Charter Signs Up For Time Warner Cable's 'Kobe' Nets

First Non-Affiliated Distributor To Break Ice With L.A.-Based TWC Sportsnet Duo

Charter has signed a deal to distribute Time Warner SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes in communities Charter serves in Southern California, the companies said in a release. The new networks are the local TV homes for Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers, soccer team LA Galaxy and WNBA Los Angeles Sparks games, and thus far only Time Warner Cable had signed up to carry them.

Major distributors in the region yet to ink pacts include satellite carriers DirecTV and Dish Network and Cox Communications.

Here's more from the release: Charter is making technical preparations, targeting launch on or before October 31, the date for the first regular-season Lakers telecast on the new networks. Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes will be available in Southern California communities served by Charter in both standard and high definition. Time Warner Cable SportsNet will be available in SD on channel 215 and in HD on channel 787; and Time Warner Cable Deportes will be available on SD channel 216 and HD channel 788. Charter customers can call 1-855-85-SWITCH (1-855-857-9482) for more information.

“Charter is committed to bring programming to our customers that mirror their interests,” Allan Singer, Charter’s senior vice president of programming, said in the release. “We are proud of Charter’s robust selection of sports programming. Charter is the first provider of this brand new programming in our service areas, and we know that the addition of these networks especially pleases our customers in Southern California.”

“Southern California sports are important to our partners at Charter and we’re excited to work with them to bring Lakers, Galaxy and Sparks games and programming to their customers and our viewers,” Dan Finnerty, SVP, Time Warner Cable Sports, said in the release. “Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes will help bring Charter customers closer to their teams than they have ever been before.”