The latest competitor is Spectrum, which launched its TV Essentials streaming service earlier this year. The best part of the service is its shockingly low price, which Spectrum hopes will sway its cord-cutters who are only paying for its internet services. But is its channel selection good enough to convince you?
The new venture ended long-standing broadcast partnerships with KCAL-TV channel 9 , which dating back to its days as KHJ-TV had televised the Lakers' road games since the —78 season ; and with Fox Sports West , which in all of its incarnations had broadcast the team's home games since the —86 season.
The Lakers joined a growing list of NBA franchises that have abandoned over-the-air local telecasts in favor of their games being available exclusively on cable and satellite.
Besides live games, the network also feature a team news magazine program, classic games, profiles of Laker players past and present, and exclusive video-on-demand content that is available both online and on television.
The network will televise all Galaxy matches that are not televised on a national network, and will also broadcast matches involving non-MLS opponents.
Similar to the agreement with the Lakers, the Galaxy also has supplementary programming featured on the networks, including a weekly team magazine, and possible classic matches. KDOC also televised select matches featuring the Galaxy's former stadium-mate and crosstown rival, Chivas USA , until that team was folded after the season.
All other sports programming, with the exception of Sparks basketball games carried on Spectrum SportsNet, is available in Southern Nevada. A bi-weekly all-access half-hour series chronicling the LA Chargers games, players and executives from a behind-the-scenes perspective during the team's season.
Spectrum Deportes also aired Pro Footvolley Tour. For the —13 athletic season, Spectrum SportsNet aired select football and men's basketball games from the Mountain West Conference that were not televised on a national basis; one or both of the teams playing in nearly all of the telecasts that the network aired that season involved the San Diego State Aztecs and the University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels , both universities are in the network's primary service area.
Since the athletic season, Spectrum SportsNet aired select men's basketball games from the West Coast Conference that were not televised on a national basis.