Time Warner Cable Sports to Tip Off Lakers-Centric RSNs on Oct. 1

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Time Warner Cable Sports to Tip Off Lakers-Centric RSNs on Oct. 1

It will be interesting to see what type of carriage issues arise with these new sports channels.  Here is an excerpt from the article found in the link below:

 

It's official now: Time Warner Cable will tip off its two regional sports networks, centering on the Los Angeles Lakers, on Oct. 1.


The largest MSO in Los Angeles will bow Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Spanish-language RSN Time Warner Cable Deportes, which will have its own production team and programming sensibilities, shortly before the National Basketball Association begins its 2012-13 season, according to Time Warner Cable Sports president David Rone.


The foundation for the services was established in February 2011, when Time Warner Cable secured local rights to the Lakers -- whose games have been televised by Fox Sports West and KCAL-TV -- for a 20-year period in a deal that is reportedly valued at $3 billion. Since then, Time Warner Cable Sports also gained rights to the defending Major League Soccer champion Los Angeles Galaxy and the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.

Rone, in an interview, said Time Warner Cable counts some 2 million customers in the RSNs' territory that extends from "Fresno to the north, the Mexican border to the south, east to Palm Springs and Las Vegas, and Hawaii to the west." All told, those areas encompass some 6 million TV homes.



Rone said that he, senior vice president and general manager of Time Warner Cable Sports Regional Networks Mark Shuken and Dan Finnerty, the senior vice president of Time Warner Cable Sports, who heads affiliate sales, recently began discussions with potential distributors.

 

"We have not had many of them, they literally began last week. In between now and the NCTA Cable Show [which starts May 21 in Boston}, we will have gotten in front of all of the MVPDs that we need to speak to. I'm stressing MVPDs because we're speaking to MSOs, satellite companies and telcos."


Rone would not discuss pricing. Published reports have placed the ask at $3.50 per subscriber for the pair of networks. For his part, ISI Group analyst Vijay Jayant pegs the price at $2.50 per month per subscriber.



A former  executive at Fox Sports, CAA and Evolution Media Capital, Rone did say Time Warner Cable Sports' distribution game plan calls for equal footing for the services.

 

http://www.multichannel.com/article/484345-Time_Warner_Cable_Sports_to_Tip_Off_Lakers_Centric_RSNs_o...

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dolphinsinger72 wrote:

I am an ATT and T U-verse subscriber, but probably not for long.  I was DISGUSTED when I made a phone call to At and T Uverse and the person who answered the phone did NOT KNOW who the LOS ANGELES LAKERS was.  How disgusting is that?


Just because you like the lakers, not everyone is a Lakers fan, NBA fan or even a sports fan.  I could ask my wife who the Lakers are and she couldn't tell you.  My sister, sister-in-law, father-in-law, my mother couldn't tell you who the Lakers are or even what sport they play in.  The Lakers aren't the be-all-end-all.

 

” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway
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AmishGuy91 wrote:
It always amazes me in situations like that this one of the big companies hasnt stepped up and made a deal to be the first to carry the station and thus gain a ton of LA subscribers that don't want TWC.

But they have to gain enough subscribers to make up for additional costs. They have to have the resources to add the subscribers (it doesn't do any good to get 100,000 orders for service when you have 70,000 DVRs available.

 

There are a lot of factors involved, so it's not quite as simple as you make it.

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Here is another intferesting article on about the new RSN:

 

http://laist.com/2012/10/10/time_warner_and_lakers_a_marriage_m.php

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Simply put ATT U-verse and Time Warner Cable need to find some sort of common ground and get Laker fans in LA our Lakers. I am an ATT u-verse subsriber who is not in the market for TWC, my choices are charter direct tv or ATT uverse.

 

I will glad trade many channels such as the home shopping network, Chicago cubs various view channels, and the Texas longhorn channel and the newly acquired Fox Sport San Diego to watch the Lakers which is my home team.

 

Both TWC and ATT uverse need to get their act together. In Closing WE WANT OUR LAKERS!!!

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nyreed wrote:

Simply put ATT U-verse and Time Warner Cable need to find some sort of common ground and get Laker fans in LA our Lakers. I am an ATT u-verse subsriber who is not in the market for TWC, my choices are charter direct tv or ATT uverse.

 

I will glad trade many channels such as the home shopping network, Chicago cubs various view channels, and the Texas longhorn channel and the newly acquired Fox Sport San Diego to watch the Lakers which is my home team.

 

Both TWC and ATT uverse need to get their act together. In Closing WE WANT OUR LAKERS!!!


The only thing wrong with that statement, you want those channels since they PAY to be broadcast.  The more shopping channels the better, just hide them.

 

” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway
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I am at my wit's end with AT&T. I have been calling and e-mailing all kinds of AT&T people to try and get an answer about the new Time Warner Lakers Channel. I understand that TWC is trying to rip off AT&T and other providers because they hold a monopoly on a widely desired product in one of the biggest media markets in the country.

But the lack of communication and information being delivered to us, the existing customers, is ridiculous. I have made it very clear to AT&T that if the TWC is not on my screen by October 31st (and I will pay the freaking $4.99/subscriber fee myself if I have to), I will switch to whichever provider caves in to TWC's demands.

It's ridiculous that those of us in Los Angeles may not be able to see our home team's games. We live in an area that does not have TWC coverage. That means I can't even go to a bar in my neighborhood to watch a game!

Yes I understand that it's just sports and that I probably take this too seriously, but all I want is to watch my freaking games and AT&T will lose me as a customer if they don't figure out a way to make this work for everyone.
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jstchilln120 wrote:
I am at my wit's end with AT&T. I have been calling and e-mailing all kinds of AT&T people to try and get an answer about the new Time Warner Lakers Channel. I understand that TWC is trying to rip off AT&T and other providers because they hold a monopoly on a widely desired product in one of the biggest media markets in the country.

But the lack of communication and information being delivered to us, the existing customers, is ridiculous. I have made it very clear to AT&T that if the TWC is not on my screen by October 31st (and I will pay the freaking $4.99/subscriber fee myself if I have to), I will switch to whichever provider caves in to TWC's demands.

It's ridiculous that those of us in Los Angeles may not be able to see our home team's games. We live in an area that does not have TWC coverage. That means I can't even go to a bar in my neighborhood to watch a game!

Yes I understand that it's just sports and that I probably take this too seriously, but all I want is to watch my freaking games and AT&T will lose me as a customer if they don't figure out a way to make this work for everyone.

Then the only provider you will be able to switch to is Time Warner Cable.  Currenly NO other providers have added this channel.  As for negotiations, AT&T does not provide updates, but then again, neither do the other providers. Enjoy your TWC.

” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway
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jstchilln120 wrote:
I am at my wit's end with AT&T. I have been calling and e-mailing all kinds of AT&T people to try and get an answer about the new Time Warner Lakers Channel. I understand that TWC is trying to rip off AT&T and other providers because they hold a monopoly on a widely desired product in one of the biggest media markets in the country.

But the lack of communication and information being delivered to us, the existing customers, is ridiculous. I have made it very clear to AT&T that if the TWC is not on my screen by October 31st (and I will pay the freaking $4.99/subscriber fee myself if I have to), I will switch to whichever provider caves in to TWC's demands.

It's ridiculous that those of us in Los Angeles may not be able to see our home team's games. We live in an area that does not have TWC coverage. That means I can't even go to a bar in my neighborhood to watch a game!

Yes I understand that it's just sports and that I probably take this too seriously, but all I want is to watch my freaking games and AT&T will lose me as a customer if they don't figure out a way to make this work for everyone.

Then the only provider you will be able to switch to is Time Warner Cable.  Currenly NO other providers have added this channel.  As for negotiations, AT&T does not provide updates, but then again, neither do the other providers. Enjoy your TWC.


As I had mentioned earlier, TWC does not provide service where I live.  So unfortunately I have to cross my fingers and hope that AT&T or any other provider in my neighborhood works out a deal.  

 

Hopefully AT&T realizes how big of an issue this is locally/regionally and sees that they will lose subscribers if they don't get this worked out.  It may not be a huge number they care about, but there will be a few that drop if another provider gets this channel (aside from the ones that jump to TWC). 

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jstchilln120 wrote:

oufanindallas wrote:

jstchilln120 wrote:
I am at my wit's end with AT&T. I have been calling and e-mailing all kinds of AT&T people to try and get an answer about the new Time Warner Lakers Channel. I understand that TWC is trying to rip off AT&T and other providers because they hold a monopoly on a widely desired product in one of the biggest media markets in the country.

But the lack of communication and information being delivered to us, the existing customers, is ridiculous. I have made it very clear to AT&T that if the TWC is not on my screen by October 31st (and I will pay the freaking $4.99/subscriber fee myself if I have to), I will switch to whichever provider caves in to TWC's demands.

It's ridiculous that those of us in Los Angeles may not be able to see our home team's games. We live in an area that does not have TWC coverage. That means I can't even go to a bar in my neighborhood to watch a game!

Yes I understand that it's just sports and that I probably take this too seriously, but all I want is to watch my freaking games and AT&T will lose me as a customer if they don't figure out a way to make this work for everyone.

Then the only provider you will be able to switch to is Time Warner Cable.  Currenly NO other providers have added this channel.  As for negotiations, AT&T does not provide updates, but then again, neither do the other providers. Enjoy your TWC.


As I had mentioned earlier, TWC does not provide service where I live.  So unfortunately I have to cross my fingers and hope that AT&T or any other provider in my neighborhood works out a deal.  

 

Hopefully AT&T realizes how big of an issue this is locally/regionally and sees that they will lose subscribers if they don't get this worked out.  It may not be a huge number they care about, but there will be a few that drop if another provider gets this channel (aside from the ones that jump to TWC). 


So basically if AT&T does not have TWC's channel on the air by Oct. 31st you have no where to switch that is carrying the channel?

 

” Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports … all others are games.”- Ernest Hemingway
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Called customer service, still negotiating for the channel

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As much as I'm satisfied with U-Verse, I will absolutely switch to TWC if ATT does not make a deal to broadcast the Lakers games.

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Tannictony wrote:

 

As much as I'm satisfied with U-Verse, I will absolutely switch to TWC if ATT does not make a deal to broadcast the Lakers games.


It appears that no TV provider is making a deal.  It's definitely not just U-verse.

 

http://www.sanclementetimes.com/blog/2012/10/18/where-are-the-lakers/

 

Instead of focusing on U-verse, perhaps you should put some pressure on Time Warner.

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What other providers do is irrelevant to the discussion.

 

I will cancel my tv subscription if a deal is not reached.  I only have cable for sports, so if that gets taken away I might as well not buy it anymore.  There are plenty of alternative options.

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Gospy wrote:

 

What other providers do is irrelevant to the discussion.

 

I will cancel my tv subscription if a deal is not reached.  I only have cable for sports, so if that gets taken away I might as well not buy it anymore.  There are plenty of alternative options.


I completely disagree.  The fact that no carriage agreements have been negotiated should tell you something about the strategy being used by Time Warner.

 

http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-lakers-distribution-negotiations-20121021,0,6757007...

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texasguy37 wrote:

Gospy wrote:

 

What other providers do is irrelevant to the discussion.

 

I will cancel my tv subscription if a deal is not reached.  I only have cable for sports, so if that gets taken away I might as well not buy it anymore.  There are plenty of alternative options.


I completely disagree.  The fact that no carriage agreements have been negotiated should tell you something about the strategy being used by Time Warner.

 

http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-lakers-distribution-negotiations-20121021,0,6757007...


Gosby: To further add to what Texasguy has said, unless you live in the Regional Sports Network area served by the Lakers, and can get Time Warner Cable at your home, you are completely out of luck with other television providers. There are NOT plenty of options. Your only option at this time is Time Warner Cable.

 

I hope you are not a one and done one post wonder, and will come back to the forum to comment.


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