Bob Levey/Getty images

Bob Levey/Getty images

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Comcast Sports Net Houston (CSN) has decided to allow the many fans of the Houston Rockets who missed the opening night a chance to watch the team usher in a new era with Dwight Howard.  The channel is not available on many of the cable providers in the Houston area and only an estimated 40% of Houston can watch the Rockets in their home.

Thursday CSN announced that they will be providing – free of charge – a program to provide the network to Satellite, Cable and Telco providers across a five-state region.  Starting immediately and running for 45 days through Dec. 15th subscribers to DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, DISH, Suddenlink and more throughout the network’s five-state region will be able to experience the channel. This of course is contingent on the providers agreeing to carry the network for free.

The free program will offer:

  • Live, HD coverage of the Rockets next 24 games, including upcoming showdowns vs. the Mavericks, Lakers, Knicks, Warriors and Spurs,except where NBA blackouts apply.
  • Daily live news, analysis and original programming covering the major teams and conferences throughout the region

This is the second time Comcast has done something like this.  They tried it at the begining of the Astros season and none of the providers who could get the free trial picked up the option to carry the channel for free. The lack of providers willing to carry the channel during the Houston Astros season led to the team having ratings of 0.004 and 0.0 near the end of their 100+ loss season.



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