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.