Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/12/05 at 06:50 PM ET
Thanks for your e-mail. The VP of Broadcasting from the NHL was here in Dallas tonight at the game and we asked him why certain areas of Dish Network coverage were not getting the Stars game vs. Phoenix on OLN. He informed us that several pockets of Dish Network around the country require that 40% or more of their subscribers sign up for OLN on a tiered format (a premium customers pay to get certain channels) to air their primary content (in this case - the NHL). If the subscriber base is less than 40% do not have OLN, they get "alternate programming." He told us that "OLN is well aware of the problem and they are in negotiations with Dish Network to clear this up so that 100% of their subscribers will get hockey every time it is on OLN." The league is also trying to help push this through so that all households can get OLN without a problem. The league faced a similar problem in 1993 when ESPN2 was launched. It took a couple of weeks to sort things out then and get ESPN2 in more and more homes, and the league tells us that OLN will grow very fast and get in many new households at a rapid pace. The Dallas Stars have expressed our high concern on this matter to the league, OLN and Dish Network. Both OLN and the league have promised us that they will stay on the issue and get it solved ASAP. We will stay on the matter to try and get it solved sooner than later.
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