The launch of SportsNet LA in February was thought to mark a shift in broadcasting rights for professional sports teams as the Los Angeles Dodgers signed a 25-year, $8.35 billion contract to form their own network.
While SportsNet LA has provided unparalleled access to the team with his gameday programing and behind the scenes through Emmy Award-winning “Backstage: Dodgers,” securing deals with other pay-TV providers has been futile. As a result, fans who can’t opt for Spectrum have either been left in the dark or forced to find other means.
One option for those living outside what’s considered the Dodgers’ television market is a subscription to MLB.TV. For fans in the L.A. market, MLB.TV may still be utilized so long as it’s paired with a VPN service such as Nord, UnBlockUs or Unlocator.
Late last year, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred revealed the league was exploring a streaming option that would not be handicapped by local blackout restrictions. Though, a resolution is not believed to be imminent.
SportsNet LA did reach an agreement to simulcast 10 games this season on KTLA5, beginning with a matchup against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, April 2. Fans are encouraged to switch to Spectrum for 24/7 access to SportsNet LA and the Dodgers.