The “disruption” caused by online video in the multichannel video program distribution (MVPD) market was debated at a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, where lawmakers voiced hopes about the potential of online video to drive down MVPD subscriber prices and provide consumers with greater flexibility and choice with respect to content. Tuesday’s hearing touched on tenets of the pending Next Generation Television Marketplace Act (S. 2008). Introduced last December, S. 2008 seeks to deregulate the MVPD retransmission market by (1) eliminating the compulsory licensing provisions of the 1992 Cable Act, (2) abolishing the local broadcast “must carry” provisions of the 1934 Communications Act, and (3) repealing provisions of the Communications Act that govern retransmission consent negotiations. Arguing that current laws “simply do not reflect the reality of the video market,” Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), the sponsor of S. 2008, told committee panelists and witnesses that “our laws should not promote or protect one technology over another or one competitor over another.” Complaining of continuing rate increases for MVPD services “that are rising faster than the rate of inflation,” committee chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) proclaimed in opening Tuesday’s hearing: “I want to know if the emergence of online video will do more than improve content and expand choice . . . I want to know if it will bring a halt to escalating bills.” In testimony before the committee, IAC Chairman Barry Diller—a proponent behind the Aereo Internet television service that has been brought to court by broadcasters claiming that the service violates retransmission consent rules—urged lawmakers to “be vigilant that the rules of the game favor entry, innovation and competition.”