Charter Communications plans to start offering the Los Angeles Dodgers' SportsNet LA Channel in Southern California, according to the L.A. Times.
On Tuesday morning, Charter announced a $56.7 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. Time Warner was the only major TV distributor to carry the Dodgers' team-owned SportsNet LA channel since its inception at the start of the 2014 season. Many Pay-TV companies, including Charter, had refused to show the channel. As a result, many fans were shut out of watching the team beyond nationally televised games.
Charter Communications Chief Executive Tom Rutledge told the L.A. Times that customers in Glendale, Burbank, Malibu and Long Beach, among others, would have the channel within a few weeks. Charter has nearly 300,000 regional subscribers.
"We are going to get the Dodgers on," Rutledge said Tuesday morning. "We want the Dodgers on every outlet and we are committed to making that happen."
It's yet to be seen if other major cable distributors will follow suit and show the channel.
- Jeremy Woo