During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Tuesday, Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) joined other committee Democrats in seizing upon the planned renewal of the 2010 Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) to explore other video marketplace reforms that include changes to the broadcast-MVPD retransmission consent regime. Tuesday’s hearing follows the adoption of a draft STELA reauthorization bill by the House Communications & Technology Subcommittee last week that includes provisions relating to joint sales and service agreements among broadcasters and integrated set-top box security. The draft bill is otherwise narrowly tailored in extending the compulsory licensing provisions of STELA through 2019. Although House subcommittee Republicans agreed to defer consideration of retransmission and other broader media issues to a future re-write of the 1934 Communications Act, Rockefeller said, “it is long since time to explore what we can do to foster a more consumer-centric future for video, particularly through online video distribution.” As he quizzed broadcast and cable industry witnesses on a range of issues that include set-top box integration and “orphan counties” that receive broadcast affiliate programming from stations in other states, Senate Communications Subcommittee Chairman Mark Pryor (D-AR) promised to approach the STELA reauthorization process “with an open mind.” Declaring, “the House was able to achieve a working consensus on a set of narrow, targeted, common sense reforms,” ranking subcommittee member Roger Wicker (R-MS) proclaimed: “I am confident that we will be able to do work in a similar fashion.”