Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes

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Time Warner Cable SportsNet
Time Warner Cable Deportes
Logo for Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.jpg
Launched October 1, 2012
Owned by Time Warner Cable
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Spanish
Korean (via SAP)
Broadcast area Southern California
Central California
Las Vegas Valley
Hawaii
Headquarters El Segundo, California
Website http://twcsportsnet.com http://twcdeportes.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 691 English (HD/SD)
Channel 458 Spanish (SD/HD)
Cable
AT&T U-Verse Channel 1777 (HD)
Channel 777 (SD)
Charter Communications Channel 787 (HD)
Channel 215 (SD)
Time Warner Cable Channel 403 (HD)
Verizon FiOS Channel 578 (HD)
Channel 78 (SD)
Cox Communications Channel 66 (HD/SD)

Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes (abbreviated TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes) are regional sports networks that launched on October 1, 2012, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.[1] The networks serve the Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan areas, the Coachella and Las Vegas valleys, and Hawaii. The networks are owned and operated by the Southern California division of Time Warner Cable, with the Los Angeles Lakers maintaining editorial control over the content, including team-assigned reporters and anchors, as well as team-related programming.[2] The networks are based in the Los Angeles suburb of El Segundo, California (near the Lakers' team headquarters).

Lakers game broadcasts serve as the centerpiece of the networks. They have been the exclusive home of all Lakers games that aren't aired nationally since the 2012–13 NBA season. Other sports content include Los Angeles Galaxy soccer and Los Angeles Sparks basketball. Game broadcasts are carried in high definition in both English and Spanish (with Korean language audio to be provided via second audio program, making TWC SportsNet the first English-language television network to offer Asian-language play-by-play audio of sporting events).[3] TWC SportsNet is an English-language network, while TWC Deportes is the first U.S. regional sports network with a 24-hour Spanish feed.[4]

Background[edit]

On February 14, 2011, the Lakers and Time Warner Cable signed a $3 billion, 20-year cable television agreement which took effect in Fall 2012.[5] The networks will televise every Laker game not designated for an exclusive broadcast by either ABC, ESPN, or TNT. The new venture ended long-standing broadcast partnerships with KCAL-TV, which had televised (dating back to its days as KHJ-TV) Laker road games since the 1977–78 season; and with Fox Sports West, which in all of its incarnations had broadcast the team's home games since the 1985–86 season. The Lakers joined a growing list of NBA franchises which have abandoned over-the-air local telecasts in favor of their games being available exclusively on cable and satellite television. Besides live games, the new networks also feature a team news magazine program, classic games, profiles of Laker players past and present, and exclusive video-on-demand content to be broadcast both online and on television.[6]

As part of the agreement with Time Warner, the team stated that it would work with the cable provider to ensure that non-Time Warner subscribers within the Lakers' designated broadcast territory (parts of southern California, including the San Diego and Palm Springs markets, as well as southern Nevada and Hawaii) would have access to the two networks. As of 2014, the only television provider not carring the channels is Dish Network. Time Warner is offering the channel for $3.95 a subscriber, comparable to other regional sports networks, but other providers were concerned that this cost could increase substantially should the Los Angeles Dodgers join Time Warner Cable Sportsnet[7]; though Time Warner Cable did reach a 25-year agreement with the Dodgers, a separate channel, SportsNet LA, was created for them.

Los Angeles Galaxy[edit]

On November 18, 2011, Time Warner Cable Sports announced a broadcast rights agreement with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer,[8] in a deal that will pay the team $55 million over ten years, starting in 2012. The networks will televise all Galaxy matches not designated for a national telecast, and will also broadcast matches involving non-MLS opponents. Similar to the agreement with the Lakers, the Galaxy will have supplementary programming featured on the networks, including a weekly team magazine, and possible classic matches.

Since the networks were not ready for the start of the 2012 MLS season, Anaheim-based independent station KDOC-TV televised 18 Galaxy matches, with production handled by Time Warner Cable SportsNet.[9] The new networks, then televised the Galaxy's remaining schedule beginning in October 2012. KDOC also televises selected matches featuring the Galaxy's stadium-mate and crosstown rival, Chivas USA. Much like the Lakers, the Galaxy used to have a long-standing broadcast agreement with Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket.

Los Angeles Sparks[edit]

On March 14, 2012, it was announced the channel had signed a multiyear deal with the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.[10] Although the deal was reported as non-exclusive, no game appeared on a channel other than TWCSN/TWCD in the 2013 season, except for those selected for national telecast on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2. (As with the Galaxy, KDOC aired the 2012 schedule while the new channels prepared for launch.)

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On January 23, 2013, Time Warner Cable and the Los Angeles Dodgers reached terms to create a new channel branded as SportsNet LA which would carry their games exclusively, starting in the 2014 season. Time Warner outbid Fox Sports Net for the contract, which is 20 years in length and estimated to be worth $7 billion. At the time of the announcement the team was said to be considering offering a package of games to be aired over Fox-owned broadcast stations KTTV and KCOP.[11][12]

Other sports programming rights[edit]

TWCSN also has live broadcasts of the football and boys' basketball championship games of the California Interscholastic Federation, Los Angeles City Section, the CIF state championship games in boys' and girls' basketball, and the regional and state bowl games in football. It also carries select games of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the NBA Development League team owned by the Lakers.

In his first season (2012–13 academic year), TWCSN also aired selected games of football and men's basketball of the Mountain West Conference that were not selected to air on a national basis. In nearly all of them, one or both of the teams playing were San Diego State and UNLV, both in the network's footprint. It lost the rights in the new MWC agreements signed for the 2013-14 academic year and beyond. Some SDSU games not nationally televised are now seen on Fox Sports San Diego, and some UNLV games are seen on a local channel operated by Cox Cable.

TWCSN has also aired Poker After Dark and some action sports events, while TWCD airs a weekly lucha libre card taped in Mexico City.

Announcers[edit]

Original Programming[edit]

In addition to live coverage of Lakers and Galaxy games, and their respective pre- and post-game shows, other original programming on Time Warner Cable SportsNet includes:

  • Backstage: Lakers, a weekly half-hour series chronicling the Lakers games, players and executives from a behind-the-scenes perspective for the entire Lakers season. The show airs in Spanish as Lakers Confidencial on Time Warner Cable Deportes.
  • Connected With..., a half-hour signature sit-down interview show featuring interviews with professional athletes, sports insiders, and Southern California personalities—conducted by sports and entertainment personality Kevin Frazier.  First episodes included interviews with Steve Nash, Landon Donovan, Mitch Kupchak, and Dwight Howard
  • Lakers Compacto, a 60-minute recap of each Lakers game the day after every broadcast of the game.
  • Laker Girls, a five-episode series documenting the selection process of the Laker Girls for the 2012–13 basketball season.
  • Backstage: Galaxy, an all-access series chronicling the LA Galaxy, including exclusive interviews & footage on and off the field. The series premiered during the Galaxy's 2012 playoff run to the 2012 MLS Cup, and has returned to cover the 2013 season from a behind-the-scenes perspective. The show airs in Spanish as Galaxy Confidencial on Time Warner Cable Deportes.

In addition to live coverage of Lakers and Galaxy games, and their respective pre- and post-game shows, other original programming on Time Warner Cable Deportes includes:

  • Tu Show del futbol : Es un programa en el cual analizan todos los aspectos de fútbol como deporte y además intercambian opiniones y puntos de vista
  • Encuentro Deportivo : Un programa de deportes que muestra las historias mas relevantes y novedosas que son de un total interés para nuestra audiencia local
  • Momentos Deportivos: Es una cuenta regresiva de los más espectaculares y grandes jugadas, los goles, clavadas y excitantes jugadas de tres puntos.
  • Vamos Galaxy : Disfruta del análisis, entrevistas, reacciones y comentarios después de cada partido de LA Galaxy, con nuestro panel de especialistas: Enrique Gutiérrez, Martín Zúñiga, Elmur Souza y Steve Sampson.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Time Warner Cable stepping up its game in L.A. sports programming, Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Time Warner Cable's broadcasts of Lakers games set for tipoff, Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2012.
  3. ^ Time Warner Cable SportsNet to Launch Korean-Language Secondary Audio Programming for Lakers Games, The Herald, October 26, 2012.
  4. ^ Time Warner Lakers Broadcast Agreement FAQ's Los Angeles Lakers official site, February 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Flint, Joe (2011-02-14). "Time Warner Cable, Lakers strike 20-year TV deal". LATimes.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  6. ^ Lakers starting networks with Time Warner Cable Orange County Register, February 14, 2011.
  7. ^ Lakers games become can't-watch-TV, Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2012.
  8. ^ LA Galaxy and Time Warner Cable Sports reach 10-year agreement to televise Galaxy games Los Angeles Galaxy official site, November 18, 2011
  9. ^ French, Scott. "Galaxy: KDOC steps in for Time Warner". ESPNLA.com. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Time Warner Cable Sports Dunks Multiyear Rights Deal with WNBA's LA Sparks Multichannel News, March 14, 2012
  11. ^ Flint, Bill (January 23, 2013). "Dodgers near TV rights deal with Time Warner Cable". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ Shaikin, Bill (January 24, 2013). "Could Dodgers do TV deals with Fox and Time Warner?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d Lakers Broadcast Information LA Lakers official site
  14. ^ a b c d James Worthy, Chris McGee, Dave Miller and Mike Trudell join Time Warner Cable SportsNet On-Air Team LA Lakers official site

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