Work on a satellite reauthorization bill will continue in early 2010. The House has passed a reauthorization bill but the Senate has not. As an interim measure, existing satellite regulations and transmission rights were extended for a two-month period as a rider to the December 2009 defense spending bill. New reauthorization legislation could be attached to an appropriations or other “must pass” bill, or the Senate could pass the bill by unanimous consent and seek a House conference. In addition to reauthorizing satellite TV companies’ licenses to import distant signals into local markets, Congress is looking to require satellite TV providers to carry public television stations in high definition format and provide for a study of satellite providers’ financial and satellite capacity limitations.