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(Chron)   Comcast Sports Net in Houston declares bankruptcy. Media experts find it hard to imagine with the powerful TV lineup of the Astros and the Rockets   (blog.chron.com) divider line 25
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2013-10-01 08:50:06 AM
Comcast doesn't reach anybody I know in Houston, either. That's U-Verse territory.
 
2013-10-01 09:05:39 AM
So nobody wants to watch butt slides & overrated centers play? Get right out of here!
 
2013-10-01 09:20:24 AM
I dunno, the Rockets looked like a fun young team last year.  Don't know how the Howard signing is going to work out but could be interesting.  If only Jeremy Lin can remember how to shoot...
 
2013-10-01 09:43:49 AM
CSN wasn't shown on any other provider other than Comcast. They took over the Time Warner sections here a few years ago. I saw a lot of the "Tell your cable or satellite provider to carry CSN Houston" ads on your TV. They never did.
 
2013-10-01 09:58:35 AM
well, at least their Internet ISP Cumcast service is still strong.
 
2013-10-01 10:10:25 AM
Good
 
2013-10-01 10:11:56 AM

Arkanaut: If only Jeremy Lin can remember how to shoot...


I don't follow basketball but couldn't avoid the Lin story.  When he was at his peak, the whole story struck me as him being a flash in the pan.  So Houston fell for the hype and signed him with a big money, long term contract?
 
2013-10-01 10:24:39 AM
Three words.

Suns and Cardinals.

Yeah.
 
2013-10-01 10:31:51 AM

Muta: Arkanaut: If only Jeremy Lin can remember how to shoot...

I don't follow basketball but couldn't avoid the Lin story.  When he was at his peak, the whole story struck me as him being a flash in the pan.  So Houston fell for the hype and signed him with a big money, long term contract?


I don't think it was long term (just 3 years maybe?), but IIRC it was structured to pay him a ton of money in one of those years so it pushes the Knicks over the salary cap.
 
2013-10-01 10:36:55 AM

Linux_Yes: well, at least their Internet ISP Cumcast service is still strong.


Barely!


i.imgur.com


Thanks, OBAMA!
 
2013-10-01 12:03:24 PM
They wanted something like $4 per subscriber from the satellite and cable companies to carry their channel, that's more than the Yankees charge for the YES Network. All for a team that set the all time season record for strikeouts and a franchise worst 111 games lost.  Yea, good luck with that CSN Houston.

/bitter houstonian
//their advertisements were also pretty annoying.
 
2013-10-01 12:04:36 PM
"CSN Houston is available in only about 40 percent of Houston's 2.2 million TV households and has not been able to negotiate carriage agreements with DirecTV, Dish Network, Suddenlink, AT&T U-verse or Verizon FiOS. "

This is exactly why you fail, CSN. I wasn't able to watch any Rockets games (aside from nationally aired ones) last season when I lived in Houston, despite having AT&T which makes up 30-40% of the area's market share.
 
2013-10-01 12:42:50 PM

YixilTesiphon: Comcast doesn't reach anybody I know in Houston, either. That's U-Verse territory.


It's the reverse of our area where Comcast owns us and refuses to allow DirecTV to carry the Phillies, Flyers, and 76ers.

I still don't have FiOS :(
 
2013-10-01 01:00:48 PM

MugzyBrown: YixilTesiphon: Comcast doesn't reach anybody I know in Houston, either. That's U-Verse territory.

It's the reverse of our area where Comcast owns us and refuses to allow DirecTV to carry the Phillies, Flyers, and 76ers.

I still don't have FiOS :(


Cable TV franchise fees are a surprisingly large portion of municipal revenues. I imagine that if they allow FiOS that will decrease.
 
2013-10-01 02:37:55 PM
LOL. Nice headline, subby!
 
2013-10-01 03:05:18 PM

Linux_Yes: well, at least their Internet ISP Cumcast service is still strong.


Are you like, always angry at everything? Do you ever take a break? Do you just wake up and start incoherently frothing at the mouth at the first thing you see while you put your pants on?
 
2013-10-01 03:06:31 PM
imageshack.us
 
2013-10-01 04:07:14 PM
What, not enough boobs on tha teevee?
 
2013-10-01 06:14:16 PM
40% owned by the Astros. Because of course it is
 
2013-10-01 06:46:26 PM

nosferatublue: Linux_Yes: well, at least their Internet ISP Cumcast service is still strong.

Are you like, always angry at everything? Do you ever take a break? Do you just wake up and start incoherently frothing at the mouth at the first thing you see while you put your pants on?



actually, i froth at the mouth at the thought of seeing your naked body in the moonlight.
 
2013-10-01 06:47:22 PM

red5ish: [imageshack.us image 640x360]



Sweet!!    i'll have to save that one.
 
2013-10-01 08:43:28 PM

Arkanaut: I dunno, the Rockets looked like a fun young team last year.  Don't know how the Howard signing is going to work out but could be interesting.  If only Jeremy Lin can remember how to shoot...


Jeremy Lin, 2011-12:

44.6% FG, 32.0% 3PT, 79.8% FT

Jeremy Lin, 2012-13:

44.1% FG, 33.9% 3PT, 78.5% FT
 
2013-10-01 09:28:10 PM
As a transplant Houstonian, this is great news. Let's get some Rockets and Dynamo games on DirectTV ASAP please.

Also, if DeWayne Mann is watching this thread, thanks for previous exchange on the Astros, you educated me. EIP if you want to talk some more.
 
2013-10-01 09:41:27 PM

Intel154: Dynamo games


I was wondering if anyone else was going to mention the third team in the mix.  I'm curious what kind of deal the Dynamo got from NBC/Astros/Rockets to make it worth being the third-wheel sport on a station with sub-50% market share.

My own local MLS club (SKC) got a lot right in the rebranding from the Wizards.  But, on the list would have to be moving from a cable-only regional sportsnet to a "CW/MyNetworkTV"-level broadcast station (and now 4 other stations in nearby markets). Viewership tripled which helps ticket sales. People laugh at those kind of stations. A whole lot of people watch them, though, as it turns out.  And, when you're their #1 property ("Sporting KC plays here" on nearly every commercial break), it helps.
 
2013-10-02 02:36:21 AM
I guess subby in unaware the Rockets are an exciting and young team that is improving. I don't like Howard one bit but they will be fun to watch next year. I know Houston isn't a very good sports town but I suspect the fan base down there will get behind them again.
 
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