Leading streaming services have teamed up to launch the Streaming Innovation Alliance, which aims to advocate for federal and state policies that build on the strong, competitive, and pro-consumer market for streaming video. The coalition’s broad membership includes leading streamers as well as diverse and independent services such as Afroland.tv, ForUsByUs Network, Max, Netflix, Paramount+, Peacock, TelevisaUnivision, VaultAccess, ViX, The Walt Disney Company, and more.
The Streaming Innovation Alliance includes a bipartisan team with deep expertise in technology, telecom, internet, and streaming policy. Its Senior Advisors are Fred Upton (R), a 36-year veteran of Congress who served as Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Mignon Clyburn (D), who served as Acting Chair of the Federal Communications Commission.
Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association, who played a leading role in organizing the Streaming Innovation Alliance, said: “Streaming provides great value, vast programming choices, and unprecedented options for consumers. The MPA looks forward to working with the SIA and its members to ensure federal and state policy propels this incredible innovation forward – and does not undermine the value and diversity consumers are enjoying today.”
“Streaming services have opened up a new era of progress for program diversity that is bringing relevant stories and options to historically underserved communities at a record pace while opening doors for production jobs to people of color that have been shut for decades. Any policy that drags down streaming would turn back the clock on this vital progress as well,” added Senior Advisor Mignon Clyburn.
Senior Advisor Fred Upton echoed these concerns. “The rise of innovative, new video streaming services is an American success story we should celebrate and encourage, not smother with obsolete and ill-fitting rules and regulations designed for completely different technology, products, and business models. Viewers have never gotten more for their entertainment dollar, and I urge policymakers to resist any effort to curtail this hugely beneficial innovation. Let’s not allow some backwards looking regulatory scheme to block gains consumers so strongly value and appreciate today,” he said.