We speculated about this yesterday when it was first reported that Charter Communications was in talks to acquire Time-Warner, but now that the acquisition has been officially announced, so too have the plans. Reported by the Los Angeles Times:
Charter Communications plans to soon begin offering the Los Angeles Dodgers TV channel, SportsNet LA, in Southern California, breaking the year-long impasse that has prevented thousands of baseball fans from watching their favorite team on TV.
“We are going to get the Dodgers on,” Charter Communications Chief Executive Tom Rutledge said Tuesday morning in an interview with the L.A. Times. We want the Dodgers on every outlet and we are committed to making that happen,” Rutledge said.
Charter has around 300,000 subscribers in Southern California. The Times reports that Charter customers in Glendale, Burbank, Malibu and Long Beach will be getting the Dodgers’ network within the next few weeks. As of now, only Time-Warner customers can see Dodgers games as a part of their cable package. When Charter picks up the Dodgers, it could pressure other carriers in the area to follow suit.