Fox Sports Houston

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Fox Sports Houston
Fox Sports Houston new logo.jpg
Final Fox Sports Houston logo from September 1 to October 5, 2012
Launched April 2005 (FS Southwest feed)
January 12, 2009 (Standalone feed)
Closed October 5, 2012
Network Fox Sports Networks
Owned by Fox Entertainment Group
Picture format 480i (SD)
720p (HD)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Eastern New Mexico, and Arkansas
Headquarters The Woodlands, Texas
Replaced by Merged back into Fox Sports Southwest due to loss of rights to Comcast SportsNet Houston
Sister channel(s) Fox Sports Southwest
Fox Sports Oklahoma
KRIV
KTXH

Fox Sports Houston was a regional sports network that covered sports in Houston, Texas. The network operated out of Downtown Houston.

Fox Sports Houston was the home for the Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Rockets (NBA), Houston Dynamo (MLS) plus Houston Cougars (NCAA) and Rice Owls (NCAA) coverage of the Conference USA athletic conference. It also featured local Houston-area high school sports.

Beginning as a subfeed of sister network Fox Sports Southwest in 2005, the network became its own 24-hour channel on January 12, 2009. [1] On October 5, 2012, the network was reabsorbed into Fox Sports Southwest, after it lost the broadcast rights of the Houston Astros and Houston Rockets to Comcast SportsNet Houston.

History[edit]

Fox Sports Houston logo from 2009 to 2012.

A separate FSN feed for Houston and the surrounding area began in 2005, just as the Astros and Rockets were working together to establish their own local sports network with the city's then-dominant cable television provider, Time Warner Cable. For the better part of two seasons (2003–2005), all Rockets games not nationally televised on cable were only available on over-the-air television, splitting games between KNWS-TV and the then-KHWB (now KIAH). Working out with the new deal with the Astros and Rockets, FSN decided to establish a completely separate feed for Houston and its surrounding outer television markets, however just operating evenings and weekends, while the Fox Sports Southwest brand continues to air in the rest of the dayparts. In addition to Astros and Rockets telecasts, FSN Houston also broadcast games featuring the University of Houston and Rice University football and basketball teams, and local high school sports. The channel also featured a Houston-branded edition of the Southwest Sports Report, the network's nightly sports news and highlights program. Fox Sports Houston produced Rockets and Astros games for co-owned KTXH. On January 12, 2009, Fox Sports Houston split from Fox Sports Southwest and re-launched as a 24 hour stand-alone channel. The new feed allowed the station to provide more local content and have its own identity, as well as show replays of Houston Rockets and Astros games, which the station had not been able to do before, according to Ramon Alvarez, spokesman for Fox Sports Houston. It also allowed for more extensive Houston Texans coverage. Previously, Fox Sports Southwest’s Dallas feed was carried in Houston for most non-event programming. [1]

Loss of broadcast rights and re-absorption into Fox Sports Southwest[edit]

Fox Sports Houston's partnership with the Rockets ended after the 2011-12 NBA season, and their partnership with the Astros ended after the 2012 MLB season. Comcast SportsNet Houston, which launched on October 1, began its reign as the home to both teams soon after. [2] It was announced on October 2, 2012 that Fox Sports Houston would be shut down on October 5, and reabsorbed into Irving-based Fox Sports Southwest, resulting in some layoffs. Longtime network personality Patti Smith remains with Fox to host Texans programming, while Kevin Eschenfelder left the network in late September to join CSN Houston. Greg Lucas did not continue with Fox and initially, it was unclear if he would join CSN Houston, which he did not.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fox Sports Houston set for new identity Houston Business Journal January 7, 2009
  2. ^ Astros, Rockets reach deal on new network MLB.com News August 3, 2010
  3. ^ Fox Sports Houston signs off with familiar face (retrieved October 2, 2012)