Charter to Carry Dodgers TV Network Beginning Tuesday

Sports Networks' Crazy Math: Even More

Charter Communications is expected to begin carrying Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games starting Tuesday, the first time a broader swath of residents in the region will have access to those baseball matchups in more than a year, according to a spokesman for the company.

The move comes as  a direct result of Charter’s bid to acquire Time Warner Cable for more than $56 million. The news was reported previously by the Los Angeles Times.

Time Warner Cable is the backer of SportsNet LA, the Dodgers-owned network that carries the games, and had been the only cable distributor of the  privately owned channel. Rivals like Charter, DirecTV and Cox all resisted airing the network, saying the price sought by Time Warner Cable for carriage rights was too high.

Time Warner Cable covers more than 80% of the Los Angeles pay-TV market. Subscribers to other services have only been able to watch Dodgers games made available nationally via ESPN, Fox or Fox Sports 1.

Time Warner Cable had sought more than $4 per subscriber per month, according to press reports. That would put the fees for SportsNet LA on par with those charged for national sports networks like ESPN and ESPN2.

Time Warner Cable paid a hefty sum for rights to carry the Dodgers games, agreeing to a pact valued at $8.35 billion over 25 years, per a valuation that had been made available by the Dodgers and Major League Baseball and reported by the Los Angeles Times.

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  1. matt says:

    dodgers are flying first class. this trade is great i hope they beat giants every game

  2. JoeMcG says:

    So Time Warner Cable is offering this to Charter customers for free? Out of the kindness of their own heart? Not likely! If they’re doing this for no charge, it’s only so they can soften the crowd into accepting this mega-merger and avoid the battle they got when trying to make the Comcast deal. There’s little love for either of these cable companies here in LA…

  3. CDog says:

    nice job, Variety….do you think you could have picked a photo of a player who wasn’t traded last year?

    • Danny says:

      Perhaps they updated the player picture but from what I see, that’s Puig. He didn’t get traded last season.

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