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Faster Internet Speeds Are Coming to Houston, But How Fast Do You Need?

Posted on · As more and more Houstonians stream content at home on services like Netflix and Hulu, Houston’s big Internet service providers — AT&T and Comcast — are locked in an arms race of sorts to keep up with consumer demand. Just today (5/21/15) Comcast announced the roll out of a new residential multi-gigabit broadband service in […]

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Download Speeds and Houston’s New Tracks: Thursday’s Show (May 21, 2015)

Posted on · There’s long been competition for our home entertainment dollars, from providers of phone, internet, cable or satellite services. That competition’s centered around jockeying for customers by providing better deals, content, or service. Phone companies claimed better rates or hours for long-distance. Cable and satellite companies claimed better channel lineups. Internet service providers claimed better connections. […]

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Could Astros and Rockets Games Finally Be on Your Cable Provider Soon?

Posted on · There’s potentially a resolution at hand of a court case involving a proposal to sell the Houston Regional Sports Network. That’s the parent company of the long-lamented Astros-Rockets-Comcast partnership better known as CSN Houston, the channel 60 percent of Houstonians can’t see on providers who aren’t named Comcast. If approved by U.S. bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur, […]

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Abortion and CSN Houston in Court, The “Divortex” and Hunting: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Posted on · The back and forth legal wrangling over Texas’ controversial 2013 abortion law continued Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the state from enforcing a key provision of the law, which had effectively closed all but a handful of health clinics in Texas providing abortions. The Justices granted a request to suspend a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit […]

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Are You Any Closer to Getting Rockets & Astros Games on Your Cable Provider?

Posted on · We update you on the CSN Houston saga. We’ll talk with Houston Press writer Jeff Balke about the history of the regional sports cable channel, and discuss whether recent developments offer any sense of if the 60 percent of Houstonians who currently can’t see Rockets and Astros games through their cable or satellite providers might […]

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Houston Commuters & Hidden Routes: Houston Matters for Wed., Feb. 19, 2014

Posted on · Hundreds of thousands of Houstonians drive in and out of the city each day. On a past Houston Matters, we explored how we might improve that daily commute experience. But say we can’t. Assume that in the coming years you’re still stuck in the same traffic at the same time most every day. How does […]

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Does Comcast Doom the Astros For Years to Come? Crane Lawsuit Says Yes

Posted on · Astros owner Jim Crane is suing former owner Drayton McLane, Comcast and NBC Universal accusing them of selling him “an asset they knew at the time to be overpriced and broken.” That asset is CSN Houston, the TV network that airs Astros and Rockets games — a network not many Houstonians have access to. We break down why […]

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Will Dwight Howard Fix CSN Houston’s Problem?

Posted on · What impact can one person moving to Houston have? Well, for nearly a year, some 60% of Houston has been unable to watch Comcast Sportsnet Houston, because of a dispute between the channel and carriers including AT&T’s U-Verse, DirecTV, and DISH Network. That may soon change, with the impending official announcement that Dwight Howard has […]