Mayor Annise Parker has gotten involved in the nearly year-long dispute between cable providers DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse and Suddenlink Communications and Comcast Sportsnet Houston. She has invited all sides involved to a meeting in order to try and resolve the dispute.
CSN Houston officials are ready to accept.
“If she can arrange a meeting with a provider, we’d be happy to be at that meeting and participate,” Matt Hutchings, President and GM of CSN Houston told KTRH. “We would be very willing and open to sit down with Mayor Parker and a provider.”
Hutchings says he knows many fans are frustrated. Nearly 60% of the Houston area cannot get the new channel, which is home to Rockets and Astros telecasts.
“Fans have been frustrated since the day we launched,” Hutchings said.
However, he says the fans he speaks with understand CSN’s position.
“Fans are very supportive. They understand and appreciate what we’re doing, but they just want to get the channel at home.
He also says his side is looking for a fair deal.
“The two major points are the value that we place on this network and the distribution,” Hutchings explained.
And he says he thinks CSN has been more than fair in negotiations.
“We feel that we’ve offered is very fair market value. That has been confirmed because we have the largest and smallest cable providers come on board,” Hutchings stated.
CSN does not want to be on a ‘pay’ tier.
While the dispute continues, you can listen to all of the Rockets and Astros action on their new flagship station, Sports Talk 790.