UPDATE, 1:55 PM: Lakers fans in LA can officially rejoice (unless you have Dish Network, that is): DirecTV will launch Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes today for all Southern California customers, it said in a just-issued release (see it below the original story). Time Warner Cable SportsNet will be available for on channel 691 throughout Southern California (Los Angeles, San Diego, Bakersfield and parts of Fresno) as well as Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Las Vegas and Hawaii. Time Warner Cable Deportes will be available on channel 458.

PREVIOUS: 11:52 AM: We’re hearing an official announcement is coming soon that will say the satellite provider has agreed to a deal to carry the LA Lakers’ new broadcast home on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and its Spanish-language sibling Time Warner Cable Deportes. The companies have been in negotiations, but DirecTV like others had been balking at a reported $3.95-per-sub-per-month asking price for the new regional sports networks. The Lakers’ 20-year deal with the TWC properties kicked off on Halloween, but DirecTV customers haven’t seen them play yet. If a deal was reached, it means Dish Network is the only holdout among Southern California providers. Stay tuned.

Related: DirecTV CEO Takes On Sports Programming Costs In Lakers Fight: “The Industry Is Broken”

EL SEGUNDO, CA (November 15, 2012) – DIRECTV will launch Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes today for all Southern California customers. These networks are the local TV homes for Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Sparks games, as well as in-depth, dedicated, team-focused programming.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet will be available for DIRECTV customers on channel 691 throughout Southern California (Los Angeles, San Diego, Bakersfield and parts of Fresno) as well as Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Las Vegas and Hawaii. Time Warner Cable Deportes will be available on channel 458.

“DIRECTV is pleased that Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Sparks games and programming will now be seen by so many people whose loyalty remains the life’s blood to each team,” said Dan York, chief content officer. “We appreciate our customers’ patience and are happy to have arrived at an outcome that benefits everyone involved. We know that our customers will enjoy the great programming of these three franchises for many years to come.”

“Our partners at DIRECTV value Southern California sports as much as we do and we’re thrilled to work with them to bring Lakers, Galaxy and Sparks games and programming to our viewers,” said Dan Finnerty, Senior Vice President, Time Warner Cable Sports. “Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes will help bring DIRECTV customers closer to these teams than they have ever been before.”

Larry Reed
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Hello, Will TWCSportsnet be adding CLOSED CAPTION to its Laker Post Game Show? Would be nice for...
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Great for the Lakers, now to complete the perfect storm we need the Pac 12
shabazz
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Actually the USC-Cal and USC-ASU games were both on Pac-12 network. There might have been more... not...