Update on Time Warner Cable’s Lakers network that debuts Monday

Time Warner Cable and the Los Angeles Lakers are throwing a red-carpet party Monday evening, and so far the invitation list is pretty exclusive.

And that has caught the attention — and ire — of Lakers fans across the Coachella Valley who are wondering whether or not they will be able to enjoy a network dedicated to Kobe Bryant and new teammates Steve Nash and Dwight Howard this season.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet, otherwise known as the new Lakers network, launches at 7 p.m. Monday, and unless you are a Time Warner Cable subscriber you could be out of luck for the debut.

The new network and its first-of-its-kind Spanish counterpart Time Warner Cable Deportes have been unable to reach deals with cable providers DirecTV, Dish Network and Verizon FiOS that also serve the desert.

All parties are talking, so deals are expected. But whether those agreements occur before the Lakers’ first preseason game Oct. 7 or before Time Warner Cable SportsNet broadcasts its first Lakers’ regular-season game Oct. 31 is anyone’s guess.

The new networks will televise 70 of the Lakers’ 82 games this season. Lakers games no longer will be available on FSN West or KCAL.

“The Lakers are important to L.A. fans who can rest assured DirecTV is very engaged with Time Warner Cable on how best to make the new TWC SportsNet available in all our local customers’ homes,” said DirecTV spokesperson Robert Mercer. “Time Warner Cable and DirecTV are the two largest TV providers serving Los Angeles, and as such both share a responsibility to ensure that both sports fans and non-sports fans alike avoid any extraordinary increases to their families’ monthly bills.

“We plan to carry TWC SportsNet in a way that is affordable for everyone,” Mercer said.

Time Warner Cable is reportedly charging $3.95 per subscriber per month to pick up the new networks.

Dish Network, which recently joined Time Warner Cable as the only cable providers in the desert to offer the Pac-12 Network, offered a similar update.

“Dish is currently talking with Time Warner Cable SportsNet, but we will only be able to come to an agreement if the programming is offered at a good value for our customers,” Dish spokesperson John Hall said.

Time Warner Cable usually finds itself embroiled in carriage disputes from the other side, but now is in the business of running its own sports networks.

At the same time, in the last six weeks, Time Warner Cable has become the destination for Southern California sports fans. The TV provider aired the Pac-12 Networks from launch in mid-August, and following a bitter nine-year dispute added the NFL Network and RedZone channels to its lineup Sept. 21. Now the area’s favorite pro franchise is set to launch on a new network tonight.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes will be the exclusive homes of the Los Angeles Lakers, L.A. Galaxy and L.A. Sparks games, as well as CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) high school regular season and playoff contests.

When Time Warner Cable SportsNet flips the switch at 7 p.m. Monday, a two-hour live special edition of the network’s signature show “Access SportsNet” will be broadcast, feauring Bryant, Howard and Nash as well as Galaxy superstar David Beckham as in-studio guests.

The premiere of “Backstage: Lakers,” the network’s weekly behind-the-scenes documentary show, follows at 9 p.m. “Backstage: Lakers” will take fans from the end of the 2011-12 season in Oklahoma City to the start of 2012-13 training camp.

Time Warner Cable Deportes will launch at 7 p.m. with a two-hour “Bienvenidos a Time Warner Cable Deportes” live special that features Beckham, Bryant and Nash as in-studio guests, plus Laker Pau Gasol and Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan.

Next on the network will be “Somos Lakers, La Biografía” at 9 p.m. and “Los 16 del Galaxy” at 9:30 p.m., which profile the histories of the two teams. “Encuentro Deportivo” will premiere at 10 p.m. and the half-hour live, nightly show will update viewers on the day’s sports activity in Southern California as well as internationally.

On Lakers game nights, a 90-minute preview show is planned, with an hour-long wrapup show after the game.

Other Lakers programming includes classic games; enhanced replays of this season’s games and “Lakers Compacto,” in which games are replayed in a condensed, one-hour format.

“Laker Girls” will be a five-part miniseries that spotlights the selection process and starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Deportes will be available on HD channels 403 and 481, respectively, on Time Warner Cable. The standard definition channels are 28 and 35.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet plans seven days of Lakers’ programming

Los Angeles Lakers fans will get their appetite for news and information about their team fed daily once the new Time Warner Cable SportsNet launches Oct. 1.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes, the two new Lakers’ Networks, plan to feature live Lakers programming seven days a week.

“Access SportsNet” will serve as the network’s signature daily studio show and serve as the pre- and post-game destination every day the Lakers play.

In addition,  “#LakeShow” will be the network’s daily live social media-driven show.

Access SportsNet” will air live daily as a  one-hour studio program. It will  begin at 7 p.m. and deliver comprehensive coverage of the Lakers, LA Galaxy and LA Sparks. It will highlight the network’s signature behind-the-scenes access and provide Lakers, Galaxy and Sparks fans with information, updates and team features. A second live “Access SportsNet” will air at 10 p.m.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes can be found in HD on channel 403 and 481.

The new networks continue to negotiate with other television carriers, including DirecTV, Dish Network and Verizon Fios. Announcements about deals probably won’t come until closer to the Oct. 1 launch.

For more details on the new networks, here’s the complete release:

                                                                                      

 

Time Warner Cable SPORTSNET DEBUTS STUDIO PROGRAMMING LINEUP 

Network will feature live Lakers programming seven days a week starting October 1, delivering behind-the-scenes access, expert analysis and more 

Daily studio show “Access SportsNet” is the network’s signature program; social media-driven “#LakeShow” will begin the Lakers conversation on Time Warner Cable SportsNet each day

El Segundo, CA (September 19, 2012) – Time Warner Cable SportsNet announced today details about its October studio programming. The network will provide fans with dedicated live Lakers programming seven days a week and feature a comprehensive schedule of Lakers and Galaxy content when it launches on October 1. “Access SportsNet,” the network’s signature daily studio show, will encompass Lakers pre- and post-game shows as “Access SportsNet: Lakers” and LA Galaxy pre- and post-game shows as “Access SportsNet: Galaxy.” Additionally, “#LakeShow” will be the network’s daily live social media-driven show.

“Lakers fans want content about and access to their team seven days a week and we’re going to provide that with “Access SportsNet” and “#LakeShow,” said Mark Shuken, Senior Vice President and General Manager, TWC Sports Regional Networks. “We’ve created a lineup that gives fans a voice, speaks directly to them and takes them behind-the-curtain as their favorite team kicks off what’s sure to be a historic season.”

Access SportsNet” will air live every day on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. The one-hour studio program will begin at 7:00* p.m. and deliver comprehensive coverage of the Lakers, LA Galaxy and LA Sparks. It will highlight the network’s signature behind-the-scenes access and provide Lakers, Galaxy and Sparks fans with the latest information, updates and team features. A second live “Access SportsNet” will air at 10:00 p.m.

Live Lakers coverage on Time Warner Cable SportsNet will begin each day with “#LakeShow” (read “LakeShow”), an interactive studio program highlighting of-the-moment conversations about the Lakers and fan-driven social media interaction and engagement. “#LakeShow” will air 90 minutes prior to tip-off on game days and at 6:30 p.m. on all other days and run all Lakers season long.

Following “#LakeShow” on Lakers game days, “Access SportsNet: Lakers” will begin live from the studio 60 minutes prior to tipoff. Starting with the Lakers’ first pre-season game on October 7 and first regular season game on October 30, the one-hour pre-game show will cover every angle leading into the game and feature opinions, expert analysis and debate. Following the game, the “Access SportsNet: Lakers” post-game show will provide extensive game highlights, locker room sound, in-depth interviews with players and coaches and a breakdown of the game. As a sign of Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s unprecedented commitment to the Lakers, “Access SportsNet: Lakers” will air for all Laker games including national broadcasts.

On October 21, Time Warner Cable SportsNet will telecast the network’s inaugural LA Galaxy match at the San Jose Earthquakes. “Access SportsNet: Galaxy” will air 60 minutes prior to kickoff as well as after the game, giving fans in-depth analysis, highlights and more.

Other Lakers programming on Time Warner Cable SportsNet will include classic Lakers games, “Encore+” and “Lakers Compacto.” A collection of classic Lakers games that span the history of the storied franchise will air on the network and “Encore+” will be re-telecasts of this season’s Lakers games enhanced with social media interaction. “Lakers Compacto” will consist of Lakers games condensed into a fast-paced, one-hour format. It will feature added sights, sounds, reaction and commentary that weren’t part of the original game telecast.  This concept is shared by Time Warner Cable SportsNet and its sister network Time Warner Cable Deportes.

Additional Lakers-related Time Warner Cable SportsNet programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes can be found in HD on channel 403 and 481, respectively, on Time Warner Cable systems. Negotiations with other providers to carry the networks are ongoing but have not yet concluded. For more information about Time Warner Cable SportsNet, visit www.twcsportsnet.com; to find out if your provider will be carrying the networks starting October 1, visit www.iwantmylakers.com.

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.

 

New Time Warner Cable SportsNet to air Mountain West games

Time Warner Cable’s new sports network, Time Warner Cable SportsNet, will be the home for San Diego State, UNLV and Fresno State football and basketball games this season.

The network launches Oct. 1 and will broadcast live 12 Mountain West Conference football games and at least 24 Mountain West basketball games in 2012-13. Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s college football schedule begins with Fresno State at Colorado State on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet also is the home for the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy, LA Sparks and CIF high school action.

Time Warner Cable should announce in the next couple of weeks on what tier of service its new networks will air.

The schedule of live Mountain West Conference football games that will air on Time Warner Cable SportsNet is as follows:

 

Date

Time (PST)

Game

Saturday, October 6

4:00 p.m.

Fresno State @ Colorado State

Saturday, October 13

12:00 p.m.

Nevada @ UNLV

Saturday, October 13

3:30 p.m.

Colorado State @ San Diego State

Saturday, October 20

7:30 p.m.

Wyoming @ Fresno State

Saturday, October 27

12:30 p.m.

Fresno State @ New Mexico

Saturday, October 27

5:00 p.m.

UNLV @ San Diego State

Saturday, November 3

1:00 p.m.

New Mexico @ UNLV

Saturday, November 3

4:00 p.m.

Hawaii @ Fresno State

Saturday, November 10

4:00 p.m.

UNLV @ Colorado State

Saturday, November 17

1:00 p.m.

Wyoming @ UNLV

Saturday, November 24

12:30 p.m.

San Diego State @ Wyoming

Saturday, December 1

8:00 p.m.

South Alabama @ Hawaii

* Subject to change

Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s college basketball schedule featuring San Diego State and UNLV will be announced closer to the start of the season.

 

Time Warner Cable Deportes announces on-air talent

Time Warner Cable Deportes (also known as the new Lakers Spanish network) has announced that veteran sports personalities Ricardo Celis, Martin “El Pulpo” Zúñiga, Elmur Souza, Enrique Gutierrez and Hipolito Gamboa will join the nation’s first Spanish-language regional sports network.

Time Warner Cable Deportes launches in Southern California and surrounding areas on Oct. 1. Time Warner Cable Deportes will air all local Lakers and Galaxy games entirely in Spanish.

Time Warner Cable is also launching an English sports channel on Oct. 1 called Time Warner Cable Sportsnet. It will broadcast the Lakers, Galaxy and Sparks as well.

Here’s the complete release from Time Warner Cable:

Time Warner Cable DEPORTES ANNOUNCES ON-AIR TALENT

Veteran Spanish-language personalities join network, which launches October 1

 

Time Warner Cable Deportes announced its first group of on-air talent hires. Mark Shuken, Senior Vice President and General Manager, TWC Sports Regional Networks, made the announcement along with Pablo F. Urquiza, Vice President, Time Warner Cable Deportes. Veteran sports personalities Ricardo Celis, Martin “El Pulpo” Zúñiga, Elmur Souza, Enrique Gutierrez and Hipolito Gamboa will join the nation’s first Spanish-language regional sports network, which launches in Southern California and surrounding areas on October 1. Together, the group boasts more than 70 years of on-air sports experience.

“The talent we’ve assembled to help us launch the first-ever Spanish-language regional sports network will give our viewers exactly what they want – credible and authentic insight paired with more access to their teams than they’ve ever had before,” said Shuken. “We’re excited to have this distinguished group of veteran announcers join us at Time Warner Cable Deportes.”

“We’ve worked hard to assemble an on-air team specifically for the Hispanic Southern California sports fan,” said Urquiza. “We feel that Ricardo Celis, Martin Zúñiga, Elmur Souza, Enrique Gutierrez and Hipolito Gamboa are the right fit to connect with our viewers and convey the passion that our fans have for Southern California sports.”

Celis joins Time Warner Cable Deportes as a sports anchor. With more than 20 years of experience in the sports television industry, the Emmy Award-winning reporter has covered every major sporting event in the world including the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Super Bowl and numerous World Boxing Matches. Most recently, he served as the Sports Director and Anchor for GLR Networks and Radio Grupo Prisa. Celis also spent 12 years at Telefutura calling boxing play-by-play and before that four at HBO Latinoámerica in the same role. He also was a news and sports anchor for the Telemundo Network from 1994-1998 and for the Telemundo Los Angeles affiliate KVEA-TV from 1990-1992. Celis is originally from Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

“Our team will be great because it is not just about who our audience will see on-air, but about an entire group of very capable producers, editors and cameramen that will help make our programming something historic in Spanish-language television,” said Celis. “My excitement to be joining Time Warner Cable Deportes goes beyond what it means for my individual career because I know the high-caliber team I will be working with.”

Zúñiga joins Time Warner Cable Deportes as the network’s main soccer analyst. Nicknamed “El Pulpo” or “The Octopus” for his prowess as a goalie, he spent 14 years as a professional soccer player in Mexico and the United States. “El Pulpo” won a Mexican League Championship with Chivas de Guadalajara in 1997, was a goalie for the Mexican National Team and concluded his playing career with Club Deportivo Chivas USA. Zúñiga has called soccer games around the world for Major League Soccer, Fox Deportes, KWHY-TV’s “Mundo Deportivo Polémico” and Azteca America including the UEFA Champions League, Copa Libertadores and Italy’s Serie A. He is originally from Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

“It’s an honor to be one of the first faces of this historic new network as we bring Spanish-speaking sports fans the access they’ve never had before,” said Zúñiga. “I believe that Time Warner Cable Deportes will quickly become the go-to sports destination for Latinos in Los Angeles as it connects with its audience on a deeper level.”

Souza will serve as a studio host for Time Warner Cable Deportes alongside Zúñiga. Souza, who is originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, has spent the past seven years working for CNN México, Megacanal, Fox Sports, ESPN Deportes Radio, KWHY-TV’s “Mundo Deportivo Polémico,” Televisa and other Mexican media outlets.

Gutierrez comes to Time Warner Cable Deportes as the network’s Senior Producer/Special Correspondent after eight years at Univision’s flagship station KMEX-TV as the anchor, producer and writer for the program “Accion Deportiva.” He has covered sports for more than a decade, reporting on events in Los Angeles, Mexico and Europe.

Gamboa is Time Warner Cable Deportes’ new Executive Editor of Content and will also have an on-camera role as a sports analyst. He has more than 20 years of experience producing and reporting on sports in the United States and Mexico, most recently calling play-by-play for Club Deportivo Chivas USA games. He has also worked for KWHY-TV in Los Angeles, Univision Radio KTNQ Los Angeles, Fox Sports en Espanol, Telemundo’s KVEA-TV in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Recognizing the importance of Hispanic consumers in Southern California, Time Warner Cable Sports is launching Time Warner Cable Deportes, the nation’s first Spanish-language regional sports network.  Time Warner Cable Deportes will air all local Lakers and Galaxy games entirely in Spanish and will feature its own production team, a distinct graphics package and a different look than its English-language sister station, Time Warner Cable SportsNet.  Non-game programming on Time Warner Cable Deportes will include daily local sports news, a daily soccer news show and coverage of other sports including boxing and lucha libre. All Time Warner Cable Deportes programming will be produced specifically for the Spanish-speaking fan and with the in-depth access those fans deserve.

Celis, Zúñiga, Souza, Gutierrez and Gamboa join Adrian Garcia Marquez and Francisco Pinto, the Lakers announcers who will call games on Time Warner Cable Deportes. This group will be present at Time Warner Cable Deportes community appearances throughout the summer, including a series of basketball and soccer clinics in conjunction with Time Warner Cable Sports’ team partners.