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DirecTV and AT&T look to take over Houston sports channel
DirecTV and AT&T look to take over Houston sports channel

AT&T's $49-billion deal to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV has a long way to go before closing, but the two companies are already partnering on a Houston sports channel. DirecTV and AT&T have submitted a plan to a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in Houston to take control of Comcast SportsNet Houston, a troubled sports channel that has rights to both the Astros baseball team and the Rockets basketball team. Launched in 2012 as a partnership among Comcast, the Rockets and the Astros, CSN Houston struggled to get distribution. Comcast carried it but none of the other major distributors in the area, including DirecTV and AT&T's U-Verse, struck deals for the network, citing its...

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