Photo courtesy of the L.A. Dodgers
Photo courtesy of the L.A. Dodgers

About 300,000 Charter Communications cable customers will be able to watch Dodger telecasts beginning Tuesday, the company announced Thursday.

Charter announced last week it had agreed to purchase Time Warner Cable, which carries the Los Angeles Dodgers’ TV channel, SportsNet LA. Other Southland cable and satellite services have not been carrying the channel, citing its cost, leaving thousands of Dodger fans unable to watch the team’s games.

Charter CEO Tom Rutledge said last week he was committed to offering customers SportsNet LA as soon as possible. He issued a statement today saying the channel would be offered beginning Tuesday.

“The Dodgers are an iconic franchise and part of the fabric of the community,” Rutledge said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We are very excited to be bringing the Dodgers back to Charter customers in the L.A. area.”

According to The Times, SportsNet LA will be offered in standard definition on channel 44, and in high definition on channel 789 for Charter subscribers.

Charter announced May 26 it had agreed to purchase Time Warner Cable in a $56.7-billion deal that would make it the largest pay-TV provider in Southern California. Charter also is planning to purchase Bright House Networks, a smaller cable provider, producing a new company with 23.9 million subscribers in 41 states.

—City News Service

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