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Dodgers’ new network SportsNet LA debuts Tuesday on Time Warner Cable

February 24th, 2014 | by Matt Solinsky | Comments

Sportsnet LA broadcasters, from left, Nomar Garciaparra and Alanna Rizzo and Orel Hershiser and Charley Steiner and Vin Scully and John Hartung are seen at the 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers preview at Dodger Stadium on Feb. 10. (Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)

Sportsnet LA broadcasters, from left, Nomar Garciaparra and Alanna Rizzo and Orel Hershiser and Charley Steiner and Vin Scully and John Hartung are seen at the 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers preview at Dodger Stadium on Feb. 10. (Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)

Time Warner Cable has announced channel locations for SportsNet LA, the new 24/7 Los Angeles Dodgers television network that launches at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25.

SportsNet LA will be available to Time Warner Cable’s Desert Cities customers with Standard TV service or above in high definition (HD) on channel 631 and in standard definition (SD) on digital channel 69.

The exclusive TV network of the Dodgers will take fans behind-the-scenes of the team and offer in-depth access into the organization, providing thousands of hours of comprehensive Dodger programming.

So far, Time Warner Cable is the only pay-TV provider in the desert that offers SportsNet LA. Deals have not been reached with DirecTV, Dish Network or Verizon FiOS to carry the new network.

The network’s launch nite programming schedule will be led by the live studio show “Access SportsNet: Dodgers,” the inaugural episode of “Backstage: Dodgers,” back-to-back “Connected With …” interview shows featuring Clayton Kershaw and Don Mattingly and a one-hour retrospective special about last season.

The premiere episode of “Access SportsNet: Dodgers,” SportsNet LA’s signature live daily studio show, will be live for 90 minutes starting at 7 p.m. and feature the network’s entire on-air team, including Vin Scully, Charley Steiner, Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra, Jerry Hairston Jr., Alanna Rizzo and John Hartung. Live guests will include Dodger owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda, Manager Don Mattingly and infielder Adrian Gonzalez and the show will kick off with a special introduction by Scully. It will be hosted live from the SportsNet LA studio in Los Angeles, with live guests and contributions from Camelback Ranch – Glendale, and give fans a sneak peek at all of SportsNet LA’s extensive Dodger programming and an introduction to the behind-the-scenes access and expert analysis that SportsNet LA will provide for fans every day, all season long.

Backstage: Dodgers,” the weekly behind-the-scenes documentary series that will give fans true inside access to the team from the first day of Spring Training through the last pitch of the season, will follow at 8:30 p.m. “Backstage: Dodgers” cameras have been embedded with the 2014 Dodgers since day one, following Manager Don Mattingly and the rest of the team since they gathered for the first time at Camelback Ranch – Glendale. The debut episode will take fans to Clayton Kershaw’s home in Texas the day he found out he won the 2013 National League Cy Young Award and inside the Dodger clubhouse and the first few weeks of Spring Training. Starting March 6, new “Backstage: Dodgers” episodes will debut every Thursday and weekly episodes all season long will keep fans updated on of-the-moment Dodger news and happenings, following players, coaches, executives and Dodger legends inside the clubhouse, outside of the stadium and more.

Following “Backstage: Dodgers,” SportsNet LA will air back-to-back original episodes of the network’s signature interview series “Connected With…” At 9 p.m., “Connected With…Clayton Kershaw” will be hosted by Hershiser, as the legendary Dodger and National League Cy Young Award winner sits down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with Kershaw, who just won his second NL Cy Young Award. Next, Hartung will host “Connected With…Don Mattingly” and talk to the Dodger manager about his career, life and the upcoming season.

The hour-long “2013 Dodgers: A Whole New Blue” special will debut at 10 p.m. The program will look back at the Dodgers’ amazing 2013 season with highlights, insightful interviews and never-before-seen footage, including a special look at the streak that made baseball history.

As previously announced, SportsNet LA will televise a Spring Training game live every day, 22 total games including the Dodgers’ three Freeway Series exhibition games against the Angels in Los Angeles and Anaheim. The first spring training game is at 1 p.m. Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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