Cox Cable and DirecTV are still trying to reach an agreement to carry Time Warner Cable's new sports channel SportsNet in time for the outlet's first Lakers telecast Wednesday night.
Time Warner Cable's SportsNet, which launched Oct. 1, is the new TV home for the Lakers and will be the only channel fans can watch 57 of the team's 82 regular-season games. Other games will be available on national outlets including Tuesday night's season opener against Dallas on TNT.
Last week, Time Warner Cable struck distribution deals for SportsNet and the Spanish-language service Deportes with Charter Communications, AT&T U-Verse and Verizon Fios. Besides Cox and DirecTV, the other big holdout is Dish Network.
Between them, Cox and DirecTV have almost 3 million subscribers in Southern California. Dish has an additional 850,000. Time Warner Cable has about 2.3 million subscribers.