Rockets, Astros games can now be viewed in Austin

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (Associated Press photo)
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (Associated Press photo)

A new channel popped up today on the AT&T U-verse and DirecTV lineups.

Root Sports Southwest signed on this morning, promising access to Houston Rockets and Houston Astros games.

The first pro sports matchup airs tonight at 7:30 p.m., when the Rockets take on the Memphis Grizzlies.

U-verse subscribers can find Root Sports Southwest on channels 758 and 1758. On DirecTV, tune to channel 674.

Root Sports Southwest is the new name for what was Comcast SportsNet Houston. The channel filed for bankruptcy and was recently gobbled up by AT&T and DirecTV.

The change in ownership dramatically expands the audience for Rockets and Astros games, which previously had been limited to Comcast subscribers and customers of a few very small cable companies in the Houston area.

Other programming airing on Root Sports Southwest includes “The Rich Eisen Show” and “The Dan Patrick Show,” as well as some college sports matchups.

Author: Gary Dinges

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman.

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