Think of it this way. CSN Philadelphia is available if Directv wants to add it. Problem is the station is priced so high Directv can't add it without passing the entire cost on to the customer. TWCS LA is priced in the same way. They would have to add a 4 to 5 dollar charge to everone inside that networks tv territory to cover the cost of a station that is way over priced at this time. They have no way to absorb that large of a fee without passing it completely on. Then they would make people mad who don't want it when they see a charge on their bill for it that they can't get rid of without going down to the entertainment package. As long as it is priced at a premium price, they won't add it. I have no doubt that Time Warner has been eying something like this for awhile ever since they took over Adelphia's LA territory. Unless ala carte happens, I would expect a person to need two if not every provider in their area to get every station they want. It's possible even then you wouldn't get everything you want. The days of one provider with everything are gone.
In this argument you are forgetting the most single important difference between CSN Philadelphia's and the new TWC SN LA.
- The teams that CSN Philly carries, were NEVER EVER carried by DirecTV.
- The teams that TWC LA is going to carry have been carried by DirecTV for pretty much 18 years (since their start).
In essence, they aren't losing any customers by not carrying CSN Philly, because they never had the customers that liked CSN Philly to begin with. With TWC SN LA however.... DirecTV customers are losing the most important major league franchise in the Los Angeles area. Combine that with the fact that DirecTV is a Los Angeles company, marketing has always been heavy here, and together with favorable weather conditions DirecTV is a tremendously important carrier here.
Unlike CSN Philly, where they would lose pretty much 0 customers, in Los Angeles they could easily lose hundreds of thousands of customers when Lakers season starts.
Also, Mike White has said that it is focusing on "retaining customers", rather than "gaining customers", which is a strike for CSN Philly (which would only gain customers not retain them) and a big plus for TWC SN LA which would not gain customers so much.... but would retain a LOT of them.