Time Warp—GAO Request Trumps Ho-Hum Video Hearing

For the most part, Tues’ Sen Communications subcmte video hearing could have taken place a decade or more ago, with retransmission consent reform, skyrocketing cable rates, a la carte and Telecom Rewrite the familiar words du jour. But the real news of the day didn’t occur during the hour and 45 minute hearing. Instead it came in a letter sent Mon from Sen Commerce chmn Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) regarding broadcasters’ shared service agreements. As for Tues’ hearing, Sen John McCain (R-AZ), NCTA’s Michael Powell and Charter CEO Tom Rutledge offered their opinions on a la carte pricing.

More top stories in today’s CableFAX Daily:

There will be more convergence between mobile and wireline as content rights model evolve, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said during JP Morgan’s telecom and media conference Tues. He explains why.
Univision has made a strategic investment in upcoming English-language net El Rey. More details here.
Read the latest news on deals involving Charter and DISH.

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