HOUSTON The Houston Astros open up the 2013 season against the Texas Rangers on Sunday, March 31st. If you can t make it to the game, it will be shown to a national audience on ESPN.

Seeing the Astros on TV this year though might be hard to do.

157 of the 162 games that the Astros will play this season will be on the new sports network Comcast SportsNet Houston. The only problem is only about 40% of the city is able to see the channel because major cable providers haven t picked up the network.

Comcast SportsNet and the Astros have been in talks with AT&T U-Verse, Direct TV, Dish Network, Suddenlink and Time Warner to try and reach a deal since October, but nothing so far.

They have to agree to pay a fair market rate for CSN, that s really what s necessary for the long term success of the Houston Astros and the Houston Rockets, said Astros president George Postolos.

CSN Houston has been running an advertising campaign on several TV stations around town trying to get its viewers to convince the cable companies to agree to a deal.

Even Houston mayor Annise Parker has joined the discussion, calling the situation intolerable .

It s a real shame that we can t reach a business-like resolution to a problem that keeps Houstonians, who paid for the venues that these teams play in, from watching their teams, said mayor Parker.

Parker said she has spoken to representatives from teams, but not with the cable companies. Postolos urges fans to stay positive.

We want coverage today and we want everyone to carry the games and we have to get this detail settled, said Postolos. It always takes a big effort to get these services launched, but once they get on the air it always works out for the fans and the teams.

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