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    November 14, 2014

    CSN Houston Is Gone And The Rockets Are Back On TV

    The time has finally come. On Monday night, after two years, Houston Rockets games will once again be legally available to a majority of the Houston-area viewing public. Roots Sports Houston, an undoubtedly inferior product to CSN Houston, takes over as the rights holder for Rockets and Astros games ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    Like Monty Python's Black Knight, CSN Houston's Not Dead Yet

    Walking out from a concert at the House of Blues on Monday night, I couldn't help but notice that the lights were still burning brightly inside the offices and studios of CSN Houston. Earlier that day, a bankruptcy judge had heard evidence regarding the financial worth of the troubled network so he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Best Tweets from Texans Fans During Game-Time TV Outages

    Disgruntled football fans took to Twitter Sunday and Monday to lambaste satcasters DIRECTV and Dish Network for storm-related interruptions to the Texans game. Most satellite setups struggle to maintain a perfect signal in bad weather conditions, prompting customers to upgrade receivers and dishes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    CSN Houston Still Dying, But Drayton McLane Got Paid

    So it came to pass yesterday that the multitude assembled before the judge. The multitude being a mass of 23 attorneys representing Comcast and CSN Houston and the Astros and the Rockets and DirecTV and AT&T (many more listening by telephone) appearing before Judge Marvin Isgur, each hoping for yet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Will Astros Games Soon Be Viewable On Your IPad? Maybe

    The Associated Press reported last week that Major League Baseball may be close to ending parts of its idiotic blackout policy that prevents people living in a team's home market from seeing that team's games. Calling it an incremental step, the head of MLB's online business, Bob Bowman, stated that ... More >>

  • 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 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

    May 20, 2014

    Five Things the Average Person Can Take Away from the AT&T, DirecTV Merger

    It's hard to know exactly what any merger of two giant conglomerates means for the world. If you are like me, you view the joining of AT&T and DirecTV with about the same level of passing interest you might have for the sports scores from a team in the division of your favorite. That's to say it is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    DirecTV Tells CSN Houston Where to Stick Its Teams

    DirecTV wants nothing to do with the CSN Houston or the teams that broadcast games on that network. AT&T is doing fine without the network. So are the rest of the cable/satellite providers in the five-state CSN Houston market. This is not news. The fact that most of the state of Texas does not have ... 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

    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 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 7, 2014

    Rockets Seek More Time, Fans Shrug Their Collective Shoulders

    Since the Rockets took over negotiations on behalf of the CSN Houston group of partners, it has been quiet. On Monday night, the Rockets formally requested until January 31 to continue what it considers significant progress in its negotiations to extricate the network from financial troubles and, ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Latest CSN Developments Could Lead to New TV Deals

    For the first time since the inception of the CSN Houston network, only Comcast subscribers have been able to see the channel and, as a result, both the Rockets and Astros. But, on Thursday the Astros, who had been named lead negotiators for the network back in November after CSN filed for bankruptc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Rockets Take Over CSN Houston Negotiation, Bid to Buy the Network

    The Rockets, Astros and CSN Houston met in federal court this morning for yet another progress report on the Astros attempts to negotiate carriage deals with cable providers. CSN Houston is currently only available on Comcast and a handful of small cable system providers. They have as yet been unabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    CSN Houston and Jim Crane's Long, Strange Trip to Nowhere

    No sports fan in Houston really cares why the Rockets and Astros still aren't on TV. They don't care about the money behind the deals, the accusations of fraud, the back-room negotiations, per-subscriber rates, the posturing and the lawsuits. The only thing that they want is for their teams to be on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Jim Crane Accuses Drayton McLane and Comcast of Fraud In A New Lawsuit

    Jim Crane said he did his due diligence when he purchased the Houston Astros. That he looked at all of the books. That he and his people went through everything there was to know about the Astros and their deal with CSN Houston before completing the purchase of the team. He even told bankruptcy cour ... 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

    September 30, 2013

    Not a Conspiracy Theory After All: CSN Files Bankruptcy Petition Citing "Total Gridlock"

    On Friday, CSN filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy asking a court to allow them to restructure. According to the heavily redacted court papers, CSN is citing "total gridlock" as the reason behind the move and is asking a judge to place a trustee in charge of the channel that could make decisions on beha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    What if the Astros Played and Nobody Watched? Well...

    A funny thing happened in Houston over the weekend. The Astros were up against the Texans in the ratings. As one might suspect, the Texans were victorious in the ratings war -- if not on the field. But, no one thought, at least in the ratings, the Astros would be shut out. Turns out, they were. Acc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Astros Post Worst TV Ratings of Any MLB Team Since 2008

    The third straight awful season for the Astros coupled with the lack of a deal with cable providers to carry CSN Houston has made for abysmal television ratings for the team. How bad? Well, you would have to go back to the 2008 Washington Nationals to find a worse local TV ratings number than the .4 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Will Dwight Howard as a Rocket Change the CSN Houston Negotiations?

    One question that has been lingering in the background of the euphoria over Dwight Howard joining the Rockets is how many Houstonians will actually get to watch him on television come this fall? In virtually any other city, it would be a ridiculous question -- including the city he just left -- but ... 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 14, 2013

    Astros Upheaval: Postolos Resigns, Astros Wives Organization Disbanded

    When your product on the field is really crappy, changes in a baseball organization are to be expected. But when they happen off the field, it makes you wonder just what the hell is going on. In the case of the Astros, the maneuvers at Minute Maid on Monday ran the gamut from some potential good new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2013

    Comcast SportsNet Gives In (A Little): Free Trial This Month -- All The Astros Action You Want!! (Maybe)

    The endless, tedious fight between Comcast SportsNet and local cable providers has left Houston sports fans out of luck if they're trying to follow the local teams. That may have changed, however. Comcast SportsNet has announced they're giving a free trial to most Houston cable viewers, which will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    I'm Rubber, You're Glue: CSN Houston Fires Back at DirecTV

    If you caught my story yesterday on DirecTV's shot at negotiations with CSN Houston (if not, click the link), the television home to the Rockets, Astros and Dynamo, you know it is becoming more and more clear that the fight to get the local teams into more than the current 40 percent of Houston home ... 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 -- -- it has an entire section dedicated to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Not Buzzworthy? Rockets Winning Games, but Not Hearts and Minds

    Tuesday morning, a friend of mine asked a question on Facebook: "Which championship do you most want to see next in Houston, football, basketball or baseball?" Not surprisingly, for most the answer was simple: football. The Houston Rockets are a young, dynamic, offensive-minded team. They have one ... More >>

  • News

    January 24, 2013

    Rockets Blocked Out

    Sources say Astros Stopped a deal to bring CSN Houston, Rockets Games to DirecTV.

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Sources: Astros Blocked a Potential Deal That Would Have Brought CSN Houston, Rockets Games to DirecTV

    According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the Houston Astros, who are part owners of Comcast SportsNet Houston along with the Houston Rockets and NBC, nixed an 11th-hour deal with DirecTV that could have put CSN Houston on the provider and delivered Rockets games to its subscribers at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Must See TV: Where in the Hell Can I Watch the Rockets if I Don't Have Comcast

    As Rockets fans are well aware, the only major TV/cable provider in the Houston area that carries CSN Houston, the broadcast home for the Rockets, is Comcast. If you don't have it, you most likely can't see Rockets games including if you have the NBA League Pass, which blacks out games in the area d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Rockets 120, Bulls 97: Offensive Juggernaut Routs Another Defensive Powerhouse

    Don't look now, but the team no one can see on Houston TV is looking pretty damn good right about now. Winning their fourth game in a row, which included routs over the Knicks and the Grizzlies, the Rockets beat one of the best defensive teams in the league, the Chicago Bulls, by 23, at one point le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Is It Time to Ditch Cable for Streaming Digital Video? Six Questions to Help You Decide

    Lately, a number of my friends have asked the question: should I get rid of cable? Ten years ago, the answer would be yes only if you didn't watch any cable network television shows, at which point you could simply go back to an antennae. With the advent of digital television, that has become a more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Ten Gifts for the Houston Sports Fan They are Bound to Love

    When you have a sports fan in your life, I mean a serious, hard core fan, it can be tough to buy for them. Some of them seem to spend entire paychecks on sports gear and stuff related to their teams. Most have tickets games and probably have a lot of memorabilia that will sell great on Ebay someday. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Five Ways You Can Help Your Buddies Without Comcast Follow the Rockets Games

    The saga continues with Comcast Sportsnet. Game two of the very young NBA season is upon us and still no deals with U-Verse, DirecTV or Dish Network to carry the sports channel that is the exclusive home to the Rockets and Astros. It's difficult to say just how long it will take to get deals done. A ... 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

    November 1, 2010

    CBS, Dish Network Settle: Two And A Half Men Fans Can Again Sleep At Night

    CSI: Whatever will remain on Houston's Dish Network TVs​Fast on the heels of settling a dispute with Fox, Dish Network has now worked out a a deal that will keep CBS shows on the air in Houston.KHOU president Susan McEldoon said in an open letter that a tentative agreement has been reached over Di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Fox vs. Dish Network: Rockets Fans Need Alternative Plans

    Dish Network: No Yao, but not for the usual reasons​The Rockets' season opens tonight, and if history is any guide, you'll want to catch the early-season games -- you know, the ones before Yao Ming goes down with an injury.That's easy enough tonight -- they're on TBS TNT -- but after that, things ... More >>

  • News

    March 4, 2010

    Porn Again: Readers discuss our take on porn addiction

    Readers discuss our take on porn addiction.

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    DirecTV Caves to Social Media Pressure and Eventually Helps Stroke Victim

    ​The Leeder family recently found out how DirecTV does business: The company will not, under any circumstances, break a contract or waive cancellation fees, even if you've had a stroke and will never need the service again, unless you complain on Facebook and Twitter. That's pretty much the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    This Week In TV: Idol's Coming, Whether You're Ready or Not

    My car's in the shop, I can't figure what season it is, and I don't know what to do about the Indians in the lobby. This was Thanksgiving week in TV Land: • Glee is going bye-bye for a while. The last episode of the year will air on December 9, completing the original 13-episode order, and the s ... More >>