Posted on November 5, 2012 at 6:57 PM
HOUSTON -- It is a sight that more than half of Houston can no longer see from home: the Houston Rockets on television.
On Saturday, Christina Huyen drove more than 30 miles through the rain to watch the game downtown. She joined other fans at the House of Blues who say they are fed up over broadcasting rights.
“It’s extremely inconvenient,” Huyen said.
Comcast Sportsnet, which is owned in part by the Rockets, now carries the games. But others, such as Dish, DirecTV and AT&T have not yet reached an agreement with them to show the games, too.
Together those providers cover roughly 60 percent of Houston households.
“I’m pretty disappointed because I didn’t realize that happened,” fan Bobby Cabazos said.
“I was really confused when I went through my channels like eight or nine times,” fan Gregory Mayfield said. “I’m like I have 8,000 channels and I can’t see the Rockets?”
Online, fans are now fuming.
Opinions on the KHOU fan page ranged from “I have it [Comcast] so I love it” to “they need to get this resolved soon.”
Outside Toyota Center, ticket sales were steady on Saturday as some used it as an excuse to just see the game live.
At the same time, a spokesman for Comcast Sportsnet said they are working to fix the problem.
“It is in everybody’s interest to try to get a deal on this as quickly as possible and that is what we are working toward,” Comcast Sportsnet spokesman Rich Bocchini said.
He could not say how soon a deal might be reached.
History has shown it does not always move quickly. For years, Comcast has had a similar struggle in Portland, Oregon which has yet to be resolved.