Time Warner Cable announces channels for new Lakers networks

Time Warner Cable has announced the channel numbers for its new Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes channels.

The new networks launch Oct. 1 and will be the home for expanded Los Angeles Lakers programming as well as coverage of the L.A. Galaxy soccer team.

For Time Warner Cable Desert Cities customers, Time Warner Cable SportsNet can be found in HD on channel 403 and Time Warner Cable Deportes HD is channel 481. Both networks also will be available in standard definition on TWC’s expanded cable level of service at channels 28 and 35.

To determine whether you will receive the new channels is simple for current Time Warner Cable customers. If you presently get Fox Sports West and Fox Sports Prime Ticket, then you will receive the two new channels as well.

Negotiations are ongoing with other cable and satellite providers in Southern California, including DirecTV, DISH Network and Verizon FiOS. Lakers fans should expect deals with those carriers to occur closer to the Oct. 1 launch.

“It has been a great offseason for the Lakers and we know Lakers fans can’t wait for the new season to get started in October,” said John Keib, Time Warner Cable President, Residential Services.  “Fans with Time Warner Cable will be delivered more Lakers, Galaxy, LA Sparks and local sports on the two new sports networks than ever before.  We are also looking forward to making history when the first ever Spanish language regional sports network debuts on Time Warner Cable.”

Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes are two new regional sports networks launching in Southern California on Oct. 1 that will televise more than 150 live events. Besides exclusive programming with the Lakers and Galaxy, the networks will broadcast the Los Angeles Sparks, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) action as well as San Diego State, UNLV and Fresno State football and basketball games this season.

Time Warner Cable Deportes is the nation’s first-ever Spanish-language regional sports network. It will air all locally-available Lakers and Galaxy games entirely in Spanish – also a first – and will feature its own dedicated production team, Spanish-speaking talent and a distinct graphics package.  In addition to the Lakers and LA Galaxy, Time Warner Cable Deportes’ programming will also include boxing and lucha libre.