Time Warner Cable has pissed off a lot of Dodger fans in L.A. because it has a monopoly on broadcasting the team's games, and most of Los Angeles isn't seeing them.
Of course, there are two or more sides to every story, and TWC says the folks it has been negotiating with for secondary rights, including DirecTV, aren't being reasonable about how much cash should change hands. Some of those companies, including DirecTV, are saying the same thing about TWC, which is paying about $8.35 billion for first rights to the games.
Now the cable giant is giving Angelenos the gift of free games on television at the end of the season (details below). Is it too little, too late?
TWC today announced that it will allow the broadcast the last six games of the regular season on KDOC, an independent station available on-air and via all competing cable and and satellite providers.
The simulcasts will start Sept. 22 and will feature the following:
-Dodgers vs. Giants, September 22, 23 and 24 at 7:10 p.m.
-Dodgers vs. the Rockies on September 26 at 7:10 p.m., September 27 at 6:10 p.m. and September 28 at 1:10 p.m.
Dinni Jain, Time Warner Cable’s chief operating officer, says:
Time Warner Cable is part of this community and we’re Dodger fans too. Angelenos love their Dodgers, and we’re happy to give them a way to watch their beloved team during this pennant chase.
The cable firm continued to blame the competition for the Dodger TV lockout this season, saying in a statement:
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Time Warner Cable has worked hard to get other providers to carry SportsNet LA so all fans will have access to games. The company even agreed to enter into binding arbitration to secure a deal and offered to make games available during arbitration. Unfortunately, other providers have refused.
Jain says, " ... We can’t change the fact that other area TV distributors won’t carry the channel, but we don’t want anyone to miss this exciting pennant run."
All is forgiven?