Due to the inability of Time Warner Cable to strike deals with most of the major cable and satellite carriers in Los Angeles to carry the new stations that now have the exclusive rights to show the local broadcast of all Lakers games in the Los Angeles market, TWC Sportsnet and its Spanish language counterpart TWC Deportes, much of the enormous Lakers fan base in and around Los Angeles have been unable to watch the new look Lakers this season.
While the cries have been heard, it is tempered at this moment because the Lakers fan base has yet to miss a regular season game. The Lakers season opener on October 30th against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center will be televised nationally on TNT and available to all cable and satellite carriers in the Los Angeles market. That will change the following day on October 31st when the Lakers take on the Portland Trailblazers at the Rose Garden for their 2nd game of the season. This date will mark the first exclusive showing of a Lakers broadcast in the Los Angeles market for Time Warner Cable’s TWC Sportsnet and TWC Deportes leaving all non Time Warner Cable subscribers in the black. Time Warner Cable is now on the clock with 8 days and counting to come to an agreement with the likes of Directv, Dish Network, Comcast, Cox Communications, Verizon and AT&T to carry the new stations. If they are unable to do so then we can anticipate an uprising not seen since the days of the Bear Flag Republic’s revolt in California.
At least for 1 day the Los Angeles Lakers’ fan base gets a reprieve from the dispute between the cable and satellite carriers as their next pre-season game on October 24th against the Los Angeles Clippers will be shown on the Clippers’ station Prime Ticket. This will give many Lakers’ fans in Los Angeles their first opportunity to see new acquisitions, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash put on the purple and gold uniform. Enjoy this game Lakers nation because it might be one of the last few times you’ll get to see them in the comfort of your own home in some time. After that I recommend you get your pitch forks and torches ready for the uprising.
Here is a channel listing for Prime Ticket for a few of the cable and satellite providers in the Los Angeles area:
Prime Ticket is on channel:
Directv: All areas 693 (HD)
Dish: All areas 411 (HD)
AT&T Uverse: All areas 1774 (HD)
Charter Cable: Los Angeles, Long Beach & Inland Empire 738 (HD)
San Luis Obispo 769 (HD)
Cox Communications: Orange County 763 (HD)
Palos Verdes 754 (HD)
Santa Barbara 736 (HD)
Las Vegas 750 (HD)
San Diego N/A (sorry)
Verizon FIOS: All areas 577 (HD)
Time Warner Cable: Los Angeles/So.Cal 464 (HD)
Desert Cities 689 (HD)
YuccaValley 689 (HD)
Hawaii 1228 (HD)
San Diego, El Centro, Barstow N/A (ironic?)
– Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern”