Hometown provides a personalized subscription service that allows our members to access local sports, news, movies and TV shows ("Hometown content") streamed over the Internet to certain Internet-connected TV's, computers and other devices ("Hometown ready devices").
YOU AGREE TO THE ARBITRATION AGREEMENT AND CLASS ACTION WAIVER DESCRIBED IN SECTION 7 TO RESOLVE ANY DISPUTES WITH HOMETOWN (EXCEPT FOR MATTERS THAT MAY BE TAKEN TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT).
1.1. Your Hometown Subscription will continue month-to-month and automatically renew until terminated. To use the Hometown service you must have Internet access and a Hometown ready device and provide us with one or more Payment Methods. "Payment Method" means a current, valid, accepted method of payment, as may be updated from time to time and which may include payment through your account with a third party. You must cancel your Subscription before it renews each month in order to avoid billing of the next month's Subscription fees to your Payment Method (see "Cancellation" below).
1.2. Hometownspecial loyalty planfor memberswho continue their Hometown services for over one (1) yearwill receive a one ($1) dollar reduction in their monthly Subscription bill. Members who continue their Hometown services for second yearwill receive another one ($1) dollar reduction in their monthly Subscription bill and their bill will never increase in price as long as they continue their Subscription.You can find specific details regarding your Hometown Subscription by visiting our website and clicking on the "Account" link.
2. Billing and Cancellation
2.1. Billing Cycle. The Subscription fee for the Hometown service any other charges you may incur in connection with your use of the service, such as taxes and possible transaction fees, will be charged on a monthly basis to your Payment Method on the calendar day corresponding to the commencement of the paying portion of your Subscription until your Subscription is cancelled. Subscription fees are fully earned upon payment. In some cases your payment date may change, for example if your Payment Method has not successfully settled or if your paid Subscription began on a day not contained in a given month. Visit our website and click on the "Billing details" link on the "Account" page to see your next payment date. We may authorize your Payment Method in anticipation of Subscription or service-related charges through various methods, including authorizing it up to approximately one month of service as soon as you register. In some instances, your available balance or credit limit may be reduced to reflect the authorization during your free trial period.
2.2. Payment Methods. To use the Hometown service you must provide one or more Payment Methods. You can update your Payment Methods by going to the "Account" page. We may also update your Payment Methods using information provided by the payment service providers. Following any update, you authorize us to continue to charge the applicable Payment Method(s). You authorize us to charge any Payment Method associated to your account in case your primary Payment Method is declined or no longer available to us for payment of your subscription fee. You remain responsible for any uncollected amounts. If a payment is not successfully settled, due to expiration, insufficient funds, or otherwise, and you do not cancel your account, we may suspend your access to the service until we have successfully charged a valid Payment Method. For some Payment Methods, the issuer may charge you certain fees, such as foreign transaction fees or other fees relating to the processing of your Payment Method. Check with your Payment Method service provider for details.
2.3. Cancellation. You can cancel your Hometown Subscription at any time, and you will continue to have access to the Hometown service through the end of your monthly billing period. We do not provide refunds or credits for any partial-month Subscription periods or unwatched Hometown content. To cancel, go to the "Account" page on our website and follow the instructions for cancellation. If you cancel your Subscription, your account will automatically close at the end of your current billing period. To see when your account will close, click "Billing details" on the "Account" page. If you signed up for Hometown using your account with a third party as a Payment Method and wish to cancel your Hometown Subscription, you may need to do so through that third party, for example by visiting your account with the applicable third party and turning off auto-renew, or unsubscribing from the Hometown service through that third party. You may also find billing information about your Hometown Subscription by visiting your account with the applicable third party.
2.5. No Refunds. Payments are nonrefundable and there are no refunds or credits for partially used periods. Following any cancellation, however, you will continue to have access to the service through the end of your current billing period. At any time, and for any reason, we may provide a refund, discount, or other consideration to some or all of our members ("credits"). The amount and form of such credits, and the decision to provide them, are at our sole and absolute discretion. The provision of credits in one instance does not entitle you to credits in the future for similar instances, nor does it obligate us to provide credits in the future, under any circumstance.
3. Hometown Service
3.2. The Hometown service and any content viewed through our service are for your personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household. During your Hometown Subscription, we grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable right to access the Hometown service and view Hometown content through the service. Except for the foregoing, no right, title or interest shall be transferred to you. You agree not to use the service for public performances.
3.3. You may view Hometown content primarily within the country in which you have established your account and only in geographic locations where we offer our service and have licensed such content. The content that may be available to watch will vary by geographic location and will change from time to time. The number of devices on which you may simultaneously watch depends on your chosen subscription plan and is specified on the "Account" page.
3.4. The Hometown service, including the content library, is regularly updated. In addition, we continually test various aspects of our service, including but not limited to our website, user interfaces, promotional features and availability of Hometown content. You can at any time opt-out of tests by visiting the "Account" page and changing the "Test participation" settings.
3.6. The quality of the display of the Hometown content may vary from device to device, and may be affected by a variety of factors, such as your location, the bandwidth available through and/or speed of your Internet connection. HD, Ultra HD and HDR availability is subject to your Internet service and device capabilities. Not all content is available in all formats, such as HD, Ultra HD or HDR and not all plans allow you to receive content in all formats. Default playback settings on cellular networks exclude HD, Ultra HD and HDR content. The minimum connection speed for SD quality is 0.5 Mbps; however, we recommend a faster connection for improved video quality. A download speed of at least 5.0 Mbps per stream is recommended to receive HD content (defined as a resolution of 720p or higher). A download speed of at least 25.0 Mbps per stream is recommended to receive Ultra HD (defined as a resolution of 1080p or higher) and HDR content. You are responsible for all Internet access charges. Please check with your Internet provider for information on possible Internet data usage charges. Hometown makes no representations or warranties about the quality of your watching experience on your display. The time it takes to begin watching Hometown content show will vary based on a number of factors, including your location, available bandwidth at the time, the Hometown content you have selected and the configuration of your Hometown ready device.
3.7. Hometown software may solely be used for authorized streaming and viewing of content from Hometown through Hometown ready devices. This software may vary by device and medium, and functionalities may also differ between devices. By using our service, you agree to receive, without further notice or prompting, updated versions of the Hometown and related third-party software. If you do not accept the foregoing terms, do not use our service.
3.8. By using our service, you agree to look solely to the entity that manufactured and/or sold you the Hometown ready device for any issues related to the device and its compatibility with the Hometown service. We do not take responsibility or otherwise warrant the performance of Hometown ready devices, including the continued compatibility with our service. If your Hometown ready device is sold, lost or stolen, please deactivate the Hometown ready device. If you fail to log out or deactivate your device, subsequent users may access the Hometown service through your account and may be able to access certain of your account information. To deactivate a device, follow instructions on the "Account" page of our website.
4. Passwords and Account Access.
4.1. The member who created the Hometown account and whose Payment Method is charged (the "Account Owner") has access and control over the Hometown account and the Hometown ready devices that are used to access our service and is responsible for any activity that occurs through the Hometown account. To maintain control over the account and prevent anyone from accessing the account (which could include information on viewing history for the account), the Account Owner should maintain control over the Hometown ready devices that are used to access the service and not reveal the password or details of the Payment Method associated to the account to anyone. You are responsible for updating and maintaining the accuracy of the information you provide to us relating to your account. We can terminate your account or place your account on hold in order to protect you, Hometown or our partners from identity theft or other fraudulent activity. Hometown is not obligated to credit or discount a Subscription for holds placed on the account by either a representative of Hometown or by the automated processes of Hometown.
5. Disclaimers of Warranties and Limitations on Liability
5.1. THE HOMETOWN SERVICE AND ALL CONTENT AND SOFTWARE ASSOCIATED THEREWITH, OR ANY OTHER FEATURES OR FUNCTIONALITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE HOMETOWN SERVICE, ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITH ALL FAULTS AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. HOMETOWN DOES NOT GUARANTEE, REPRESENT, OR WARRANT THAT YOUR USE OF THE HOMETOWN SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. HOMETOWN SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR THE USE OF APPLICATIONS, HOMETOWN READY DEVICES, AND HOMETOWN SOFTWARE (INCLUDING THEIR CONTINUING COMPATIBILITY WITH OUR SERVICE).
5.2. TO THE EXTENT PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAWS, IN NO EVENT SHALL HOMETOWN, OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES OR ANY OF THEIR SHAREHOLDERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE (JOINTLY OR SEVERALLY) TO YOU FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER.
5.3. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF DAMAGES. THEREFORE, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
6. Arbitration Agreement
6.2. If you elect to seek arbitration or file a small claim court action, you must first send to Hometown, by certified mail, a written Notice of your claim ("Notice"). The Notice to Hometown must be addressed to: General Counsel, Hometown - Image Pictures, LLC 114 Jefferson St Tomah, WI 54660 ("Notice Address"). If Hometown initiates arbitration, it will send a written Notice to the email address used for your Subscription account. A Notice, whether sent by you or by Hometown, must (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and (b) set forth the specific relief sought ("Demand"). If Hometown and you do not reach an agreement to resolve the claim within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or Hometown may commence an arbitration proceeding or file a claim in small claims court.
6.3. You may download or copy a form Notice and a form to initiate arbitration at www.adr.org. If you are required to pay a filing fee, after Hometown receives notice at the Notice Address that you have commenced arbitration, Hometown will reimburse you for your payment of the filing fee, unless your claim is for greater than US$10,000, in which event you will be responsible for filing fees.
6.4. The arbitration will be governed by the Commercial Arbitration Rules (the "AAA Rules") of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), as modified by this Agreement, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and Forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879, or by writing to the Notice Address. The arbitrator is bound by the terms of this Agreement. All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, including issues relating to the scope and enforceability of this arbitration agreement. Unless Hometown and you agree otherwise, any arbitration hearings will take place in the county (or parish) of your residence. The arbitrator's award shall be final and binding on all parties, except (1) for judicial review expressly permitted by law or (2) if the arbitrator's award includes an award of injunctive relief against a party, in which case that party shall have the right to seek judicial review of the injunctive relief in a court of competent jurisdiction that shall not be bound by the arbitrator's application or conclusions of law.
6.5. If your claim is for US$10,000 or less, we agree that you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. If your claim exceeds US$10,000, the right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision explaining the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based. If the arbitrator issues you an award that is greater than the value of Hometown's last written settlement offer made before an arbitrator was selected (or if Hometown did not make a settlement offer before an arbitrator was selected), then Hometown will pay you the amount of the award or US$5,000, whichever is greater. Except as expressly set forth herein, the payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA Rules.
6.6. YOU AND HOMETOWN AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and Hometown agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims with your claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. If this specific provision is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this arbitration provision shall be null and void.
7.2. Unsolicited Materials. Hometown does not accept unsolicited materials or ideas for Hometown content, and is not responsible for the similarity of any of its content or programming in any media to materials or ideas transmitted to Hometown. Should you send any unsolicited materials or ideas, you do so with the understanding that no additional consideration of any sort will be provided to you, and you are waiving any claim against Hometown and its affiliates regarding the use of such materials and ideas, even if material or an idea is used that is substantially similar to the material or idea you sent.
7.3. Feedback. Hometown is free to use any comments, information, ideas, concepts, reviews, or techniques or any other material contained in any communication you may send to us ("Feedback"), including responses to questionnaires or through postings to the Hometown service, including the Hometown website and user interfaces, worldwide and in perpetuity without further compensation, acknowledgement or payment to you for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products and creating, modifying or improving the Hometown service. In addition, you agree not to enforce any "moral rights" in and to the Feedback, to the extent permitted by applicable law.
7.7. Communication Preferences. We will send you information relating to your account (e.g. payment authorizations, invoices, changes in password or Payment Method, confirmation messages, notices) in electronic form only, for example via emails to your email address provided during registration. You agree that any notices, agreements, disclosures or other communications that we send to you electronically will satisfy any legal communication requirements, including that such communications be in writing.