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Time Warner Cable adds Pac-12 channels in Los Angeles

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Time Warner Cable, looking for an edge over pay-TV rivals, adds five more Pac-12 channels for L.A. subscribers

Just in time for the college football season, Time Warner Cable is adding five additional Pac-12 television channels to its lineup available to Los Angeles area subscribers.

Time Warner Cable, Dish Network and AT&T U-Verse all currently offer Pac-12 channels that carry UCLA and USC college football games.

This week, Time Warner Cable added five additional Pac-12 network channels to its Sports Pass specialty tier. That brings to seven the number of Pac-12 feeds available to subscibers in the area.

The new channels are regionally focused: Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado/Utah, and Northern California (UC Berkeley and Stanford).

Time Warner Cable already offered two Pac-12 channels in its standard package: a national channel and one focused on the two L.A. college teams.

But the cable operator has been beefing up its sports offerings, and has been looking to tout any advantage it might have over its primary competitor in Los Angeles -- DirecTV.

The satellite TV giant currently does not carry Pac-12 channels.

DirecTV and Time Warner Cable have been stuck in a seven-month stalemate over carriage of the Los Angeles Dodgers television channel. 

Although the Dodgers own the channel SportsNet LA, Time Warner Cable agreed to distribute it. The company has been unable to negotiate carriage agreements with other pay-TV providers in the area, including DirecTV, Dish, Cox Communications and Charter Communications. 

That means about 70% of the Los Angeles television market is unable to regularly see Dodgers games on TV.

DirecTV and others say the price that Time Warner Cable has demanded to carry the Dodgers channel is too high. 

Last month, Time Warner Cable warned Wall Street that a resolution to the SportsNet LA channel standoff might not be reached during the current baseball season.

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