Thursday, March 14, 2013

This is great news if you want an excuse to not watch the Astros this season

Here's David Barron with an update on the CSN Houston fiasco, and it's not pretty.

Barron quotes a statement from from DirecTV about CSN Houston:

“Unfortunately, we have yet to be able to reach an agreement with the owners of CSN Houston that allows customers to choose whether they want to pay to see the games or not. We are ready and willing to have that discussion any time so we can begin providing this network. Until then, DIRECTV customers can still see Astros games on FOX, TBS, MLB Network and especially ESPN (which carries the season opener) or hear the games on Houston’s KTRH 740 AM, XM Radio and other regional radio carriers.”

HAHAHAHAHA Because Fox, TBS, MLB Network and ESPN are all lining up to show regular season Astros games in 2013. HAHAHAHAHA. So what CSN Houston is telling DirecTV subscribers is:

1) You can watch Astros games on networks that aren't planning on showing any Astros games or
2) Listen to games on the radio.

Remember, MLB.tv will not work for you if you are in Texas, or any other state that even thinks about Texas.

Click the link to read Barron's thoughts and take on a similar situation currently taking place in San Diego.

10 comments:

Pat in Sec. 419 said...

And, they console us with the news that we can listen to games on a radio station that no longer carries them. I guess there really is no "off" position on the genius switch.

maroonedTexan said...

It sounds like DirectTV is not willing to put CSN in the basic package which is something the Astros have repeatedly said they want to ensure.

Anonymous said...

Reread the piece. The quoted statement is from directv, not vs csnhouston

Astros County said...

You're right - fixed.

farmstros said...

According to this link, http://astros.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/broadcasts/national.jsp?c_id=hou four Astros games will be on FOX Saturday Game of the Week in addition to the ESPN season opener.

Anonymous said...

I was always of the mindset that you put a winner on the field you get fans at the stadium. What a world we live in today.

Anonymous said...

As someone who already has the extra sports channels on DTV, I'm OK with it being on the sports tier only. I'm not holding my breath, but why not negotiate an interim non-basic deal, with a clause to move it up should demand warrant it.

I mean, both sides positions are understandable: CSN says they are valuable; DTV says they are pedestrian. Put it on the sports tier and measure demand.

maroonedTexan said...

Putting it on the sports tier probably limits the ad revenue for CSN as well as keeps the Rockets and Astros a little more removed from their markets as a whole making it harder to grow the fanbase.

Len Turner said...

Called locasl cable co. at least a dozen times. Get same response: "We have no plans to add CSN. You can get all the Rangers games on Fox Sports Southwest..."

Andreemus said...

I wouldn't be too disheartened by this. I work for a company that sells satellite and cable service. While most of the situations I've seen involve negotiations with a channel DTV/DISH already carry that is demanding more money, etc... I've only once seen them not come to a resolution at the last possible minute. It's a negotiating tactic. I'm hoping that's all this is.