House panel schedules TV hearing


U.S. CongressThe House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology under Greg Walden has put a hearing on the schedule for next week, which will looks at issues concerning the delivery of video content.

It is being called “Innovation Versus Regulation in the Video Marketplace,” and that likely means the promised airing out of issues related to satellite broadcasting are on the agenda.

At issue is the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act. Parts of the measure are subject to sunset by the end of 2014.
Walden said the topic was coming up back in mid-August. At the time, he stated, “Whether over the air from local broadcasters, through a paid subscription to a satellite, cable, or fiber provider, or streaming over the Internet, consumers have unprecedented access to view quality video content,” said Walden. “Each of these technologies faces a different regime of laws and regulations that have been developed over the last four decades. The subcommittee will examine whether these laws are still serving the needs of consumers, content creators, broadcasters, and video distributors in the modern communications marketplace.”

The session is scheduled for Wednesday 9/11/13 at 2:00PM Eastern.