UPDATE, 3:55 PM: “I’m pleased that now all Dodger fans will be able to join the excitement of watching the final regular season games in advance of the playoff race,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said this afternoon about Time Warner Cable’s agreement wtih KDOC to broadcast Dodger games. “The leadership of Representative Cárdenas and Mayor Garcetti kept this issue in the forefront and the FCC will continue to go to bat for consumers in resolving programming disputes. We hope that long-term agreements will be the next step and can be achieved quickly without depriving fans of any regular season games next year.”
PREVIOUS, 12:56 PM: Good news, Dodger fans: Time Warner Cable has struck a deal with local indie station KDOC to broadcast the final six regular-season games as the team closes in on the National League West Division championship.
About 70% of LA market has not been able to watch Dodger games this season — the outfall of an $8B long-term deal the Dodgers struck last year with Time Warner Sports to distribute SportsNet LA. Talks with other distributors went nowhere, and the channel still can’t be seen by customers of DirecTV, Dish Network, Charter Communications, Verizon FiOs and AT&T U-Verse. Coincidentally, KDOC is carried by DirecTV, Dish, Charter, Verizon FiOs and AT&T U-Verse. (And for you cord cutters, there’s always an antenna for KDOC viewing.)
“Big News! LA56 TV will be airing 5 and possibly all 6 of the remaining Los Angeles Dodgers regular season games including the series against the SF Giants and the Colorado Rockies starting next Monday,” KDOC boasted this morning on its Facebook page.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is among those putting the squeeze on TWC to close deals with other providers to carry the channel — so far with little result.
“Right now, we can’t change the fact that other area TV distributors won’t carry the channel, but we don’t want anyone to miss this exciting pennant run,” Dinni Jain, Time Warner Cable’s Chief Operating Officer, said in a statement. “We hope everyone will tune in to KDOC and help us cheer on the Dodgers. We will continue to work on long-term agreements with other providers in the off season.”