4/25/2013 6:31 P.M. ET
CSN Houston offers free trial to providers
Agreement would make the next 34 Astros games available to fans
By / MLB.com
- Comcast SportsNet Houston (CSN), a partnership between the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets and the NBC Sports Group, announced today that they are offering an unprecedented program to provide the new network -- free of charge -- to Satellite, Cable and Telco providers across a five-state region. The 37-day free trial, which has been presented to DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, DISH, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable and more throughout the network's five-state region, is set to begin immediately and extend through Sunday, May 31.
Over the next 37 days, the Astros will play 34 games, including the next seven games against American League East opponents the Boston Red Sox (April 25-28) and the New York Yankees (April 29-May 1). Houston will also play seven games against the defending American League Champion Detroit Tigers (May 2-5, 13-15) and 10 games against division rivals Texas Rangers (May 10-12), Los Angeles Angels (May 7-9, 31) and Oakland Athletics (May 24-26).
"We are pleased that CSN Houston is offering its service free of charge to television providers across the five-state region," said Astros President & CEO George Postolos. "The Astros want to be on television in every household. This offers at least a temporary fix as CSN Houston and the providers work towards a permanent agreement. We hope the providers agree to CSN's offer."
These Astros telecasts are in addition to CSN Houston's coverage of the Rockets playoff run and Dynamo regular season games.
"We understand that fans have been frustrated as we work through our negotiations with providers and have already collected more than 100,000 petitions for our network," said CSN Houston President & General Manager Matt Hutchings. "While those negotiations must continue, our leadership team feels that this next stretch of games for the Rockets, Astros and Dynamo should be made available to the fans. This free trial comes with a sizable loss that our network will take on, but we feel that it is the right thing to do. We are hopeful that our affiliate partners at DirecTV, AT&T, Dish, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable and others across our region will take us up on this unprecedented offer and make it available to their customers."
For more information on CSN Houston's Free Trial, fans can contact their provider in order to find out if CSN Houston's coverage of the Rockets, Astros and Dynamo will be placed on their channel lineup during this limited time.
Fans with other TV questions or concerns should visit IWantCSNHouston.com for the latest distribution developments and to tell their Cable, Satellite or Telco TV provider to add Comcast SportsNet to their channel lineup.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.