The ongoing battle between Dish Network satellite TV and Fox Networks seems to be getting uglier and uglier. As an outsider looking in, Dish Network’s “stop bullying the little guy” image seems to be legit and Fox Networks isn’t helping overcome that image. In fact, they seem to be proving Dish Network’s point, over and over again.
As noticed last week, Fox is puling no punches with its dump Dish Network web site, GetWhatIPaidFor.com. The site specifically asks Dish Network customers to find new satellite or cable TV providers.
Today, the Sky Report has noted another “strong arm” tactic from Fox. The report claims that “FOX has apparently muscled the NBA and the NHL into backing its position. Note, for example, this statement from an article on the NHL LA Kingswebsite: ’If DISH refuses to reach a fair agreement with Fox soon, there’s a good chance DISH customers will miss the Kings’ entire schedule of games on FOX Sports West … As you can imagine, DISH’s competitors are ready, willing and able to make great offers to DISH customers that don’t want to miss their Kings games.’ With sharp elbows flying, the piece goes on to list those competitors. ”
Sure, consumers want to watch their favorite teams, but should those teams be joining in the fight between a network and a satellite TV provider? Did Fox ask them to voice an opinion? Regardless, the Kings seem to be overstepping their boundaries there.