Future of Video witnesses set


U.S. CongressThe sparks should fly at the 6/27/12 hearing on The Future of Video, based on the witness list released by House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR).

Walden stated, “Since the passage of the 1992 Cable Act there has been a sea change in the way that consumers gain access to video content. The subcommittee will examine how advances in consumer electronics, broadcasting, cable, satellite, the Internet and other platforms are changing how consumers access video content, how those changes are impacted by existing regulations, and what type of regimes should apply going forward.”

The hearing kicks off Wednesday morning at 10AM eastern.

The one and only panelists representing broadcast interests will be Hearst’s David Barrett. Also represented is a digital device company (Roku), and internet program provider Sky Angel, content distributor Netflix, watchdog Public Knowledge, MPAA and NCTA.

Here is the full list of panelists.
* David Barrett, President and CEO, Hearst Television Inc.
* Jim Funk, Vice President, Product Management, Roku
* Robert W. Johnson, CEO, Sky Angel U.S. LLC
* Charlie Ergen, Chairman, DISH Network
* David Hyman, General Counsel, Netflix
* Michael P. O’Leary, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Policy and External Affairs, Motion Picture Association of America
* Gigi B. Sohn, President & CEO, Public Knowledge
* Michael Powell, President and CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association