DirecTV, SportsNet Agreement Allows More Fans to Watch Lakers

The agreement allows more fans to watch Lakers, Sparks and Galaxy games carried on the new network

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    File photo: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives in front of the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker during a game on March 6, 2011.

    DirecTV has reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable SportsNet, a move that allows the satellite broadcaster's subscribers to watch Lakers games and other Southern California sports on the new network.

    The Lakers and DirecTV announced the agreement via their Twitter accounts Thursday afternoon. Negotiations are ongoing with Dish Network, according to the Lakers.

    Friday's Lakers game against the Phoenix Suns will be on Channel 691 for DirecTV subscribers, according to DirecTV.

    During the preseason, only Time Warner Cable subscribers could view Lakers games on the network, developed after Time Warner Cable bought the rights to most of the team’s home and away games last year. Time Warner Cable asked carriers to pay up to $3.95 to carry the games.

    AT&T U-Verse, Charter, Verizon Fios and Bright House Networks worked out deals earlier this season with Time Warner Cable to show the games.

    The network also carries LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Sparks games.

    "We appreciate our customers’ patience and are happy to have arrived at an outcome that benefits everyone involved," said Dan York, DirecTV chief content officer, in a statement. "We know that our customers will enjoy the great programming of these three franchises for many years to come.”