Regional Sports Networks

Houston Astros Pull Off an Amazing 0.0 Nielsen Rating

Houston, we have a problem. According to Nielsen live-plus-same day data, the Astros’ Monday afternoon home game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scratched, delivering a 0.0 rating on Comcast SportsNet Houston. In other words, not a living soul watched the game.

DirecTV Keeps Plugging Away at NFL Sunday Ticket Renewal

DirecTV continues to plug away at a deal that would allow it to retain the exclusive rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket package, but the satellite-TV giant said it has yet to finalize an agreement with the league.    

Fox to Secure Controlling Stake in YES Network

21st Century Fox on Friday announced it would take a controlling stake in YES Network, upping its of Yankees Entertainment and Sports (YES) Network, raising its ownership position in the RSN to 80 percent.

Fox Enlists Mega-Robot to Promote FS1 Launch

Cleatus walks among us.

Earnings: Cable Helps Lift News Corp. Profits

News Corp. reported today that its fiscal year first-quarter earnings tripled from a year ago, reflecting a one-time gain from the sale of its NDS holdings and a strong showing from its cable TV networks. The media conglomerate posted net income of $2.23 billion, or 94 cents per share, up from $738 million, or 28 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

In Late Push, Candidates Target Big Ten Network

Local sports have elbowed their way into the presidential election season, as both campaigns and the various PACs looking to sway voters have targeted RSNs in key battleground states.

FCC Orders Cablevision to Hand HD Sports Programming Over to Competitors

Subscribers to AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS in the New York area will soon be able to view some of their favorite New York sports teams, including the New York Giants, Knicks, Rangers and Islanders, in high definition.

Pac-12 to Kick Off Homegrown TV Unit

Pacific-12 commissioner Larry Scott on Wednesday announced the launch of the athletic conference’s own television unit, a suite that will include a national cable TV network and a half-dozen regional sports networks. The Pac-12 Networks will roll out in August 2012, immediately before the start of the academic year.