In any event, the LA Times notes:
The article notes that TWC's first stop will be DirecTV. Then it notes:
Time Warner Cable has struck a massive deal with the Los Angeles Lakers to create two regional sports channels that will use the world champs as their backbone.
...One of the two as-yet unnamed cable channels will be Spanish-language network that will have its own production team instead of just being a feed of the English-language channel.
I can understand why Time Warner Cable did this. It's time for somebody in the cable/satellite business to push back at Fox Sports RSN's and someday ESPN.
Consumers may feel some pain as a result of the deal. Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) are generally some of the most expensive programming for distributors. Typically, RSNs cost between north of $2.50 per month, per subscriber. Given the high cost of the Lakers, Time Warner Cable will likely be looking for north of $3.50.
...At the same time, Fox Sports West will likely get pressure from Time Warner Cable and other distributors to lower the price of its channel now that will be losing the Lakers.
Wonder what Charlie will do after contemplating the implications of the change?