DirecTV Files Complaint With FCC Over “Misleading” Ads By Fox In Carriage Dispute

The carriage dispute between DirecTV and the Fox cable networks has reached the FCC. DirecTV’s EVP Derek Chang today sent a letter to the commission complaining about the message in some of Fox’s recent ads urging DirecTV customers to switch to another satellite/cable provider as they may lose their local Fox station, too. “FOX is using misleading advertising informing DIRECTV customers that ‘soon, in some markets, you may lose your local FOX station,’ even though our retransmission consent agreement does not expire for over two months,” the letter said. The current extension to DirecTV and Fox cable networks’ carriage agreement expires on Monday, and DirecTV last week said that it plans to pull the networks if no deal is reached. The carriage deal for the Fox stations that carry the Fox broadcasting network expires on Dec. 31. Here is the full text of the letter, which does not mention the recent R-rated verbal attack on the company by Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter: (more…)

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