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HBO and Showtime streaming services won't pass savings on to viewers

There's only one reason most pay-TV viewers in Southern California aren't watching Dodgers games: They're too expensive. Time Warner Cable, which has exclusive distribution rights for the games, wants other pay-TV companies to charge subscribers as much as $5 a month for its Dodgers channel. Providers such as DirecTV and AT&T, which would receive about a third of that amount, say $5 is too pricey for their customers. But what if you could cut out the middle man and get the Dodgers channel streamed directly to your home via the Internet? Wouldn't that bring the monthly cost down to a more reasonable $3? Probably not. And this illustrates a key problem for...