Hulu CEO visits FCC to discuss Comcast-NBC merger
Jason Kilar, chief executive of the network-backed online television platform Hulu, made a marathon tour through the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday, answering questions from commissioners and the chairman's staff on how Comcast and NBC Universal's proposed merger could affect video distribution on the Internet.
According to a filing with the FCC, Hulu representatives talked in five separate meetings with Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Baker; the chairman's chief of staff Eddie Lazarus and senior counsel Rick Kaplan; and John Flynn, head of the team reviewing Comcast and NBC's merger.
In the meetings, Kilar and Hulu's legal staff responded to questions about the relationship between online video programming distributors (“OVPD”), such as Hulu, and cable and telecom services that offer paid television subscriptions. Specifically, the company discussed revenue models and cost structure, program acquisition, advertising sales and audience measurement.
Public interest groups have warned that unless regulators force Comcast to share content with Internet video platforms, the merged company could withhold valuable NBC shows and movies from competitors.
During their meetings with FCC officials, the executives also talked about how companies like theirs will provide more competition in the future video marketplace, "to the benefit of consumers, content owners and advertisers."
It was the fourth visit by Hulu officials to the FCC to discuss issues related to the Comcast-NBC merger, but the first for CEO Kilar. Hulu is part owned by NBC, News Corp., The Walt Disney Company and Providence Equity Partners.
Planned Comcast-NBC merger ignited TV access battle
photo: Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu
| December 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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