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If You've Got AT&T U-verse, You've Got Lakers Access

Many who don't have Time-Warner Cable are still without Kobe & Co.

The new pay TV channel with exclusive rights to most L.A. Lakers games has picked up its first big affiliation agreement.

Southern Californians who subscribe to the AT&T U-verse TV service will be able to see Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes effective Tuesday, TWC and ATT officials said Saturday.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet will be available for U-verse TV customers in the Los Angeles, San Diego, Bakersfield and Fresno markets to subscribers with the U100 package and above.

The twin channels carry the Lakers non-network games, as well as WNBA Sparks and L.A. Galaxy soccer games.

The distribution deal marks the first carriage for the TWC channels on systems other than Time Warner Cable's own systems. Other major distribution systems have balked at the $3.95 per month wholesale charge levied by TWC, and the demand that the extra channels be made available on all basic cable tiers.

—City News Service

Don Schultz October 28, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I don't think Laguna has ANY fIberoptic and therefore, no ATT U-verse. Correct me if I am wrong.
Martin Henderson (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I don't know, but maybe someone in Laguna has a second home (or a good friend) elsewhere and they can use the slingbox (I think that's what it's called).
M October 28, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Really Patch? You're advertising for AT&T? Shameful.
Charles October 28, 2012 at 02:04 PM
It's better than nothing, but Laker games should be available online, probably not the HD quality that would be delivered from the cable company. It's how I watched the Kings Stanley Cup Finals which were on NBCSN (which very few people had) last spring. http://www.justin.tv/directory/sports http://atdhe.eu/ http://www.thefirstrow.eu/
Martin Henderson (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Not advertising, just alerting people who might want to watch the Lakers on TV.
Greg Holcomb October 28, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Negotiations are continuing with Direct TV and other providers. I suspect a deal will be cut just before the season opens. Direct TV has too many customers and the advertisers will be extremely upset if they are not carrying the games. Its a game of chicken.
Martin Henderson (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 03:29 PM
You're right, Greg. Time-Warner got the rights to a pretty attractive property and will now farm it out to other providers if they're willing to pay handsomely for it, thereby recouping some or all of its loss. It's all about content, and at the moment, Time-Warner has it. Now that I think about it, why didn't Jerry Buss ever create his own media empire to control the rights to Lakers' broadcasts (I think that's the way the Knicks are set up with the Madison Square Garden network or something like that). Would seem that Buss and big hitters/celebs in L.A. could have worked something out. It's not like he can't get a meeting with anyone in town.
April Josephson October 28, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Laguna Beach will never have U-verse because Verizon is their local Telco. If Verizon ever runs fiber—which is unlikely—you would have FIOS instead.
April Josephson October 28, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Sorry Martin, I agree with M on this...
Don Schultz October 28, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Got it. It will happen some day.
Jacob Cherub October 28, 2012 at 04:02 PM
While I don't know about other areas of Laguna, in the Village Verizon is the sole carrier for "phone". No good there Verizon has not laid fiber optics so there FIOS system is unavailable. Would anyone be surprised that cox has bid for the rights in a way that would allow them to create a new tier enabling them to charge the consumer for Lakers on a monthly basis? Of the many (hundreds?) of channels available on cox, how many do you watch?
Jacob Cherub October 28, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Correction: No good here because Verizon has not laid fiber optics so their FIOS system is unavailable.
Wild Bill October 28, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Jerry Buss blew it. Even the Utah Jazz has there own station.
Charles October 28, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Ten NBA championships and he still managed a way to get Dwight Howard and Nash on the Lakers this year.
Tennickly October 28, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I am pretty pissed at the Lakers for doing this deal. The games I used to watch for free or for a small fee as part of the expanded basic Cox Cable will now cost me money.
Heather Gilbert October 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Alas, I don't care as much about the Lakers as I do about the Pac 12. I've missed many key games this season because they were carried on Pac 12 Networks. Boooo!
JTTPW October 29, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Cox hasn't signed on yet, for exactly the reason you describe. I'm sure a deal will get done, but the 75% of their subscribers who don't want to pay for The Lakers are not going to take a $4.00 per month rate hike too happily.
JTTPW October 29, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I'm with Martin here. This is a Southland-wide story, it seems to me he is just describing the available options. Thank you.
Regina October 29, 2012 at 06:03 AM
I have Uverse u-100 and wonder if I can get the Lakers. If anybody wants this program they can have the games and I'll watch football games instead.
MisturChips October 29, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I've been waiting for U-verse for YEARS.. Speaking to the technicicans who install it, I was amazed to discover a simple piece of equipment (called a 'V-RAD') must be installed in the vault down the street from my home (there is plenty of room / power to support it, too). AT&T can't (or won't), due to some agreements with local area cities after Cox paid some serious ca$h to quell competition. I wish I had the details, but when several folks from competing companies say the same thing.... Rotten eggs will eventually make enough stink to be discovered.
JTTPW October 29, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I wish you had the details, too. Sounds like jamokeeism to me, Sir.
Frank E. October 29, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Cox channel 78
Charles November 05, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Looks like Cox picked up the Lakers. No details yet if it is free or not. http://www.ocregister.com/sports/network-376715-picks-shouldn.html
Mark B November 06, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I sure hope I'm not paying $4/month for this... cable bills are expensive enough, mostly due to this kind of shenanigans by content owners.

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