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Dodgers' Kasten Hopeful Carriers Will Pick Up TWC SportsNet L.A. Closer To Opening Day
Published March 13, 2014
CARRIAGE CONCERNS: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Matthew Futterman notes subscriber fees for TWC SportsNet L.A. currently begin "at more than $4" and will likely escalate "to over $5 in coming years." TWC President of Sports, News & Local Programming David Rone "accused DirecTV of hypocrisy for not wanting to offer SportsNet LA in the same manner" it offers RSNs in which it owns a stake in Seattle, Denver and Pittsburgh. DirecTV Chief Content Officer Dan York said that the "high price that SportsNet LA is demanding makes the situation different." York: "It's only fair to give all consumers the choice." SNL Kagan data shows that there "are about 4.84 million pay-TV customers" in the greater L.A. market. TWC is the "largest pay-TV provider in the market, with about 32% of the subscribers." DirecTV "has about 27% of the market, while Dish Network Corp. has nearly 13%" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/13).