KobeSystemtwofour wrote:Talked to Lakers PR they expect everyone to have the channel before the season
Tweeted by TWC SportsNet and Retweeted by Los Angeles Lakers: We're available to all providers and working hard to get your @Lakers! iwantmylakers.com to tell your provider you can't miss a game
Ariza3 wrote:Tweeted by TWC SportsNet and Retweeted by Los Angeles Lakers: We're available to all providers and working hard to get your @Lakers! iwantmylakers.com to tell your provider you can't miss a game
OX1947 wrote:Ariza3 wrote:Tweeted by TWC SportsNet and Retweeted by Los Angeles Lakers: We're available to all providers and working hard to get your @Lakers! iwantmylakers.com to tell your provider you can't miss a game
We did. Now hurry the (bleep) up on your end.
JAMES WORTHY, CHRIS MCGEE, DAVE MILLER AND MIKE TRUDELL JOIN TIME WARNER CABLE SPORTSNET ON-AIR TEAM
Time Warner Cable SportsNet announced today that James Worthy, Chris McGee, Dave Miller and Mike Trudell are joining the network’s on-air team. Mark Shuken, Senior Vice President and General Manager, TWC Sports Regional Networks, made the announcement. Time Warner Cable SportsNet launches on October 1, along with its sister network Time Warner Cable Deportes, and the quartet of announcers will contribute primarily to Los Angeles Lakers coverage.
“As a sports network new to Southern California viewers, our number one priority is to connect directly with fans and we’re confident that James Worthy, Chris McGee, Dave Miller and Mike Trudell will tell the stories fans want to hear while narrating the games they can’t miss,” said Shuken. “They are all well-known and respected by Southern California sports fans because they have the expertise and insight to give our viewers an immersive Lakers viewing experience.”
James Worthy, also known as “Big Game James,” will be the main studio analyst for Lakers games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Worthy, who was inducted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) Hall of Fame in 2003 and was the first pick of the NBA Draft in 1982, is best known for his 12 seasons with the Lakers, three NBA championships and seven All-Star appearances, among other accomplishments. Most recently, Worthy hosted Lakers pre- and post-game shows on KCAL-TV for the past three seasons. He is also the founder of the James Worthy Foundation, which helps at-risk youth, military veterans and their communities.
“As a life-long Laker, I understand how important the Los Angeles Lakers are to Southern California,” said Worthy. “I’m honored that I’ll be able to speak directly to Lakers fans on Time Warner Cable SportsNet on a daily basis starting October 1.”
Chris McGee will be a studio anchor for Time Warner Cable SportsNet and joins the network after nine years at Fox Sports. While there, he served as the Lakers’ sideline reporter and also covered Los Angeles sports teams including the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, USC and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as high school sports. He also has worked for ESPN and CBS College Sports and covered the Olympics and AVP. McGee is originally from Los Angeles and played men’s volleyball at California State University, Northridge, where he was the team captain.
Dave Miller will take on a multi-faceted role as a studio analyst, commentator and reporter for Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Miller has coached basketball at all levels, including for the New Orleans Hornets, the University of Southern California (USC), University of Texas and Arizona State University. He earned his Master's in Sports Administration while coaching at Eastern Kentucky University. Most recently, Miller served as a radio host on ESPN Radio 710 in Los Angeles, while contributing to several national ESPN radio and TV broadcasts, and also worked as a college basketball analyst for Big Ten Network. He also runs basketball camps across the country, where he helps teach children skills and traits that will help them be successful both on and off the court.
Mike Trudell will serve as a sideline reporter for all Lakers telecasts, both home and away. Last season, he was the sideline reporter on KCAL-TV for Lakers away games. Trudell is also a reporter for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he’s covered the team for Lakers.com for the past four seasons. Prior to that, he was a reporter for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
As previously announced, Stu Lantz and Bill Macdonald will call all Lakers games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Andy Adler, who joined the network in May, will serve as a studio anchor.
For more information about Time Warner Cable SportsNet, visit www.twcsportsnet.com; to find out how to watch Time Warner Cable SportsNet starting October 1, visit www.iwantmylakers.com and enter your information at the top of the page.
wcsoldier81 wrote:These sneak peaks look sick ... I heard there will be fresh snow falling on the screen each time we hit a three too
Clock runs down for Lakers' TV carriage deals
By Lisa Richwine
LOS ANGELES | Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:21am IST
(Reuters) - Time Warner Cable Inc, which outbid Fox Sports for the local rights to air Los Angeles Lakers games, faces the prospect of an opening tip off on October 7 without deals to reach fans of the NBA team in more than half of the area's homes.
So far, the only fans able to watch local broadcasts of new Lakers stars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash will be the 2 million who subscribe to Time Warner Cable. None of the area's other half-dozen pay TV providers agreed to carry the new Time Warner Cable SportsNet or its Spanish-language sister, Time Warner Cable Deportes.
The channels launch on October 1 with live studio shows, classic games and original programs related to the Lakers, the Galaxy professional soccer team and other local sports.
Executives are working to sign other carriage deals before the first Lakers pre season game on October 7, said Mark Shuken, senior vice president and general manager for Time Warner Cable's regional sports networks.
"It's getting close," Shuken acknowledged in an interview. "This pace, and this negotiating timeline, is consistent with virtually every (regional sports network) launch."
Despite recent acrimonious negotiations between operators and media companies that left some channels dark, Shuken says there is still time.
"We are making it very clear to the fans that we will be up and running October 1 and look forward to having agreements with all of their cable and satellite providers," Shuken said.
Time Warner Cable needs distributor fees to help pay for the hefty contract it reached with the Lakers in February 2011. The local broadcasting rights will cost about $2 billion over 20 years, Barclays analyst James Ratcliffe estimates.
Carriage negotiations often stretch to the final days or hours and pay TV providers are not ready to make a deal yet.
"We understand that the Lakers are popular sports programming, but that programming comes at an extremely high price," said Todd Smith, spokesman for Cox Communications. The company aims to keep costs "as reasonable as possible" for all customers, he added.
Charter Communications said it wanted "good value" for subscribers.
"Our customers realize there is a direct connection between the high cost of sports programming today and their cable bill," Charter spokesman John Miller said.
At least 3 million people in the greater LA market use services other than Time Warner Cable, analyst Ratcliffe said.
The biggest operator Time Warner Cable needs is satellite provider DirecTV, which has about 1.3 million subscribers in the LA area, Ratcliffe said. DirecTV recently kept Nickelodeon, MTV and other Viacom Inc channels off its service for nine days in a fee dispute.
DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said the company was in discussions with Time Warner Cable and expected to provide an update on the talks closer to the start of the NBA season.
A spokesman for rival satellite operator Dish Network Corp did not respond. Officials at Verizon Inc and AT&T, which also provide TV service in the LA area, had no comment.
NBA Commissioner David Stern said he was "very optimistic" new distributors would sign before the Lakers' first regular season game on October 31, but he conceded some fans might miss early games.
"My guess is there'll be some delay in some cases, but eventually deals will be made," Stern said in an interview.
Analyst Ratcliffe agreed.
"The probability of a long-term holdout is very low," he said.
For its two LA sports channels, Time Warner Cable is seeking an average of $3.95 per subscriber from distributors in the immediate area to carry both channels and lower fees for farther regions.
The price for the two networks is higher than any single regional sports channel except Comcast Corp's $4.02 price in Washington, according to research firm SNL Kagan.
In addition to the Lakers, the Time Warner Cable channels will air the Galaxy Major League Soccer team, the Sparks professional women's basketball team, local college football and basketball, and high school sports. The Deportes channel will have separate production teams and announcers to tailor programming to a Latino audience, Shuken said.
Time Warner Cable also says it will be the first regional sports channel to offer digital viewing for pay TV subscribers to watch games on mobile phones, tablets or computers.
The company would like to bring viewers the next big prize in the Los Angeles market: rights to air Dodgers baseball games starting with the 2014 season.
The current rights holder, News Corp's Fox Sports, began preliminary talks in May on a new multi-billion dollar deal. Fox has a six-week exclusive negotiating period that begins October 15. Others can step in after that if no agreement is reached.
"If those rights become available for us to bid on, we would be interested in them," Shuken added.
(Reporting By Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles and Liana B. Baker in New York. Editing by Andre Grenon)
XXIV wrote:^ Don't really see how it's great news. Nothing new has been mentioned.
@grunHD We’re working through the process for Time Warner Cable SportNet. Only TW has it right now, no other provider. Stay tuned. -Bryan
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