Houston Astros and Houston Rockets Acquire AT&T SportsNet Southwest, Introducing Space City Home Network
In a joint announcement today, the Houston Astros and Houston Rockets revealed their acquisition of AT&T SportsNet Southwest from Warner Bros. Discovery. The ownership change, set to take effect on September 30, 2023, will mark the birth of Space City Home Network (SCHN) as the new home for Astros and Rockets coverage, beginning October 3, 2023.
Fans can expect a smooth transition, as they will continue to enjoy Rockets and Astros games on the same channels they presently use. SCHN will operate as a collaborative effort between the Rockets and Astros, promising uninterrupted access to live broadcasts, exclusive behind-the-scenes content, and more for devoted fans.
Giles Kibbe, Astros Senior Vice President, General Counsel, expressed his excitement about the partnership: “We look forward to this new chapter and remain committed to delivering great broadcasts for the best fans in baseball.”
Gretchen Sheirr, Rockets President of Business Operations, shared similar sentiments: “We’ve worked alongside the Astros and network personnel to ensure this will be a smooth changeover for our fans and look forward to the positive impact this collaboration and local ownership will have on our broadcast.”
Patrick Crumb, President, Regional Sports Networks, Warner Bros. Discovery Sports, acknowledged the teamwork that led to this agreement: “We wish the Astros and Rockets much success as they assume ownership of the network.”
SCHN will retain its exclusive local television rights for the Rockets and Astros, offering a diverse range of team-related programs, along with coverage of regional high school and collegiate sports. With a reputation for innovative production and top-notch coverage, SCHN plans to broadcast over 220 live games annually.
The inaugural live game on Space City Home Network will feature the Rockets’ preseason opener against Indiana on October 10, 2023. Fans are encouraged to connect with SCHN on social media via @SpaceCityHN and visit their official website at SpaceCityHN.com, starting from the launch day on October 3, 2023.