Preseason contests hit the airwaves this week but Lakers games are only available on TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes, which Time Warner Cable broadcasts in the Los Angeles area.
How long this lasts is unclear.
The games had been broadcast on cable and network TV.
As of Friday afternoon, Time Warner Cable Sports was still discussing broadcast rights with other program providers, but there was no indication if a deal might be reached in time for Saturday's exhibition at home against the Utah Jazz.
"Negotiations with TV providers to carry Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes are ongoing," Time Warner Cable Sports said in a written statement.
"There is a significant demand from Lakers fans for these two networks and we are working very hard to reach agreements with all TV providers in Southern California so that fans can watch the games they love."
Those talks include DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T U-verse, Verizon Fios, Comcast, Charter Communications and Cox Cable. Bright House Networks in Bakersfield has also picked up the SportsNet package.
TWC is asking TV providers to pay $3.95 per subscriber each month for both the SportsNet and Deportes channels, which is among the highest ever charged for a regional sports network.
The stalemate is frustrating for subscribers to Time Warners' competitors, especially sports bars that count on Lakers games to drive revenue.
Arbi Issakhani, owner of the Beer and Wings sports bar in Winnetka, spent Friday working on a sign for the front door to let customers know he's willing to dole out money for Lakers games.
"We're going to have the Lakers if it costs us $1,000 a month. We will pay," he said.
The bar has 24 televisions, including one for every booth. He pays more than $1,000 for DirecTV service and also subscribes to Dish Network, which is the only PAC 12 Network carrier in the area.
He wanted to keep his USC and UCLA customers.
The bar opened seven months ago and the Lakers are important to customers, he said.
"We'll lose a lot" if something can't be worked out, he said. "Last year we were packed for all the Laker games."
On Tuesday night about 20 people walked out of the bar when they found out the Lakers game was not on, Issakhani said.
The broadcast issue is a double whammy for Mike Payne. A lifelong Lakers fan, Payne is taking a hit to the heart and the bottom line.
Payne, the general manager of the TGI Friday's in Woodland Hills, has DirecTV at his Valencia home and in his workplace.
"It's horrible. The Lakers sell out for every game and their tickets are expensive. So how can you be a fan if you can't watch them?" he asked.
The longer the broadcast tussle lasts, the more money the restaurant is losing.
His bar feels the financial impact right at tipoff and can do $500 to $1,000 in sales during the first quarter.
"Right off the bat, we'll get a pop," Payne said. "We have a strong Lakers following here."
Helen Handy, owner of Champs Sports Pub in Burbank, is in a similar pickle.
"I'm really worried about this. I'm going to sit tight and hope they resolve this issue," she said.
She really doesn't have an option because Time Warner Cable doesn't serve Burbank. And she doesn't have Dish Network so she can't broadcast some USC and UCLA games.
"So far we've lost some business for the USC games," she said. "It's probably cost us $1,000 each Saturday."
Until now, all home games were shown on Fox Sports West and away games were broadcast on KCAL (Channel 9).
Time Warner and the Lakers struck the deal about a year ago.
DirecTV and Time Warner Cable are the two biggest pay television providers in Los Angeles.
TWC has about 1.7 million of the 5 million TV homes in Southern California. DirecTV is second with about 1.1 million. In the San Gabriel Valley, the majority of viewers subscribe to Charter Cable.
"We understand how important the Lakers are to L.A. fans and we can assure them that we're actively engaged with Time Warner cable on how best to make the new network available in all our local customers' homes," DirecTV said in a statement.
"Time Warner and DirecTV share a responsibility to make sure both Lakers fans and non-fans avoid any extraordinary increases to their families' monthly bills. We plan to carry TWC SportsNet in a way that is affordable for everyone."
The Lakers' coverage for games goes as far north as Fresno, west to Hawaii, south to the Mexican border (as well as Tijuana) and east to Las Vegas.
These negotiations are expected to reach a conclusion before the first regular season game on Oct. 30, which has the Lakers at home against Dallas but is already set for national coverage by TNT.
The next night, the Lakers are in Portland and that game is exclusive to SportsNet and Deportes. There are 72 games on TWC SportsNet and Deportes during the regular season, with the other nine national broadcasts by ESPN, ABC or TNT. Some of the other ESPN/TWC SportsNet games are dual broadcasts.
Tom Hoffarth contributed to this story.