The Houston Dynamo and Comcast SportsNet Houston announced a 3 year deal for the Dynamo games to air on CSN Houston. The deal will call for 15-20 games to be shown on the network with a handful of additional features year around.
Excerpt from Houston Dynamo press release:
The Houston Dynamo have entered into a multiyear partnership with Comcast SportsNet Houston (CSN) as its official Regional Sports Network, it was announced today.
The two sides have reached a three-year agreement that will make CSN the home for Dynamo Soccer from 2013 to 2015. CSN will air approximately 15 to 20 Dynamo games per season. In addition to games, CSN will produce Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows, a weekly in-season magazine show, a monthly off-season show, a pre-season preview, a post-season wrap up special, and a behind-the-scenes documentary series.
As part of their agreement, the Dynamo and CSN will partner with KPRC Local 2 (NBC) to air a select number of Dynamo games. A finalized broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.
The Dynamo join the Astros and Rockets as the third major league franchise in Houston to be partnered with CSN.
The Dynamo will play a minimum of 41 games in 2013 between the MLS regular season, CONCACAF Champions League and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. 40 of those games are scheduled to be on TV, and 18 of them will be nationally televised on ESPN2, NBC Sports Net, UniMás, or FOX Soccer Channel. Through this partnership, 21 games will be carried regionally between CSN and KPRC.
"From a media and broadcast perspective, the CSN commitment is unlike anything the Dynamo has experienced in our seven year history," Canetti continued. "It is one of the best television deals in MLS and symbolizes the incredible growth and development of our club and League."
The Dynamo published a Q&A regarding the new partnership with a number of issues being addressed.
Q: Why did the Dynamo choose to move the games to CSN? Especially since CSN does not have distribution on DIRECTV, DISH, AT&T UVerse, and Time Warner Cable?
A: CSN believes in the Dynamo and shares the passion and commitment for growing the game of soccer. Fans will see high-quality, HD match production and an array of in-depth programming. This is by far the most comprehensive TV partnership of any MLS team.
Q: What kind of Dynamo coverage will be seen on CSN?
A: In addition to matches, CSN will produce pre and postgame shows, a weekly in-season magazine show, a monthly off-season show, a pre-season preview, a post-season wrap up special, and a behind-the-scenes documentary series. The Dynamo will also be covered heavily on SportsNet Central, the network's live regional sports news show that airs three times daily. Dynamo players and staff will also be guests on SportsTalk Live, the network's daily live talk and analysis show.
Q: Where can I watch CSN Houston?
A: What TV provider do you use?
- Comcast Cable (channels 39/639 in the Houston area, 86/1688 in Houma, La Place, Monroe and Shreveport, La., 269/1687 in Little Rock, Ark.).
- EnTouch (channels 73/473 in the Houston area).
- Coastal Link (channels 31/131 in Brazoria County, Texas).
- Phonoscope (channels 35/293 in the Houston area).
- Consolidated Communications (channel 42/723 in the Houston area).
Follow Comcast SportsNet Houston on Twitter: @CSNHouston for the latest news and information about the network.
Q: So if I don't have Comcast Cable I can't watch the network?
A: CSN Houston is available to all TV, satellite, and telco providers. We encourage you to call 1-800-4CSNHOUSTON or visit IWantCSNHouston.com to tell your provider to add the network.
Q: Can I get the network where I live?
A: CSN Houston's prospective broadcast region includes all areas that previously saw Astros, Dynamo and Rockets games; Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico, based on league blackout restrictions.
Q: Can I watch games on a sports package or online?
A: Sports packages and online streaming of games (MLB Extra Innings, MLS Live, NBA League Pass, etc.) are subject to league blackout restrictions and will be the same as offered in previous seasons.
Q: Will games be available on a Spanish language TV station?
A: At this time, CSN does not have a Spanish language feed for Astros, Dynamo, or Rockets games.
Q: Do you know if any bars or restaurants are showing the games?
A: This is by no means a full list, and we can't be sure these places will have the games on, but you can start here. You can also go to CSNHouston.com and click "Bar and Restaurant Guide" in the bottom section of the main page.