Charter Subscribers Will Soon Have SportsNet LA

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According to reports, Charter Communications will begin carrying SportsNet LA within the next couple of weeks.

Charter announced Tuesday that it intends to merge with Time Warner Cable, which operates SNLA, the Dodgers cable network whose subscription base comprises only about 30 percent of the Los Angeles/Orange County TV market.

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The announced merger between Charter and TWC faces the same government approval that Comcast was recently denied. With a smaller subscription base, however, the hope is that Charter might be viewed more favorably by SEC and trade commission regulators. More importantly, at least to Dodgers fans, Charter plans to carry SNLA regardless of whether the deal goes through or not.

The subscription base for Charter runs around 300,000 subscribers in the LA area, but it’s still good news for those Dodgers fans who haven’t been able to see their team on television for the past season and a half.

Still no word on whether DIRECTV, AT&T, Dish, or Verizon will pick up SNLA anytime soon, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.

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