Emerging online technologies are expanding consumer choice in the delivery of video content, potentially challenging over-the-air, cable, and satellite modes of commercial video distribution. Services such as Hulu, Netflix, Boxee, and YouTube give people even greater opportunity to decide what they view and when, adding mobility and flexibility while further segmenting audiences. Some of these services also allow people to create and share video content worldwide, assisting self-expression and, possibly, coverage of neglected communities. While these technologies are still in their infancy, it is clear that they are disruptive to traditional avenues of distribution.

Speakers at MAP’s forum will discuss possible avenues for the development of online video. How will cable, satellite, and telephone company distributors respond to this new and disruptive technology? What are the implications for freedom of expression? Is there a need for government involvement?

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