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Report: Liberman takes Comcast carriage dispute to FCC

LibermanBroadcasting Inc., owner of Spanish-language network , filed acarriage complaint against Comcast Corp. with the FCC, Multichannel News reported April 8.

In the complaint, Liberman accused Comcast of the FCC's rules, aswell as the conditions set in its NBCUniversal Media LLC merger by allegedly discriminatingagainst Estrella TV in favor of its own Telemundo (US) and NBC UNIVERSO (US) networks. Additionally,Liberman claimed that Comcast "unlawfully" asked Estrella TV to giveup digital rights.

The complaint comes after the company failed to reach anagreement with Comcast for three TV stations, in Denver, Houston and Salt LakeCity. The stations are KETD Denver, KZIZ Houston and KPNZ Salt Lake City,according to the report.

Comcast, meanwhile, argued in a statement that programcarriage rules do not apply to broadcasters like Liberman. Also, Comcastreportedly claimed that it did not drop Estrella TV, but Liberman pulled thebroadcast stations in three markets, and Comcast continues to carry Estrella TVto about 6 million subscribers across the U.S.

Further, Comcast said Liberman is only trying to seekcarriage and fees from the company that cannot be "justified" on thebasis of Estrella TV's weak performance.