April 10, 2014 |
Call it a curveball that nobody wants to swing at. After decades of forcing consumers to pay for channels they don't want, the pay-TV industry is strongly resisting Time Warner Cable's efforts to make subscribers of all its rivals pony up $4 to $5 a month for a Dodgers channel. All eyes are currently on satellite heavyweight DirecTV, whose 1.2 million Los Angeles customers give it a roughly 30% share of the local pay-TV market, slightly less than Time Warner's estimated one-third market share.
March 4, 2014 |
Satellite broadcaster Dish Network isn't interested in playing ball with the Dodgers. In an interview, Dish executive vice president David Shull said the majority of Dish's Los Angeles area customers don't care about getting SportsNet LA, the new Dodger-owned pay-TV channel that launched last month. Dish also doesn't carry SportsNet, the Time Warner Cable-owned channel that is the home for most Lakers games. So far, that hasn't been a problem, Shull said. PHOTOS: Upcoming Disney spring films and beyond "I have a lot of customers in Los Angeles who are happy with the current lineup," Shull said.
December 8, 2013 |
Old bulldogs never die, they just come back in a new incarnation. Orel Hershiser, the Dodgers' former Cy Young winner and last World Series MVP, is returning as a team television broadcaster, according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity. Hershiser adds another big name to the broadcasting crew for the Dodgers' new regional sports network, SportsNet LA. Last week the Dodgers added former team infielder Nomar Garciaparra as a commentator . The Dodgers are also adding Alanna Rizzo from MLB Network to their pre- and post-game shows.
January 31, 2014 |
The Dodgers' new television home, SportsNet LA, is envisioned as "a Dodger-only channel with Dodger-only content 24-7," in the words of team President Stan Kasten. That means live coverage of every game, except those selected for national Fox or ESPN broadcasts. That means a live pregame show, expanded to 60 minutes. And what else, for the other 20 hours of the day? The Dodgers and Time Warner Cable, partners in SportsNet LA, promise to include player profiles and behind-the-scenes shows.
April 11, 2014 |
The tensions between DirecTV and the Dodgers and Time Warner Cable over the team-owned channel SportsNet LA are extending beyond the Los Angeles city limits. Dodgers officials and executives from Time Warner Cable -- which distributes SportsNet LA -- are privately grumbling that DirecTV has been selective in offering the SportsNet LA feed as part of its "Extra Innings" package. The three are already at odds over the satellite broadcaster's decision not to sign a deal to carry SportsNet LA in Southern California.
April 1, 2014 |
Dodgers fans who want to watch this afternoon's game against the Padres but don't have the team's new channel SportsNet LA might have to go park themselves at bar to catch the action. But don't just assume that every bar and restaurant will have the Dodgers; many have only DirecTV, and the satellite service is yet to cut a deal with Time Warner Cable for SportsNet LA. Although the Dodgers own SportsNet LA, Time Warner Cable is the channel's distribution partner. “It's definitely frustrating for us,” said AJ Sacher, regional manager for Barney's Beanery, which has six locations in the Los Angeles area but only one (West Hollywood)