dmaul wrote:I'm really glad this thread is back because I've been thinking about this lately. Never had cable before but now I'm forced to get it. In an ideal scenario they'd let you pay for only the channels you want and not have to get these expensive packages that include all this other mumbo jumbo you'll never watch. So of course, I've been comparison shopping with the different carriers last week as I obviously want to pay as little as I have to to watch only the Lakers. When I called up Direct TV and asked them how much it would be for basic cable + this new Lakers channel, the woman didn't know what I was talking about. She put me on hold and then came back to me and said, "you mean Fox Sports West?" I told her FSW will no longer carry the Lakers this upcoming season but she still didn't understand.
I have a feeling many carriers don't have agreements worked out yet with Time Warner. So if you have to get a basic package plus the additional cost for this channel, you would think Time Warner would be cheaper than anybody else, correct? Since whatever they're charging for this channel can't be more than what another carrier would charge since they have to pay Time Warner. That would assume the basic package is roughly the same across the board. I don't know. Is there even a name for this new channel - "the Lakers channel" or something? I don't know what to tell these customer service people over the phone. Even when they don't understand they'll say, "yeah, we have it. We carry everything you want" just to get you to sign up on the spot.
The channels are called Time Warner Cable SportsNet for the English version and Time Warner Deportes for the Spanish channel.
They launch on October 1st 2012. TWC is in discussion with all of the TV providers (DirecTV, Dish Network, Cox, Charter, Verizon Fios, AT&T U-Verse) over how much they are going to charge for TWC's competitors to carry and distribute the channels. Any agreement is probably not going to get done with those TV providers until we get closer to the October 1st launch date of the channels.
Here is the FAQ page:http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/time_war
And here is TWC SportsNet's Twitter account where you can send a message asking them questions:https://twitter.com/TWCSportsNet