If you live in the Los Angeles market, you’re familiar with how difficult it is to catch a Dodger game on TV without a Sportsnet LA subscription.
For ten glorious days, Spectrum and Tribune-owned KTLA have agreed to show 10 Dodger games on the Los Angeles CW affiliate.
Spectrum SportsNet LA will simulcast ten games during the first five weeks of the season starting with the one against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, April 5 starting at 6:30 pm.
KTLA will also air SportsNet LA’s pregame show, Access SportsNet before the Padres game on the first game against the Padres, The April 18 game against the Rockies, the May 3 game against the Giants and the May 7 Padres game. KTLA will also air the live pregame ‘Vin Scully Ring of Honor Ceremony’ in its entirety on Wednesday, May 3 starting at 6 pm PT.
Viewers can only watch SportsNet LA and Dodger games on Charter’s Spectrum service.
The announcement comes as the Dodgers’ television blackout heads into its fourth season, according to the L.A. Times.
Dodgers games are broadcast on SportsNet LA, which is owned by the team. Several years ago, the Dodgers granted Time Warner Cable the station’s exclusive marketing rights for $8.35 billion over 25 years.
After the deal, Time Warner Cable was unable to reach an agreement with Direct TV or any other local cable and satellite providers to air the channel; Charter Communications — which bought Time Warner Cable last year — has been equally unsuccessful in its efforts, meaning a majority of fans have been unable to watch Dodgers games, the newspaper reported.
Dodgers Games Simulcast on Spectrum SportsNet LA and KTLA:
Wednesday, April 5/6:30pm/San Diego Padres
Sunday, April 9/12:00pm/at Colorado Rockies
Wednesday, April 12/5:00pm/at Chicago Cubs
Sunday, April 16/1:00pm/Arizona Diamondbacks
Tuesday, April 18/6:30pm/Colorado Rockies
Wednesday, April 19/7:00pm/Colorado Rockies
Sunday, April 23/1:00pm/Arizona Diamondbacks
Sunday April 30/1:00pm/Philadelphia Phillies
Wednesday May 3/6:00pm/San Francisco Giants
Sunday, May 7/1:00pm/at San Diego Padres
*times listed represent when coverage begins on KTLA.