Lakers-centric RSNs Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Spanish-language Time Warner Cable Deportes are set to launch Oct. 1. Along with Lakers, Galaxy and Sparks games, the nets will offer non-event programming like nightly news shows. Here’s TWC Sports pres David Rone on cutting out the middle man in sports rights deals and its hopeful bid for Dodgers’ rights.
 
More top stories in the 5/11/12 issue of CableFAX Daily:
 
·      The FCC Media Bureau has designated an ALJ hearing for GSN’s carriage complaint against Cablevision, which GSN filed in Oct after the MSO moved the net to its Sports & Entertainment tier. More on the ruling and Cablevision taking umbrage with the Commission.
·      DISH’s threat to drop AMC Nets at the end of June dominated Thurs’ 1Q earnings call, with AMCN CEO Josh Sapan acknowledging that it may have a material impact on financial results. Execs also respond to Charlie Ergen’s claims that AMC Nets aren’t watched much by DISH subs.
·      DISH’s Hopper whole-home HD DVR system is now being activated with “Auto Hop,” which lets subs skip all commercials for most recorded HD programs on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC when viewed the day after air. Sanford Bernstein weighs in.

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Comcast is changing up its Latino video packages, nixing its assortment of different plans for a single package called “Xfinity TV Latino.”

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