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Spectrum Sports (abbreviated as SPECTSN), also known under the corporate names Spectrum Networks, or Charter Sports Regional Networks, is the collective name for a group of regional sports networks in the United States that are primarily owned and operated by Charter Communications through its acquisition of Time Warner Cable in May 2016. Charter also operates two other channels under the alternative name Spectrum SportsNet. The channels previously were branded as either Time Warner Cable Sports Channel or Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
|Owned by||Charter Communications|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Spectrum||Available on other Spectrum systems in each channel's respective markets|
|Live Stream||Live Stream(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from participating providers to stream content; some events may not be available due to league rights restrictions)|
Each of the networks carry regional broadcasts of sporting events from various professional, collegiate and high school sports teams (with broadcasts typically exclusive to each individual network, although some are shown on more than one SS network within a particular team's designated market area), along with regional and national sports discussion, documentary and analysis programs.
Depending on their individual team rights, some SS outlets maintain overflow feeds available via digital cable channels in their home markets, which may provide alternate programming when not used to carry game broadcasts that the main feed cannot carry due to scheduling conflicts. SS's business operations are based in New York City, New York and Los Angeles, California.
Time Warner Cable (TWC) launched its first regional sports network in Kansas City in 1996. The network then known as Metro Sports featured mostly college and high school games. The second of these networks was formed in 1998 as Central Ohio Sport! Television. That network began as a partnership with Insight Communications which Time Warner would later acquire. Other networks would soon follow under various names. It wasn't until Fall 2013 that TWC decided to unify these channels under one brand, Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. All of these channels were rebranded as Spectrum Sports after TWC was acquired by Charter in 2016. At that time, Bright House Sports Network was also rebranded Spectrum Sports Florida as Charter had acquired Bright House Networks in the same deal as TWC. With the exception of the Kansas City network (which is also carried by Comcast), all of these networks have exclusive carriage on Charter Spectrum systems only.
Time Warner Cable has also partnered with major league sports teams to form regional sports networks. The first of these was SportsNet New York in 2006 of which the New York Mets are the majority owners. In 2012, Time Warner Cable SportsNet (currently Spectrum SportsNet) was formed in a partnership with the Los Angeles Lakers. This was follow by the less successful Time Warner SportsNet LA (currently Spectrum SportsNet LA) as joint-venture with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Since taking over, Charter has shut down most of these networks. In some cases they have been replaced by Spectrum News.
Owned & OperatedEdit
|Channel||Region served||Team/conference broadcast rights||Year launched||Notes|
|Spectrum Sports (Hawaii)||Hawaii||Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine sports
Hawaii High School Athletic Association sports
|Launched as Oceanic Sports|
|Spectrum Sports (Kansas City)||Kansas City metropolitan area,
|Kansas Jayhawks sports
Big 12 Conference sports
Missouri Valley Conference sports
Summit League sports
|1996||Launched as Metro Sports; rebranded as Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in 2013.|
|Channel||Owner||Region served||Team/conference broadcast rights||Year launched||Notes|
|Spectrum SportsNet||Los Angeles Lakers (50%)
Las Vegas Valley,
|Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Los Angeles Chargers (NFL)
|Spectrum SportsNet LA
Spectrum Deportes LA
|Guggenheim Baseball Management (50%)
|Greater Los Angeles Area,
San Joaquin Valley
Las Vegas Valley,
|Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB)||2014||Only regional sports network with separate Spanish feed. Network is also available on AT&T TV, U-verse, and DirecTV but currently not available on DISH and other cable systems.|
|SportsNet New York||New York Mets (65%)
NBC Sports Group (8%)
|New York Metropolitan Area
Upstate New York
|New York Mets (MLB)
New York Jets (NFL) (team related programming)