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Time Warner Cable sweetens deal again for Dodgers TV channel -- and still no takers

Time Warner Cable sweetens deal again for Dodgers TV channel -- and still no takers

In a last-ditch effort to strike a deal before the start of the new baseball season, Time Warner Cable has once again sweetened an offer to other pay-TV providers in hopes of winning wider carriage for the Dodgers' TV channel in Southern California.

But there still are no takers — increasing the likelihood that Monday will mark the start of a third season without an end to the bitter stalemate over distribution of SportsNet LA, the television channel owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The two-year dispute highlights the changing economics of cable television. Pay-TV operators are determined to hold the line on rising programming costs in...

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