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

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Update: Tim Baldwin, the man who put together the map and Google spreadsheet, spoke with me last night and said he decided to do it for fun and that he had added every location from the CSN Houston list to the interactive map, noting that there were a number of locations found by ClutchFans members not on the CSN list. Check out the updated interactive map here.

Original entry:

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 due to league rules. I'm fairly certain this is to protect local TV feeds and their advertisers, which would be great if more than 40 percent of the viewing population actually had access.

As the season drags on, however, fans are obviously going to be searching out ways to watch games, particularly road games that they can't attend in person. After a bit of searching, I've found a couple of different lists out there that rundown the bars and restaurants where you can catch the games, but they are by no means comprehensive.

Probably the most comprehensive list is actually on the CSN Houston website. They have a downloadable PDF document that has nearly 400 bars and restaurants supposedly airing the games. But even that list is missing a few (Sambucca downtown, for example, carries it) and it doesn't really make it easy to find something in your area.

A much smaller, but more interesting approach was taken by one of the members of the massive ClutchFans.net bulletin board. In a thread there, "B" posted links to both an editable Google spreadsheet and an interactive map of locations. Because it's obviously a one-person operation, the current list is limited to whatever people on ClutchFans have mentioned, but it's a much easier way to find games than scrolling down a PDF document. And the Google spreadsheet is accessible to and can be changed by any Google user.

So, some more ambitious youth off school from college might consider going through CSN Houston's entire list and updating the spreadsheet. Perhaps CSN will do it themselves.

Whatever the case, hopefully the list will be rendered useless relatively soon when CSN Houston finally comes to terms with U-Verse, Dish Network and DirecTV, but until then, this is your best bet for watching Rockets games if you don't have Comcast.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.