Root Sports Houston now has a "clear path" to existence, as U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes rejected Comcast's request for a stay of the reorganization plan approved by Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur. The news was reported yesterday by David Barron of the Houston Chronicle.
So now we know for sure that CSN Houston will give way to Root Sports, which will be carried on DirecTV and AT&T U-verse, in addition to Comcast. What we don't know is when exactly this will happen, but all indications are that the transition can happen quickly, now that DirecTV and AT&T have the full go-ahead.
When Judge Isgur initially approved the reorganization plan, attorneys for the two non-Comcast networks thought they could get Root Sports up and running by November 14, but CSN Houston's broadcast schedule is now set to run through the 16th, so that would probably be the earliest we would see the new network, and by extension, Rockets games for more of Houston. But still, great news!
Going forward in the appeal, much is still to be decided, but most (if not all) of it is monetary. For most of us, all of the important stuff has been decided.