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MOST L.A. VIEWERS WON’T BE ABLE TO SEE DODGERS’ OPENING DAY

March 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

For many Los Angeles Dodgers fans, the implications of last year’s $8.35-billion 25-year deal between the team and Time Warner Cable will be driven home on Saturday when they discover that they won’t be able to watch the first game of the new season — or any other games of the season, for that matter. Aside from Time Warner Cable, no other cable, satellite, or fiber-optic TV operator in Southern California — representing 70 percent of the market — has agreed to pay the more than $4-per-subscriber fee that TWC is charging to carry SportsNet LA, the new cable network set up by the Dodgers, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Friday), citing people familiar with the matter. (The single exception is Bright House Network in Bakersfield, which TWC programs.) Time Warner Cable Executive Vice President Melinda Witmer told the Times that the company is having “meaningful and creative” discussions with other cable operators and that her company is confident that once the season gets into full swing, deals will materialize.