DirecTV enters deal with Time Warner Cable to air Lakers games

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DirecTV customers will now be able to watch Lakers games at home, beginning with Friday night's contest against Phoenix.

Time Warner Cable, which owns the rights to most Lakers games, said Thursday it has struck a deal with the satellite service to carry two new sports channels that also air LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Sparks games.

“We appreciate our customer’s patience and are happy to have arrived at an outcome that benefits everyone involved,” said Dan York, DirecTV’s chief content officer in a statement.

DirecTV has more than 1.2 million customers in Southern California. Among the happiest customers are the restaurant and bar owners at LA Live. Those establishments are wired for DirectTV but have been unable to show Lakers games that were taking place at neighboring Staples Center.  

Most DirecTV customers will get to watch Lakers games at no extra charge, except for people subscribed to the company's cheapest package known as the "entertainment package."

Time Warner has now signed deals with most major TV distributors, except the Dish Network. AT&T U-Verse, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS, Cox Communications and Charter Communications are already airing the games.

Time Warner Cable was reportedly asking for nearly $4 per month per customer to get access to its two sports networks. DirecTV declined to comment on whether its deal with Time Warner Cable will cause price increases for its customers in the future.

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