The President signed The Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999 ("SHVIA") on November 29, 1999. SHVIA significantly modifies the Satellite Home Viewer Act of 1988, the Communications Act and the U.S. Copyright Act. SHVIA is designed to promote competition among multichannel video programming distributors, such as satellite companies and cable television operators while, at the same time, increasing the programming choices available to consumers.
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