Comcast is refusing to air commercials that challenge the traditional TV "status quo."
The familiar cable conglomerate, which is the parent company of NBC, has reportedly told Sling TV that it will not run the small start-up's ads on NBC owned and operated stations in major cities across the country.
Sling TV is a new online service providing its users with multiple channels for a much smaller monthly fee.
Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch took aim at Comcast in a video uploaded to YouTube on Friday.
"The ads you are about to watch have been banned by Comcast-owned NBC stations in the markets where we asked them to run them," Lynch said. "All of the other major networks – ABC, CBS, FOX – are running these commercials for us."
The markets Lynch was referring to are San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., according to a blog post on the Sling TV website.
Watch the CEO's message below:
Lynch speculated that the commercials "hit a little too close to home" for Comcast, because they call out tactics that often associated with traditional cable companies, such as price increases, equipment fees and poor quality customer service. Sling TV published the ads it says were banned by Comcast in a blog post right beneath the executive's admonishing video message.
"Comcast has a demonstrated history of shutting down ideas it doesn’t like or understand, predictably to its benefit and at the expense of consumers," the post, written by Lynch, read.
Lynch further pointed to the recent failed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, alleging that the company tried to use the business deal as a way to "thwart" live Internet programming services, like Sling TV.
"This is why we aggressively fought Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable," Lynch explained. "Unfortunately, it appears 'old TV' may grasp at any tactic in attempt to preserve the status quo."
Comcast did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheBlaze.
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