Ok so I'm a life long Laker fan since the late 80's and as most of us know the Lakers signed a new multi Billion dollar deal with Time Warner Cable that will last 20 to possibly 25 years. The new regional network channels will be in HD and 1 in Spanish. My understanding is that even though it's an exclusive deal with TWC that due to FCC rules they have to offer the new regional network channels to their competitors like Directv.From what I read in press release articles that the new channels will be available to people in LA,OC,Socal,SD, and even Las Vegas. The network I think will be called Time Warner Cable Sports Net and is suppose to launch on 10/01/12 according to their website. Links: http://twcsportsnet.com/ http://www.twcdeportes.com/ Press Release: http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/120510_twc_release.html The channel is suppose to also carry programming for the WNBA LA Sparks and MLS LA Galaxy. My main concern here is do you guys see the possibility of bad contract negotiations between Directv & TWC over how much they should be getting charged to carry this new regional sports channels?