houston available “to those customers who want to pay for it” means that it would be willing to offer the channel as part of a sports tier but not as part of its expanded basic service across Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico. Practically every regional sports network that shows major league baseball, basketball and hockey games is available in its home market on expanded basic, including DirecTV’s Root Sports channels in Denver, Pittsburgh and Seattle.[/SIZE]
  7. Nov 1, 2013 #327 of 471

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    or directv wants in sports pack for the outer rings also directv had a deal ready to go and the [SIZE=small]Astros said no to it.[/SIZE]
  8. Nov 2, 2013 #328 of 471

    dvdmth Icon

    Jul 24, 2008
    Denver, CO
    Definition of insanity—doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
  9. Nov 2, 2013 #329 of 471

    billybob069 New Member

    Nov 2, 2013
    Someone help me understand the NBA blackout rules here. I see others talking about how the NBATV games this preseason were blacked out....yet they were not for me, and as a matter of fact the 2 games this season that have been on the NBA League Pass so far this year have not been blacked out either. I live in the Richmond/Rosenberg area. Now that I think about it, all the games on NBATV last year were not blacked out either. Is this because I am not directly in Houston, or am I just getting something I am not supposed to?
  10. Nov 2, 2013 #330 of 471

    sdk009 Icon

    Jan 19, 2007
    Kihei, Maui, HI
    "Those customers who want pay for it" is the same line of garbage D* has used to keep the PAC12 Net off of its system. I thought I heard Joe Buck say during the World Series that D* was still the leader in Sports programming. Not!!
  11. Nov 2, 2013 #331 of 471

    jagrim Hall Of Fame

    Aug 25, 2006
    "Those customers who want pay for it" is the same line of garbage D* has used to keep the PAC12 Net off of its system. I thought I heard Joe Buck say during the World Series that D* was still the leader in Sports programming. Not!!

    Solely your opinion. I hope that DTV holds the line on money hungry sports RSN's such as pac12 and Comcrap Sports Houston. I miss not watching the Rockets but somebody has to hold the line on increasing costs. As far as the pac12, if they have a decent match up, it'll show up on ESPN after I'm asleep; other than that, I'm not too interested in west coast games.

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  12. Nov 5, 2013 #332 of 471

    coolman302003 2014 NBA CHAMPIONS!

    Jun 2, 2008
    D* is using the CSN Houston feed for the Rockets @ Trail Blazers game tonight. Channel 762-1 if you are out of market for both teams (since CSN-NW & Houston are not on D* in market) and subscribe to LP.
  13. Nov 6, 2013 #333 of 471

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I believe they have to supply the feed because if the nba rules. But like you said that only works for out if market league pass subs.
  14. jagrim

    jagrim Hall Of Fame

    Aug 25, 2006
    The saga continues. Crane now suing Drayton for over selling the network.

    Crane should have done his due diligence. Maybe I'll get lucky and get on the jury.

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  15. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    However, a statement filed in federal bankruptcy court where the CSN Houston team is currently embroiled in an involuntary bankruptcy proceedings reveals just what the lawsuit is about.

    Seems the Astros are suing Drayton McLane for "causes of action for fraud as to McLane Champions, LLC and R. Drayton McLane Jr.; negligent misrepresentation as to all Defendants; breach of contract anddeclaratory judgment as to McLane Champions, LLC; and civil conspiracy as to all Defendants,relating to and in connection with the purchase of Houston McLane Company, LLC and itsequity interests by Jim Crane and the current ownership group in 2011."

    Ho. Lee. Crap.


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  16. Feb 5, 2014 #336 of 471

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    Today's news, http://www.chron.com/default/article/Bankruptcy-ruling-keeps-CSN-Houston-afloat-amid-5205441.php

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  18. freerein100

    freerein100 Legend

    Dec 13, 2007
    The latest news is apparently Comcast wants nothing to do with the channel anymore.
  19. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    now twc dodgers needs to die as well.
  20. FriscoJohnny

    FriscoJohnny AllStar

    May 6, 2007

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