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  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    CSN Houston Has a New Owner...Maybe

    So it comes to pass that DirecTV and AT&T U-verse were the mystery parties attempting to purchase CSN Houston out of bankruptcy. It was revealed in court papers filed late on Wednesday night that, should the court accept the network's bankruptcy reorganization plan, DirecTV and U-verse will together ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    The Continuing CSN Houston Fiasco Makes Luc Besson Films Seem Sane and Logical

    Luc Besson's movie teeter on the edge of insanity. They're full of stylized violence, shouting, slow motion, and visual effects. They're full of bright colors, big stars, fancy camera moves, and flashy editing. Yet his movies usually make zero sense, appear to have no script, don't follow the rules ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Comcast Rep Loses Mind When Customer Tries to Cancel Service

    We all know the horror stories about Comcast. Some of them involve the dreaded four-hour window. Others make reference to service outage problems. In Houston, our biggest complaints are most closely tied to the existence of Comcast Sports Net Houston and the fact that it is unavailable to the majori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Is The CSN Houston Madness Almost Over? Maybe

    The Beatles once wrote that happiness is a warm gun. They were singing about heroin. But truthfully, it's not to hard to imagine them digging their way through the latest happenings arising from the CSN Houston bankruptcy and literally figured that happiness involved putting a gun to their heads as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Even Wile E. Coyote Must Think CSN Houston Is Poorly Conceived

    We've all seen the Wile E. Coyote cartoons. Those classic Warner Bros. cartoons where the coyote ran through the desert trying to catch the Roadrunner. And we all remember the grand plans Wile E. would hatch, most of them courtesy of ACME and most being incredibly complicated Rube Goldberg contrapti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    Dear Sports Illustrated: Any Prediction as to When CSN Houston Will Get On Our TVs?

    The Houston Astros are on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated. The photo's not a joke; neither is the story. The story goes into the radical rebuild of the club and the magazine makes the bold prediction that the Astros will win the 2017 World Series. And who knows, if the Astros really get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Who's Got The Best Shot at CSN Houston: NBC Sports Group, AT&T, or Fox Sports?

    It's been a little over three months since Judge Marvin Isgur put CSN Houston into bankruptcy. It's been nearly three months since the Houston Astros appealed that ruling to Judge Lynn Hughes. Judge Hughes has received the parties briefs on the bankruptcy ruling, and he's attempted multiple times to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Comcastic: Having the Xfinity X1 Installed and Living to Tell About It

    I have Comcast at my house. I know, I know. It wasn't my first choice, but it was all I could have at my previous abode and I like CSN Houston. Plus, I'm a masochist. For the most part, my Comcast service has been solid since I bought a new house and moved last summer. I don't complain too much, so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Five Reasons Why Sports Talk Radio is Ignoring the Rockets

    I am and have always been an avid listener to sports talk radio. I enjoy the banter with callers, the analysis and I even manage to make it through the randomly juvenile antics that occasionally make their way across from morning shock jock-ery on other stations. Listening during the past few months ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Does No Progress in CSN Houston Mediation Effort Really Mean No Progress?

    The Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, and Comcast gathered before federal district court judge Lynn Hughes on Friday. This wasn't a hearing, and no judicial orders were handed down. It was, instead, the third mediation session for the parties within the past several weeks. The dispute under mediation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Applying the Three True Outcomes to the CSN Houston Fiasco

    The Houston Astros are in week two of the regular season. The Houston Rockets regular season is quickly coming to an end. This makes for two years that the Rockets games have not been available for most Houston viewers, and it's the start of the second year that Astros games mostly haven't been avai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    The CSN Houston Bankruptcy Clown Show Just Keeps Clowning Away

    Jim Crane, Les Alexander, and Robert Pick have been "invited to attend to informally discuss a resolution" to the CSN Houston bankruptcy matter on Friday, March 28. The invitation has been extended by Federal District Court Judge Lynn Hughes, the man overseeing the Astros appeal of CSN Houston's inv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    CSN Houston Owners Actually Agreed on Something

    The good news is that the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, and Comcast finally found something on which to agree. The bad news is that the agreement's on how much the attorneys handling the bankruptcy of Comcast SportsNet Houston should be paid. The parties are still battling things out in court, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Netflix, Comcast End Feud: Why It Matters to You

    If you tried to watch a movie or a TV series recently on Netflix, particularly if you happen to have Comcast as your Internet provider, you might have had a few issues. Sure, they may have the entire final season of Breaking Bad, but it won't do you much good if you are constantly having to buffer. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    With a Little Patience, Maybe the Astros Can Make Out Like Bandits on CSN Houston

    It's easy to say that Jim Crane and the Houston Astros should just agree to any deal that Comcast or the Rockets put in front of them regarding CSN Houston carriage. The only concern of most fans is that the games get on television. Nothing else matters. And the truth of the matter is, making sure t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Judge Marvin Isgur Treated The Astros Like Nolan Ryan Treated Robin Ventura

    While most of the city's attention Tuesday afternoon (and that of the local sports media) was centered on Nolan Ryan's return to the Houston Astros, on the other side of downtown Houston the asses of the Houston Astros bankruptcy attorneys were being handed to them by Judge Marvin Isgur. And while t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Astros Bankruptcy Appeal Won't Get CSN Houston On TV Any Sooner

    Bankruptcy judge Marvin Isgur commands respect. Not because he's a judge, but because of his understanding of bankruptcy law. He's respected by attorneys who appear before him. He's respected by his fellow judges. This is important to know because the Houston Astros have appealed his ruling putting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    CSN Houston, Bankruptcy, and Why The Rockets Aren't Just Innocent Victims

    Odds are that if you've flown an airline in the past decade you've flown on an airline going through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This is the popular bankruptcy, one that lets the airline stay in business and keep flying while attempting to come up with a profitable business plan. You're also probably wel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    CSN Houston Safe For Now, Deserves to Survive

    On Tuesday, the judge in the Comcast Sports Net bankruptcy case granted the flailing sports network the opportunity to reorganize under of Chapter 11, which gives them protection from creditors until they can work out what they are going to do next. This is a clear victory for the folks at Comcast a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    App of the Week: BarJinx Helps You Find Where to Watch Your Team

    It's confusing enough to try and find out who has a Comcast subscription so you can catch and Astros or Rockets game, but imagine if you really loved the NHL? How would you catch a Philadelphia Flyers game in Houston? A new website developed by locals aims to help solve that problem. BarJinx, creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    We Talk With Astros Owner Jim Crane About The CSN Houston Debacle

    There's been much written about the CSN Houston debacle. Some straight and sober articles. Some opinionated pieces. But truthfully, expect for the parties involved, nobody really knows why CSN Houston has yet to achieve carriage on Direct TV, Dish Network, U-Verse, TimeWarner Cable, or most other ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    CSN, Astros Trading Barbs in Bankruptcy Case

    You would think by now Jim Crane would have made his point. But, then again, the government is shutdown due to a small group of hardline Republicans, so I guess keeping the Astros and Rockets off TV due to one hardline MLB owner seems reasonable these days. As CSN hurtles towards a bankruptcy heari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Jim Crane's Letter To Astro Season Ticket Holders

    Correspondence matters. Not enough people tell other people how awesome they are these days in writing, mostly because it takes time and effort, and quite frankly a lot of you are really lazy. Jim Crane is a lot of things, but lazy isn't one of them. And after a 2013 season in which the last win o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    CSN Announces Rockets Broadcast Lineup...Assuming You Can See It

    Comcast SportsNet Houston, broadcast home to the Astros and Rockets, announced their schedule for the upcoming Rockets season on Wednesday. The network will carry 75 of the Rockets games during the regular season (the remaining six will be national broadcasts) as well as all preseason games. With th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    U-verse Just Keeps Saying "No Thanks" to CSN Houston

    There was more news in the CSN Houston debacle last week. And for users of U-verse, that news wasn't good -- for what it's worth, it's probably not very good news for anyone who doesn't have Comcast. David Barron's got the story up over at the Chronicle, but in essence, the story goes like this: Ji ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Reid Ryan Wants a More Fan-Friendly Astros, So Here Are Our Suggestions

    In his introductory press conference on Friday, new Astros team president Reid Ryan made it clear that things are going to change. He wants the team to be more fan-friendly, and he said he's going to work on making it clear that the team is now putting fans first. So here are a few suggestions tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    DirecTV Drops Gauntlet on CSN, Sports Networks and Fans

    DirecTV, considered by many to be the lynchpin in negotiations to get Comcast SportsNet Houston on cable system providers other than Comcast, is apparently digging in its heels when it comes to sports networks in particular. On a website -- DirecTVPromise.com -- it has an entire section dedicated to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Looking Forward To The Astros In 2013

    With 2012 coming to an end, let's kiss this lost year of the Astros goodbye and take a look at what's coming in 2013. The key word is "new," as in new uniforms, new logos, new TV network, new broadcasters, new players, new manager and coaches, and on, and on, and on. 5. Welcome to the American Lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    NBC Completes Move to the Dark Side as Comcast Steals Peacock

    Having all these massive mergers of giant cable and entertainment conglomerates is confusing. It's getting to be that it's almost impossible to know who owns what anymore. In the world of journalism, it can get messy. There have been numerous reported instances of the big corporations behind the med ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Rockets Start the Preseason Tonight, But Not on U-Verse or DirecTV

    When it comes to preseason sports, there is nothing as boring as professional basketball. Ok, maybe spring college football scrimmages come close, but, overall, preseason in the NBA is a torturous grind and this is coming from someone who loves pro ball. For the home town team, preseason will provid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Surely Bill Brown Will Still Broadcast Astros Games Next Season. Right? Right?

    Last week the Houston Astros attempted to give us Weekend at Bernie's involving Joe Niekro. Then they misspelled Jim Deshaies' name in the post about Niekro. And in wake of the erector-set billboards blocking the views in left field, one can only wonder what the Astros are going to botch next. What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Why Big Companies Hide Contact Information on Their Web Sites

    A few years ago, I was getting ready to sell a house. My existing mortgage company had been purchased by another company and my account had been transferred. However, when it was transferred, the permissions that allow customer service representatives to do basic, but important, tasks like provide a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Comcast Customer Service: A Horror Tale, Part 2

    For about a year, things were actually fine with my Comcast service. But then I moved apartments, which means I had to transfer my cable to the new pad, which means I had to call Comcast customer service, which means there's a part two of what may become a multi-part epic. Before all of that, it se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Union Protest at Comcast Friday Over Low-Income Kids Internet Program

    Comcast says: Yes, we do care! ​Back in September, Comcast made a deal with the Federal Communications Commission as part of its takeover of NBC and Universal Studios, that it would provide low-cost Internet services and a cheaply priced computer to low-income families -- but that hasn't happe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Comcast Customer Service Horror, in Your Words

    www.comcastsucks.orgA lot of you feel like the folks over at the Comcast Sucks Web site. ​Yesterday, Hair Balls coughed up a horror story involving a not-very-awesome customer service experience at the hands of Comcast. So did the readers in the comments section of the blog as well as on Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Comcast Customer Service: A Horror Tale

    ​A few weeks ago, Houston Press's esteemed food critic Katharine Shilcutt and I were having lunch when I told her that I had had non-functioning Comcast cable installed at my pad two weeks previous. That's right, non-functioning. "Haven't you seen their commercials?" asked Katharine. "They t ... More >>

  • Film

    August 11, 2011

    Invasion of Piracy

    Illegal downloading costs the film industry billions of dollars per year. But does the legal strategy designed to recoup this lost bounty amount to extortion?

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Comcast Cable Boxes: Are They Notoriously Bad?

    Nothing to see here, move along​The mother of a friend of ours recently had to get her Comcast cable box replaced. It led to an interesting conversation, he said. My mom has been having big problems with Comcast and, apparently, repair guys have admitted that their DVR boxes have a design fla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    This Week In TV: Horrible, Horrible People

    I'm recovered from the snow, I'm trying to convince people that "Dick in a Box" qualifies as Christmas music, and I've got a hole in my heart from eating batteries. This was the week in TV Land: • 30 Rock was cute this week, though the bit about Frank turning into Liz was a little lifeless. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    This Week In TV: Miracle Cures From Alien Civilizations

    The Yankees won, Doug Hoffman lost, and I'm thinking of joining a neighborhood dad garage band. This was the week in TV Land: • 30 Rock continues to be the quickest comedy on the air and the spiritual descendant of Arrested Development. This week's episode was stuffed with more meta-jokes than ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Sam Houston's Not The First Politician To Be In A Cheesy Ad

    If you needed any more evidence that Comcast was an agent of evil on par with Al Qaeda or whomever makes those peanut-butter-filled pretzels, look no further than the cable company's inescapable local commercials featuring Sam Houston. The former Texas President/Governor is shown engaging in a varie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Comcast Didn't Mean To Sic A Collection Agency On Ike Victims

    Comcast’s latest customer-service misstep makes you wonder what Sam Houston would think. The Galveston County Daily News reported that 81 former customers on the island whose homes were seriously damaged by Ike received letters from a collection agency informing them they owe the cable provider m ... More >>

  • News

    October 23, 2008

    Sam Houston, Ad Man

    Comcast's odd TV campaign

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    More Hi-Def Channels, More Getaways

    Is Omar Little your cable guy? A Sunnsyide shoot-out makes us wonder… KHOU is reporting a southeast side gun battle that left one woman dead and two men injured. Homicide detectives allege that the shoot-out started when three men drove up and attempted to regain possession of “thousands of dol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008
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    September 4, 2008

    The Comcast Cops Are Coming For Your Bandwidth

    Spammers and internet mega-junkies beware – Comcast is limiting the amount of data you can send and receive every month to 250 gigabytes, effective October 1. Reports in the Houston Business Journal indicate the move could be one more way Comcast is pushing customers around saying, “Various advo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    Comcast Vs. Your Bandwidth, Continued

    The Comcast vs. the World struggle continues. Today Comcast challenged last month’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission regarding the company’s blocking of certain traffic, such as large video files. The legal appeal, made in Washington, D.C., could lead to a precedent setting deci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008

    Comcast Independence Day For Tunnel Mole

    Even as Armegeddon bears down on us in all its fearsome fury (at least according to the TV newspeople), I, Tunnel Mole, have discovered this day a cause of happiness. It appears entirely possible that I will be able to cast off the rusted, foetid chains of that most evil of monsters. I speak, of co ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2007
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    May 29, 2007

    Comcast Aside

    Looks like all you folks with houston.rr.com email addresses are SOL. From the Chron: [W]hen Comcast announced last year it was taking over the Time Warner cable franchise in Houston, its broadband Internet customers started to get nervous. A change of Internet providers usually means a change o ... More >>

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