Thierer Testifies on Video Competition before House Commerce Committee
WASHINGTON D.C. - Statistics and trends in the video marketplace show that consumers have abundant and diverse viewing options, stated PFF President Adam Thierer in written testimony presented today to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. There is more competition than ever before for viewers among all video providers -- from traditional broadcasters to pay TV distributors to Internet distribution platforms -- and new rules would hamper the ability of operators to grow and offer innovative new programming options.
In his testimony, Thierer counters views that there is a problem with diversity in media, citing steady growth in the number of local broadcast channels and an increase in pay TV channels owned by independent programmers. Internet video is also a viable competitor to traditional multichannel video providers as more content migrates to online platforms.
"America's video marketplace should be viewed as a pro-consumer success story," Thierer concludes. "With an abundance of choices, competition, and diverse viewing options, the only real scarcity remaining today is our personal time and attention spans -- not video options. We should celebrate that fact."
Thierer's complete written statement is available on the PFF website. Thierer is the author of two PFF books on this subject: Media Myths: Making Sense of the Debate over Media Ownership and Media Metrics: The True State of the Modern Media Marketplace.
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