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. 
Loss of broadcast rights and re-absorption into Fox Sports Southwest
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.  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.