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EchoStar Takes Aim at Extra Innings / DirecTV Deal Print
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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 01 March 2007 10:53

DISH NetworkEchoStar Communications Corporation, who provides satellite television service through DISH Network, today fired salvos at MLB’s proposed deal to make Extra Innings exclusive on DirecTV, a deal that many expect to still occur next week.

As reported by John Ourand and Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal, on Sports Business Daily, EchoStar President & Vice Chair Carl Vogel took shots at the proposed deal:

"We bid, but our bid included sub-distribution rights. We think this is anti-consumer when exclusives are cut after broad distribution on multiple platforms."

He added, "If a customer on any platform has enjoyed that product, it shouldn't be taken away from them. We like a world where content is available to as many sources as possible." Vogel said DirecTV's exclusive hold on the "NFL Sunday Ticket" package is not comparable since it never has appeared on any other system.

 
 
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