To Switch To Time Warner Or Not To Switch

Sportsnetla made a somewhat successful debut last night, but unfortunately not all Dodger fans were able to see it. As a matter of fact, most were unable to. Unless you are a Time Warner cable customer then you were not able to view the new Dodger channel.

Orel discusses the Dodgers

Orel discusses the Dodgers

In my mind, the debut last night was still a success despite the large amount of fans that couldn’t watch. The program launched with a special introduction from Vin Scully, and then segued into a short interview with him via satellite. Anything that starts with a special introduction from Vin is pretty awesome. Then the station switched to the studio and introduced the new team of analysts. The crew includes former Dodger players Nomar Garciaparra, Jerry Hairston Jr., and former Dodger Cy Young award pitcher and world champion Orel Hershiser. Rounding out the new crew is studio host John Hartung, and field reporter Alana Rizzo.

It wasn’t a perfect launch. There were some technical difficulties, and some confusion over the channel numbers. For instance, if you are in LA county, you’ll get Sportsnet on 249 in standard definition, and 431 in HD. If you are in Ventura county and or the surrounding areas, you’ll have to tune to channels 239, and 231 respectively. The Bakersfield customers can get it on Brighthouse as well. Sportsnetla will televise all 22 exhibition games, and over 150 regular season Dodger games.

The programming was top-notch, and done with a bit of class and sophistication. For once the analysts weren’t cracking jokes, or acting like children. They discussed nothing but the Dodgers. No facial hair talk, no talk about nonsense, no screaming, just Dodger talk. Although Jerry did call Hanley “the anchor” about a dozen times, and you should probably take a drink every time he does because that’s a fun game to play while watching, but otherwise the crew did a good job. There were interviews with Clayton Kershaw, manager Don Mattingly, Magic Johnson, and a very brief interview with our site namesake Tommy Lasorda.

The programming included special behind the scenes looks at spring training and camelback ranch, analysis of the upcoming season, and a look back at the 2013 season. Stacie described the action quite well in her article last night, and you can check it out here.

What I wanted to talk to everyone about today is taking action to ensure you get to see the games. No, I don’t mean filling out online petitions, calling your provider, or complaining on twitter. Many fans took to twitter to vent their frustrations about not having the new Dodger station last night. Believe me I sympathize with their situation, and feel sorry for all that can’t watch the Dodgers, but if you want to watch Dodger games, then you’re probably going to have to switch over to Time Warner cable for the time being.

Look, if it were up to me every Dodger fan would have access to Dodger games. I believe that all Dodger fans should have constant Dodger access no matter where they are or what television provider they have. Here’s the thing though, your cable provider doesn’t care. Sure they may say they do, and may say they’re working on negotiations, but let’s be honest, they could care less. They’re a faceless conglomerate making billions of dollars per year. Do you think they care if innocent Dodger fans can’t watch games? Nope they don’t.

Orel and Magic

Orel and Magic

The thing is, we’ve all known about this for the last year or so. People have had plenty of time to prepare. Every non Time Warner customer should have switched over by now, or found some other way to watch the games. Remember MLB.tv will not work if you are within the LA market. (blackout restrictions apply).

So it’s time to make a choice. Do you want to watch Dodger games this season or not? I am urging all Dodger fans to switch to Time Warner before the regular season starts. Otherwise suffer the consequences of missing the games.

I’ve had my frustrations with Time Warner over the years and have thought about switching to Dish, or DirecTV many times, but I stuck with them. Why did I stick with Time Warner? Well, for one, this is some good Dodger programming, and the second most important reason, I want to be able to watch Dodger games. There is no way in hell I’m missing games ever again. We knew this was coming for over a year.

Don’t just assume that Time Warner will reach an agreement with the other providers before opening day or at all this season. These are multi-million, multi-billion dollar deals that could take, weeks, or months, or even over a year to be finalized. I’ve heard that Dish network still has yet to reach agreement on the new Laker channel. Don’t take the risk.

This is what we’ve been wanting for a long time now. A Dodger station committed to nothing but Dodger coverage 24 hours per day. I now can turn on my TV and watch Complete Dodger coverage at any time of the day or night. At 2 AM while on my couch in my underwear, I can watch Orel and Jerry analyzing the game the day before, and previewing the next afternoon’s game. This is a wonderful thing. This is how it should be.

I guess you have to ask yourself, what’s more important? Saving a few bucks per month, or watching our beloved Dodgers. I will gladly pay a few extra dollars per month to watch Dodger games. It’s worth it in my opinion. I remember the horror of the KCAL blackout last summer, and I never want to be without Dodger access ever again. Nor do I want you to be without Dodger access either.

There’s really no reason not to switch now. I mean, you’ll still be able to watch the bachelorette, and you can still tivo modern family or whatever shows you watch. You’ll still get most of your favorite programs, if not all.

The longer you wait, the more games you will miss. The choice is yours.

Topics: Clayton Kershaw, Don Mattingly, Jerry Hairston Jr., Los Angeles Dodgers, Nomar Garciaparra, Orel Hershiser

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  • denz

    Nope. Already switched back to DirecTV for the Lakers, not switching again. The Dodgers should have planned better to insure that we all get the new channel at the same time. They took the Dodgers off TV and should have done more to bring it back. Very disappointing.

    • LasordasLair

      Well Time Warner has the Laker channel now, don’t remember if they originally did or not.

      • denz

        As I said since I switched back to Directv I can’t just cancel and pay penalties. Plus not a fan of cable and it’s a complete rip off here in my area anyway in OC. Again our new ownership has done some great things for our team, but I feel they really dropped the ball on this one. No pun intended. This is no way to improve the fan experience.

  • Blackspur

    If you don’t live in an area served by Time-Warner, you really have no choice. You can’t just jump to Time-Warner. Stupid.

    • LasordasLair

      Well where are you living? I mean I live in the middle of nowhere and I get it. They service most areas. Just saying who knows when they’ll reach agreement with other providers. May be weeks, months.

      • fugazi71

        Charter, Cox and Comcast service very large portions SoCal. And because of franchising practices, like the OP said, there is no choice in the matter. It’s all up to whoever paid off your local government more to secure the franchise rights.

  • fugazi71

    I’d pay extra for a Dodger network if given that option. The thing is Time Warner turned DirecTV down when the subject was broached. They want $8/month for EVERY subscriber in the LA market whether they watch baseball or not. That’s insane.

    And there’s no way I’m switching to not only one of the worst rated companies on the planet when it comes to customer service, but to 35 year old technology like cable with no future. Should I trade my car in for a horse and buggy too? Maybe ditch my computer for a typewriter? No thanks. Funny thing is this wouldn’t even be an issue if the FOX deal hadn’t been voided. FOX doesn’t run on the “make poor financial decisions and then hold the product hostage until everyone else pays for your mistake” business model like TWC thrives at (hence why they are spiraling out of business and Comcast is picking up the wreckage).