With the Los Angeles Dodgers in a battle to make the playoffs as the Major League Baseball regular season winds down, Time Warner Cable has announced that the last six games of the Dodgers season will be made available on broadcast through a deal between the cabler and independent L.A. station KDOC.
B&C reports: “The Dodgers games have been airing on TWC’s SportsNet LA, where they will continue to air. But they have been off various [multichannel video programming distributors] there unwilling to agree to the regional sports net’s carriage terms.”
The report notes that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler sounded off about the impasse last week, urging Time Warner Cable and the distributors to find a way to get the games on the air. TWC appears to have arranged to make it happen without striking a deal with the other providers, the report notes.
“TWC points out that KDOC is available on Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse, DirecTV, Verizon FiOS and Dish,” the story adds.
In a statement, Time Warner Cable Chief Operating Officer Dinni Jain said: “Right now, we can’t change the fact that other area TV distributors won’t carry the channel, but we don’t want anyone to miss this exciting pennant run. We hope everyone will tune in to KDOC and help us cheer on the Dodgers. We will continue to work on long-term agreements with other providers in the off season.”
Jain continued to pin the blame for the impasse on the other companies, saying: “Time Warner Cable has worked hard to get other providers to carry SportsNet LA so all fans will have access to games. The company even agreed to enter into binding arbitration to secure a deal and offered to make games available during arbitration. Unfortunately, other providers have refused.”