Baseball season is still a couple of months away, but
The cable operator has launched a website for SportsNet LA, the new sports network that will be the exclusive home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and is scheduled to debut on Feb. 25.
But you won't find pictures of ace pitcher
"Demand Your Dodgers Now," says the headline across the top of page. Visitors can then send a form letter to their local pay-TV provider that says, "I am writing to request that you add SportsNet LA to your channel lineup immediately. Sincerely, A Loyal Dodgers Fan."
The site also has suggested tweets for fans to send to further pressure pay-TV providers.
Time Warner Cable has yet to start serious talks with area distributors including
The cost to carry the channel is expected to be $4 to $5 per subscriber per month in the first season, with the price going up over the course of the contract.
There will likely be resistance from distributors who are already paying a similar amount to carry the cable operator's SportsNet channel, which is home to the Los Angeles Lakers. And besides the three Time Warner Cable sports networks (the third is a Spanish-language service), there are
Interestingly, although the official name of the new channel is SportsNet LA, it is called the Dodgers Network on the web page.