Comcast Sportnet Houston has been on the air for almost a year, but 60% of the Houston area has been unable to watch because of an ongoing dispute between the cable channels and carriers like DirecTV, Dish Network and AT&T U-Verse.
The dispute has gotten to the point that Mayor Annise Parker has gotten involved, brokering meetings between CSN officials and officials from AT&T and DirecTV.
A meeting between CSN and Dish Network that was scheduled for today was postponed because of scheduling conflicts, but CSN officials tell KTRH they are working on rescheduling that meeting.
When they do, they will have a lot to talk about. Some in the industry believe CSN’s position might have been helped by Friday’s news that Dwight Howard would be signing as a free agent with the Houston Rockets.
“That’s huge news. In our world it’s a game changer, both for the team and the network,” CSN's Matt Hutchings told KTRH.
Hutchings believes Howard’s signing coming to Houston helps their position.
“This is an opportunity for us to reinforce that this network is important to the city and to the fans of these teams,” Hutchings explained. “You only have to look at the buildup to the news. This has been national news.”
So will a deal get done quickly now that Howard has announced his plans to play for the Rockets?
“I wouldn’t speculate on that,” Hutchings said. “I think that what we’d like to do is come to the table and lay out what we’ve been saying. We’ve been in conversations with these folks for the past year.”