The issue involves DISH Network’s Slingbox enabled setup. Using the Slingbox device, DISH Network subscribers can access their DISH Network service from pretty much anywhere, including mobile and Internet devices. Discovery contests that DISH does not have their permission to send its content over the Internet.
The article claims Discovery is “considering the implications of the Dish technology and the appropriate manner to resolve those implications.”
The big question is, “Why?” From the outside looking in it would appear that DISH Network was not simply sharing the Discovery content freely over the Internet. The shows were only available to DISH Network satellite TV subscribers just as it is if those same subscribers were watching TV in their living rooms.
If you took a look at the year in Review for cable and satellite TV, this kind of action is nothing new. Content providers and rebroadcasters have been at each other’s throats all year and there is no end in sight. Look for more of the same in the year to come.