CBS, Time Warner Cable reach agreement to end blackout. (Update)

CBS and Time Warner Cable have reached a deal that will end the blackout of local Dodgers affiliate KCAL (Channel 9) by 3 p.m. today. KCAL is broadcasting the entire series between the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies, including today’s game in Denver currently in progress.

A spokesperson for KCAL confirmed that the game will be on as soon as the blackout is lifted.

4 p.m. update: Based on reader feedback via Twitter, the blackout was essentially lifted in waves around Southern California. Some TWC customers were indeed watching the game by 3 p.m., late in the fourth inning. That proved to be an important juncture — the Dodgers scored three runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth to erase a 3-2 deficit.

Others had to wait a little longer, missing Clayton Kershaw’s start, the Dodgers’ comeback, and Yasiel Puig’s apparent knee injury:

Here’s the text of a press release issued today by CBS Communications ending the blackout:

CBS Corporation and Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have reached an agreement for carriage of CBS owned stations on Time Warner Cable systems across the country, as well as Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel, it was announced today by representatives for the companies. Programming on all networks will resume at 6:00 PM, ET today.  Though specific terms of the deal are not being disclosed, the agreement includes retransmission consent, as well as Showtime Anytime and VOD, for CBS stations on Time Warner Cable systems in New York (WCBS and WLYW), Los Angeles (KCBS and KCAL) and Dallas (KTVT and KTXA.)

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.