The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee holds a hearing on the future of online video content.
The hearing, chaired by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), discussed recent changes in television viewing habits, as some viewers are moving from traditional television to online and broadband-enabled content.
The focus was on "what these changes mean for consumers, especially in rural areas, and if this evolution of video can bring them higher quality content at lower rates," Chairman Rockefeller said.
Several organizations, including Free Press, Consumers Union, New America Foundation and Public Knowledge, have asked the committee to look at data caps imposed by broadband Internet access providers, which they say discourage users from using high-bandwidth applications, like online video.
The hearing examined the effect that these new technologies have on the existing television and cable market and the business models that are growing the industry.
Barry Diller, chairman and senior executive at IAC, was one of the witnesses. He is an investor in Aereo, a start-up company that delivers broadcast television via the Internet for a monthly fee.
Additional witnesses included: Susan Whiting, vice chairman of The Nielsen Company; Paul Misener, vice president for global public policy at Amazon.com; and Blair Westlake, corporate vice president for Microsoft's Media and Entertainment Group.