The timing of Wed’s COPPA news conference was coincidental, but the tragedy in Newtown, CT, was referenced several times as politicians talked about FTC updates to the law protecting children from online advertising. Meanwhile Sen Commerce chmn Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced a bill to study the effect of violent video games and video programming on children, calling on the FTC and FCC to expand their work in the area. Here is more on the bill and COPPA’s new regulations regarding parental consent and mobile Web usage.

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Several deals were announced, including a TVE and retrans deal between NBCU and Mediacom as well as an agreement between ESPN and Cablevision.
 
DISH is getting ready to institute a rate hike for core programming packages, which it says is the first in 2 years. Read on for more details.
 
Two days before DISH’s contract with Schurz Communications is set to expire, the satellite provider’s already in a retrans battle with another broadcaster. More details on the core of the dispute here.
 
 

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