Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/15/05 at 08:14 AM ET
This can't be what the NHL had in mind when it found a loving TV home: getting caught in the middle of a spat between the Outdoor Life Network and two competitors. OLN is owned by Comcast, which is using the NHL's national TV contract as leverage to move up the priority list on the Dish Network and, in the New York area, Cablevision. OLN showed the season-opening package last week, but Dish and Cablevision customers who tuned in Monday got a fishing show instead, and they're going to continue to get the switcheroo. Dish subscribers receive OLN if they buy the ``top 180 channels'' package, but OLN wants to move into the top 120 or even the top 60. ``They did this without giving any advance notice whatsoever to our customers,'' said Marc Lumpkin, spokesman for EchoStar, which owns Dish Network. ``. . . We're disappointed that they failed to adhere to this contract. We hope to resolve this issue, but we refuse to let our customers be bullied.''
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