Charter Cable announces they will air Los Angeles Dodgers games

June 4, 2015

Good news has finally arrived in the pathetic LA Dodgers-Time Warner Cable fiasco, as Charter Communications has announced that SportsNet LA, the exclusive 24/7 TV network of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be available to Charter customers starting Tuesday, June 9th.

For more than one year, Dodgers games on SportsNet LA had been accessible to a mere 30 percent of the households in the area.  Charter's recent acquisition of Time Warner Cable, owner of SportsNet LA, made today's move possible.

“We’re thrilled that Dodger fans will now be able to watch SportsNet LA’s 24/7 Dodger programming on Charter’s systems,” said Stan Kasten, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers. “SportsNet LA continues to deliver unparalleled coverage of the Dodgers and we hope other providers come on board soon so all fans can enjoy the network’s first-rate programming.”

SportsNet LA will be available on Charter Spectrum TV Select, Charter’s most widely subscribed to tier of service, on channel 44 SD/ 789 HD in the Los Angeles DMA, channel 44 SD / 773 HD in San Luis Obispo, and channel 44 SD in Porterville.

SportsNet LA’s Spanish-language game telecasts as well as its Korean-language Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) will also be made available to Charter customers.

SportsNet LA televises more than 160 live Dodger games each season, plus a full slate of original, classic and live studio programming that focuses only on the Dodgers, covering the team in a way that it’s never been covered.  Or so it claims.  Nobody really knew for sure because the channel has for the most part been unavailable to the team's fans.

Hall of Famer Vin Scully, Dodger legend Orel Hershiser, and veteran Dodger announcer Charley Steiner call all live games on SportsNet LA, with studio and original programming led by former Dodger great Nomar Garciaparra, former Dodger Jerry Hairston Jr.  and host John Hartung.  Alanna Rizzo serves as an in-game reporter for SportsNet LA while also contributing to the network’s live and original programming.

Unfortunately, while today's announcement is a positive step, it still does not provide a remedy for customers of DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and the various other companies servicing the region.  However, there is hope that this first step could lead the other companies to join the party, eventually providing full access to the area similar to years past.

By Staff of and news services

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