CSN Houston President Asks Suddenlink Cable To Move Net To Basic Tier
Comcast SportsNet Houston President & GM Matt Hutchings said that the network "could be made available immediately to Suddenlink cable customers if the carrier will agree to air the network on its expanded basic service across a five-state area rather than on an extra-cost sports tier in the Houston area only," according to David Barron of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Hutchings in a letter yesterday "made his comments" to St. Louis-based Suddenlink Senior VP & Chief Programming Officer Patty McCaskill. Hutchings wrote, "If you agree to put CSN Houston on the same tier as the other regional sports networks you carry, we are in agreement and your customers can begin receiving CSN Houston immediately." The letter was "made public as the Rockets prepare for their first NBA playoff run in four years with the possibility that some playoff games could be available in the Houston area only on CSN Houston" if those games were to air nationally on NBA TV. Suddenlink has a network of "about 1.4 million customers in 16 states" (CHRON.com, 4/17).