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Press Release

PTC Lauds U.S. Rep. Eshoo’s Video CHOICE Act

Release Date: 9/9/2013

LOS ANGELES (September 9, 2013) – The Parents Television Council praised a new bill introduced today by U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) called the Video CHOICE (Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment) Act.

The act is “intended to eliminate television blackouts caused by retransmission consent disputes and give consumers greater flexibility to choose the channels they receive each month from their pay-TV provider,” according to Rep. Eshoo’s press release.

“We applaud Congresswoman Eshoo’s efforts to change current regulations that are being used to stifle competition and consumer choice. The stranglehold that programmers have over distributers and, more importantly, the stranglehold they have over consumers, urgently needs to be broken. This bill would help pave the way for more options in the marketplace. We urge other members from both houses of Congress and from both parties to follow the Congresswoman’s lead on this matter of importance to parents and families across America,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

The Parents Television Council® ( is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members and 56 chapters across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at