My gripe is how can D* justify in agreeing to carry Fox Sports San Diego at a $5 per customer price tag and yet hold out on the Lakers new RSN channels when the Lakers RSN channels will have more programming, more pro & college sports coverage and is a full time 24/7 channel. When on the other hand FSN San Diego is a part time channel.
What is your source for the $5 number?
Besides, the deal probably included Prime Ticket, and the deal was probably signed before TWC had bought the Lakers rights and as such were to be shown in San Diego as part of the DMA. They also get Clippers, Kings, Ducks, Galaxy and Chivas as SD only has a NFL and MLB team. (If you have sports pack, FSWest may not be blacked out when any of the above teams play on it).
Also, TWC Sportsnet Los Angeles may be called that, but they market to the entire Lakers DMA including Hawaii, San Diego, Nevada. Might make it a bit more interesting, as that means DirecTV has to pay a lot of money for the people in Hawaii and Nevada as well to receive it as part of their DMA, while there are probably LESS Lakers fans out there than in L.A. and San Diego.
Looking at PAC12, I can almost guarantee you that DirecTV won't have the networks on October 1st. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you will NOT see any pre-season games on DirecTV.