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Cable TV Numbers

If you weren’t looking closely at the sports section this week, you may have missed news about the Lakers’ recent decision to move future Lakers games to Time Warner Cable ahead of current providers Fox Sports Net and KCAL Channel 9. The stunning news for most is that the deal, starting in the 2012-2013 season, will run for 20 years and will prevent Lakers fans without access to pay TV from watching at least some games on television. (And Mark Heisler repeats rumors that the Lakers’ haul from this deal may top $3 billion!) Since I don’t have cable TV, I’ve been left wanting with the increased migration of sports events from free TV to the schedules of cable TV giants such as Fox and ESPN, but it’s tough to register too much indignation at this point, when the writing has been on the wall for several years. I’m running out of reasons to even own a TV at this point.

However, one interesting point to emerge from a reaction piece from plodding Bill Plaschke is about the number of homes without cable TV in the city.

But did you know that about 620,000 homes in this area do not have a pay-TV service? Based on the 2000 U.S. census average of 2.59 people per household, that’s roughly 1.6 million people, or a city roughly the size of Phoenix

That’s significantly different from previous estimates I’ve heard from friends, no doubt parroted from cable industry sources, that describe cable subscription as close to 100 percent.

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