With the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) set to partially sunset at year-end, reauthorization takes center stage on Wed in a hearing of Rep Greg Walden’s (R-OR) House communications subcmte. Witnesses include NCTA pres/CEO Michael Powell, DirecTV evp Mike Palkovic, TiVo svp/general counsel Matt Zinn, and Marci Burdick, svp of broadcasting at Schurz Communications. Here’s what to expect.

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Rep Joe Barton (R-TX), former House Commerce chmn, discusses Congress’ take on the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger during a C-SPAN’s “The Communicators” program on Feb 26.
 
Comcast might have submitted a better bid for Time Warner Cable, but Charter majority shareholder Liberty Media isn’t taking any option off the table.

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