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Retransmission Consent Complaint | FOX v. Wavevision | April 2012

Retransmission Consent Complaint | FOX v. Wavevision | April 2012

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BeforetheFEDERALCOMMUNICATIONSCOMMISSIONWashington,D.C.
IntheMatterof
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MBDocketNo.CSRNo.etransmissionConsentComplaintAndPetitionofFoxTelevisionHoldings,Inc.To:OfficeoftheSecretaryAttn:MediaBureauRETRANSMISSIONCONSENTCOMPLAINTANDPETITIONFORORDERREQUIRINGTVMAX,INC.TOSHOWCAUSEWHYITSHOULDNOTCEASEANDDESISTFROMVIOLATINGSECTION32S(B)OFTHECOMMUNICATIONSACTFoxTelevisionHoldings,Inc.("FOX"),byandthroughitsundersignedcounsel,herebyfilesthisComplaint,pursuanttoSection76.7oftheCommission'srules,'againstTVMax,Inc.(d/b/aWavevision)("TVMax")forTVMax'scontinuingandwillfulviolationofSection325(b)oftheCommunicationsActof1934(the"Act")andSection76.64oftheCommission'srulea'FOXherebyalsopetitionstheCommissiontoissueanordercompellingTVMaxtoshowcausewhyitshouldnotberequiredtoimmediatelyceaseanddesistfromretransmittingthesignalsoftelevisionbroadcaststationsKTXH(TV)andKRIV(TV),Houston,Texas(the"Stations")inviolationoftheActandtherules.TVMaxdoesnothaveFOX'sconsentorauthorizationtoretransmittheStations,anditisnot(asitclaimstobe)operatingamasterantennatelevisionfacility(norisitotherwiseexemptfromtheretransmissionconsent
See
47C.F.R.
§
76.7
2
See
47U.S.C.§325(b);47C.F.R.§76.64.
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regime).Forallofthesetransgressions,andbecauseTVMaxhasrefusedtonegotiateingoodfaithwithFOXasrequiredbySection76.65oftheCommission's
rules.'
FOXrequeststhattheFCCinitiateaforfeitureproceedingagainstTVMaxpursuanttoSection503oftheActandSection1.80oftherules."
StatementofFacts
FOXistheparentofthelicenseeoftheStations,andTVMaxoperatesoneormorecabletelevisionsystemsintheHouston,TexasDesignatedMarketArea(the"DMA").FOXandTVMaxenteredintothatcertain"FoxTelevisionHoldingsRetransmissionConsentAgreement,"foratermrunningJanuary1,2009throughDecember31,2011(the"Agreement"),which,amongotherthings,providedFOX'sconsenttoTVMax'sretransmissionoftheStationsonTVMaxcablesystemsintheDMA.
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TheAgreementremainedinforcethroughDecember31,2011,atwhichtimeitexpiredinaccordancewithitsterms.FOXdiligentlyandingoodfaithattemptedtonegotiatewithTVMaxpriortoexpirationoftheAgreement."Specifically,inAugust2011,FOXmadeitsinitialphonecallstoTVMaxtobeginconversationsaboutextendingthecontract.iOnSeptember7,2011,FOXsentTVMaxawrittenproposalwithtermsforTVMax'scontinuedcarriageoftheStationsbeyond
3
See
47C.F.R§76.65.
See
47U.S.C.
§
503;47C.F.R.
§
1.80.
5
See
DeclarationofJosephM.DiScipio,VicePresident,FoxTelevisionStations,Inc.(the"DiScipioDeclaration"),attachedheretoasAttachment1.FOXhaselectedretransmissionconsentfortheStationsforthe2012-2014electioncycle.AcopyofFOX'svalidretransmissionconsentelectionforthiscycleisattachedasExhibitAtotheDiScipioDeclaration.
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See
DeclarationofStevenW.Hunt,RegionalVicePresident,AffiliateSalesandMarketing,FoxCableNetworksGroup(the"HuntDeclaration"),attachedheretoasAttachment2.
See
HuntDeclaration.2
 
theendof2011.
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Unfortunately,despiteFOX'srepeatedattemptstocontactTVMaxbytelephone,mailandemail,TVMaxfailedtoprovideanysubstantiveresponse."Infact,inclearviolationoftheCommission'sgoodfaithbargainingrules,'?TVMaxutterlyrefusedtoengageinnegotiations,consistentlyneglectingtoreturnphonecallsand,onseveraloccasions,breakingitspromisesthataresponsetoFOX'sproposalwouldbeforthcoming.StevenHunt,theRegionalVicePresidentforAffiliateSalesandMarketinginchargeofnegotiatingFOX'sretransmissionconsentintheDMA,keptdetailedrecordsofhisattemptstocommunicatewithTVMax.
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GivenhowhardFOXtriedingoodfaithtoresolvethismatterpriortoDecember31,2011,thosedetailsbearnotinghere:Aug.22,2011-Mr.HuntleftavoicemailforRichardGomez,TVMax'sVicePresident,Operations.Aug.25and29,andSept.6,2011-Mr.HuntleftadditionalvoicemailsforMr.Gomez.Sept.7,2011-Mr.Huntsentaletter,accompaniedbyawrittenretransmissionconsentproposal,askingMr.Gomeztocontacthim,Sept.9,2011-Mr.GomezleftavoicemailforMr.Hunt,acknowledgingreceiptofpriormessagesandreceiptofFOX'swrittenproposal.Mr.GomezpromisedthathewouldreviewandcontactFOXthefollowingweek.Sept.14,2011-Mr.HuntleftanothervoicemailforMr.Gomez.Sept.19,2011-Mr.HuntreachedMr.Gomezbyphone;Mr.GomezsaidthathewasnotpreparedtodiscussFOX'sproposal;Mr.Gomezaskedtohaveafurthercalltodiscussat10a.m.onSept.23,2011.
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See
id.
9
Seeid.
10
See
47C.F.R
§
76.65.
II
See
HuntDeclaration.3

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