With DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV), AT&T's (NYSE: T) U-verse TV and Suddenlink Communications refusing to carry new regional sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston six months after its launch, the distributors are facing increased pressure from city officials in Houston.
Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is the biggest distributor carrying SportsNet Houston, which runs Houston Astros baseball and Houston Rockets basketball games. The RSN is also offered by three smaller providers -- Consolidated Communications, EnTouch and Phonoscope.
Suddenlink offered to carry CSN Houston on a sports tier, but the network has complained that the MSO carries other regional sports networks on expanded basic tiers.
Increased costs for regional sports networks have prompted several pay TV distributors including Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) and DirecTV to begin charging subscribers monthly surcharges for sports programming.
- the Houston Chronicle has this story
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