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SBD/May 2, 2013/Media
CSN Houston's Limited Distribution Curtailed Local Ratings For Rockets This Season
Published May 2, 2013
WAR OF WORDS: Barron noted CSN Houston has "responded by letter to Suddenlink’s offer to carry the network for free through May 31, but only in its Houston-area markets and not across the five-state Astros market area, by accusing the St. Louis-based company of treating fans of Houston sports teams unfairly." CSN Houston President & GM Matt Hutchings wrote Suddenlink’s "desire for a limited free view 'is clearly a rejection of the offer.'” Hutchings wrote, “Your rejection not only continues to deny access to Astros, Rockets and Dynamo fans, but demonstrates how unfairly and differently you choose to treat this channel and your customers.” Meanwhile, there has been "no further movement on the CSN Houston free view offer." DirecTV has "yet to respond to the offer, and a Dish Network spokesman said the company 'is currently evaluating the offer'” (CHRON.com, 5/1).