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Dish mired in marijuana debate as ex-employee's case reaches Colo. Supreme Court

Dish Network now finds itself at the center of the national debate on medical marijuana use, with a worker it fired in 2010 filing a complaint that has gone all the way to the Colorado Supreme Court.

The Gigabit Wars: Breaking down the race for the best products and services

It's pretty easy to see how Google Fiber's FTTP initiative and its $70 a month pricing construct is forcing other traditional telcos, cable operators and municipalities to react with similar offerings. In its new feature, Gigabit Wars: The best prices for 1 Gbps service from ILECs, MSOs and municipal providers, FierceTelecom looks at how various service providers are positioning their fiber-based broadband services in the market.

Roku revenue just $190M for 2013, gets more cash from BSkyB

Shining a bit of financial light on a company that has slowly emerged as the privately funded leader in the U.S. OTT market, Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood revealed that his company took in only $190 million in revenue for 2013.

Comcast home invasion lawsuit exposes risks for home automation, security service providers

Exposing the possible liability risks for providers of home automation and security services, Comcast is being sued by a Kirkland, Wash., family following a grisly home-invasion incident last year.

Comcast security chief Clancy tapped to head Secret Service

The guy once charged with protecting one of the biggest targets in consumer services is now responsible with guarding perhaps the biggest target in the free world.

DirecTV and NFL ink Sunday Ticket deal: 8 years at $1.5B per year

DirecTV has finally signed a deal with the National Football League that will keep the premium football game package NFL Sunday Ticket on the satellite operator's service through 2022. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but according to Reuters, the eight-year exclusive contract is valued at around $12 billion.

Viacom renews FiOS deal, blocks Suddenlink broadband subs from SpongeBob and Jon Stewart

As its carriage impasse escalated into a selective blackout of Internet content, Viacom on Wednesday announced that it had renewed its affiliate agreement with Verizon FiOS. The agreement to carry 25 Viacom channels also includes multiscreen rights that will enable Verizon to put those networks on its FiOS mobile app starting in 2015.

Media companies look beyond YouTube's limited monetization

YouTube has been the go-to platform for enterprises to house their online video content affordably. For many companies, it serves their needs just fine. But for media and entertainment-focused businesses, especially those that monetize some or all of that video content, YouTube is an increasingly crowded space with limited earning options. FierceOnlineVideo takes a look at an emerging migration to other online video platforms here.

Synacor cuts 70 jobs, 20% of workforce

Multiscreen technology company Synacor said Tuesday that it's laying off approximately 20 percent of its workforce, resulting in the loss of about 70 jobs. The cuts will leave the struggling Buffalo-based company with about 210 workers.

Comcast adds out-of-home streaming to X1 cloud DVR, extends it to San Francisco, Boston

Comcast has expanded its X1 network DVR service, allowing subscribers to access their personal recordings on Android and iOS device from anywhere they can get Internet access.

ESPN Classic becomes on-demand channel on Dish Network

Signaling what might very well become a broader trend for archival programming on pay-TV platforms, ESPN Classic has transitioned from a linear to on-demand channel on Dish Network.

Suddenlink to Viacom: Sorry, we already gave your bandwidth away

Despite what Viacom describes as a last-minute decision to take Suddenlink up on its earlier proposal, the MSO has pulled the conglomerate's channels off its program guide, effective at midnight.

FCC gets out of the NFL blackout business

The FCC voted unanimously Tuesday to end 40-year-old rules that restrict pay-TV companies from carrying pro sports games in "blacked out" markets.

LTE Multicast and Wi-Fi Multicast: The emergence of complementary technologies

LTE Multicast (also known as LTE Broadcast) is getting lots of attention from vendors and mobile operators for its ability to deliver live multimedia to smartphones and tablets being used by concentrated groups of people, such as those attending a sporting event or concert. A complementary technology, Wi-Fi Multicast, has already been deployed by venue owners. FierceWirelessTech explores how these two different technologies can work together here.

Suddenlink inks deals with CBS, Diddy's Revolt, but no update on pending Viacom blackout

Grinding through a busy negotiating period for program rights, Suddenlink has announced a broad-reaching renewal deal with CBS Corp. that includes retrans rights for CBS owned-and-operated stations, as well as carriage of cable assets CBS Sports Network and, for the first time, the Smithsonian Network.

Netflix to distribute 'Crouching Tiger' sequel day-and-date with global IMAX release

In an arrangement that could have a significant impact on traditional theatrical release windows, Netflix has signed on to release on SVOD the follow-up to filmmaker Ang Lee's Oscar-winning global box office smash, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This release, which will require no extra payment from Netflix subscribers, will occur concurrently with the global theatrical premiere of the sequel by big-screen exhibition chain IMAX.

Streampix lives: Comcast SVOD service only downsized, not decommissioned

Reports of the demise of Comcast SVOD service Streampix have been exaggerated … slightly. According to Multichannel News, the No. 1 MSO's response to Netflix will live on as an a la carte video programming option and trinket to subscribers of higher-end video-services packages.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA fiasco may turn tide on spiraling RSN costs

Rival pay-TV operators believe Time Warner Cable's inability to carve affiliate deals for its new Los Angeles Dodgers-based regional sports network will have a beneficial chilling affect on the launch of future pricey channels.

Rumor mill: Aereo-like platforms may be given program licensing rights by FCC

The FCC is reportedly set to redefine online video platforms like Aereo that stream linear TV content as MVPD operators, similar to cable and satellite companies.

Comcast's Dry Creek media center: ready for anything

Resting between two power grids, fueled with 44,000 gallons of diesel for backup generators, and supporting 22 uplink and seven downlink satellite dishes, the Comcast Media Center in Centennial, Colo. is ready to keep producing, originating and distributing cable TV nonstop. FierceCable recently took a tour of the plant and snapped some photos. Take a look at our slideshow.