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April 3, 2014 | By Joe Flint
An average of 37,000 people have watched the Dodgers this week on their new television home, SportsNet LA, according to Nielsen. That pales in comparison to the first two games last season on Fox-owned Prime Ticket, both of which averaged around 300,000 viewers. Of course, Prime Ticket is available everywhere while SportsNet LA is currently only on Time Warner Cable, which is handing distribution for the channel. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll         Angel ratings, meanwhile, are off to a strong start.
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April 27, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu had another rough day at Dodger Stadium. The left-hander was charged with six runs and nine hits over five innings. Ryu is 0-2 with an 11.08 earned-run average at Dodger Stadium. On the road, he is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon collected two more hits, raising his average to .353. He also stole his 13th base, which leads the major leagues. Gordon put the Dodgers in front, 1-0, in the first inning when he scored on a single by Adrian Gonzalez.
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SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
My whopper of a journey ended in a Burger King, in front of a darkened TV screen hanging in a corner obscured by a tall guy eating a bag of fries. The Dodgers game had just ended, and I had missed it. All of it. Every pitch, every hit, every Vin. My Tuesday afternoon quest to watch the Dodgers' first domestic appearance on their new SportsNet LA channel had finished in fast-food failure. Bad enough that this new channel reaches only 30% of Los Angeles. On the first day that would test the effect of the Dodgers' decision to cut a TV deal that has cut out the majority of their fans, the channel reached 0% of me. I tried.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Cable is starting to get more aggressive about wooing customers of rival pay-TV services to change providers if they want to see Dodger games. "Switch today and never miss a game," says a recent advertisement from the cable company, which is handling distribution for the Dodger-owned channel SportsNet LA. If watching the Dodgers is not enough of an enticement, Time Warner Cable is also offering a $300 Visa Reward Card. Until recently, Time Warner Cable steered clear of advertisements trying to convince people to switch to its service.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Joe Flint
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.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2014 | By Joe Flint and Saba Hamedy
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Los Angeles, you may have a Houston problem. The Dodgers are expected to have a much better season than the lackluster Houston Astros, but fans of both teams may soon have a lot in common when it comes to watching the games on television. In Houston, a regional sports network owned by cable giant Comcast Corp., baseball's Astros and basketball's Rockets has struggled since launching in late 2012. Comcast was the only big distributor carrying it as other area pay-TV operators, including DirecTV and AT&T, resisted because they thought the price tag was too high.
SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
With the blessing of Major League Baseball, the Dodgers are about to launch a publicity push for their new SportsNet LA channel. The new television home is set to debut Feb. 25, the day before the Dodgers open their Cactus League schedule. SportsNet LA plans to air all of the team's spring training games, Dodgers President Stan Kasten said. The channel also will air every regular-season game (except those selected for national Fox or ESPN broadcasts) and programs featuring player profiles and behind-the-scenes activities.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
ON THE MEND: Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch Friday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly confirmed. The minor league rehabilitation assignment will be the first for Kershaw, who had never been on the disabled list. Kershaw is expected to throw about 55 pitches. Mattingly said the left-hander will pitch in the minor leagues more than once before he returns to the major leagues. ON THE MOUND: The Dodgers ended their losing streak at two games behind Zack Greinke's best start of the season.
SPORTS
April 19, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers play host to the Colorado Rockies on Friday, exactly two months after the launch of SportsNet LA. At this rate, there will be nothing to celebrate. For far too many fans, there will be no game to see. Vin Scully does not get SportsNet LA in his home. Peter O'Malley does not. Fred Claire does not. Claire was the general manager the last time the Dodgers won the World Series, in 1988. That was the year a cable television outfit called the Z Channel carried 35 Dodgers home games.
SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
KEY MOMENT: In the blooper reels, this one will live on. The Diamondbacks had the potential winning run on third base in the ninth inning, and Dodgers catcher Tim Federowicz stood up for the intentional walk. But reliever Chris Withrow threw the ball over the head of a catcher standing up - yes, a wild pitch on an intentional walk. That would have been the play that cost the Dodgers the game, had Juan Uribe not forced extra innings with a home run in the bottom of the ninth. Instead, Aaron Hill's two-run single off Chris Perez in the 12th inning won the game for Arizona.
SPORTS
April 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Giants 3, Dodgers 2 KEY MOMENT: Brandon League is guaranteed a combined $17 million over this season and next, which is probably why he is still with the Dodgers and Paco Rodriguez isn't. Because the Dodgers can't send League to the minor leagues without his consent, they optioned Rodriguez to triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday to create a roster spot for Brian Wilson. The Dodgers were immediately forced to deal with the consequences of that decision. Saving Wilson for a save situation, Manager Don Mattingly called on League to pitch the 12th inning with the game tied, 2-2. League wasn't helped by his defense, but he didn't help himself either.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
AT THE PLATE: Yasiel Puig started for the first time since Saturday, when he sprained his left thumb diving headfirst into first base. Puig was one for four, as he doubled to left field in the eighth inning and scored on a double by Hanley Ramirez. Puig also scored in the third inning, when he reached base on a fielder's choice. Ramirez was three for four with two doubles and three runs scored. Ramirez is now hitting .310. ON THE MOUND: Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings, gave up only two hits and didn't allow a baserunner to get past second base.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint
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.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Countdown to Vin Scully: three weeks. The Dodgers confirmed Tuesday what Scully told The Times' Steve Dilbeck last week: The Hall of Fame announcer will travel to Arizona to call the first broadcast on the Dodgers' new SportsNet LA channel. The channel launches Feb. 25. The Dodgers' first Cactus League game is Feb. 26, against the Arizona Diamondbacks at noon PST. "It is an incredible honor to have the remarkable opportunity to call the very first game on the Dodger network,” Scully said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Tuesday will be a landmark day for the Los Angeles Dodgers because their new cable network -- SportsNet LA -- will debut. Unfortunately for Dodger fans, so far only Time Warner Cable -- which is partnering with the team on SportsNet LA -- is carrying the channel in this region. None of the other area pay-TV distributors, including DirecTV, Cox, Verizon, Dish and AT&T, are anywhere near a deal to carry the service. The issue holding up distribution is price. Time Warner Cable agreed to an $8.35-billion, 25-year deal to run SportsNet LA, according to a valuation by the Dodgers and Major League Baseball . The annual fee that Time Warner Cable will pay to the Dodgers starts at $210 million this season and increases dramatically through the life of the contract.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | David Lazarus
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.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
San Francisco Giants 8, Dodgers 4 KEY MOMENT: With the Dodgers' early 8-0 deficit cut in half, Hanley Ramirez stole second base with Adrian Gonzalez at the plate and no outs in the seventh inning. However, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy challenged and successfully overturned the safe call involving Ramirez at second base. Gonzalez struck out on the next pitch, ending any realistic chance at a comeback. The sequence marked the first time the expanded replay system was used in a Dodgers game.
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