In a recent FCC filing from Dish Network, the parent company of Sling TV, they complain that Charter is aggressively trying to prevent content owners from working with Sling TV.
“Charter’s laser-like focus on Sling TV shows that it views Sling TV as a serious competitive threat rather than a benign interest,” reads Dish’s filing with the FCC. The filing makes references to “thinly veiled complaints to programmers” about making their programming available to Sling TV and other OTT providers.
“It also shows that Charter does not believe its broadband Internet customers are more important than its video subscribers; instead, Charter is focused on protecting its video subscriber base rather than enhancing the broadband Internet experience for its subscribers.”
This is not the first time cable companies have fought back against Sling TV. In the fall of 2015 Comcast refused to air Sling TVs ads on their NBC-owned stations. (Comcast is the parent company of NBC.)
Sling TV seems to have struck a cord with Americans and struck fear into cable TV providers. Instead of trying to offer a competing service, some cable TV providers have decided to do all they can to prevent Sling TV from becoming more popular or from getting more content.