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MacRumors
Aug 11, 2011, 11:05 AM
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Cable provider Cablevision and media conglomerate Viacom yesterday announced (http://www.viacom.com/news/Pages/newstext.aspx?RID=1595304) that they have settled a lawsuit over Cablevision's carriage of Viacom television channels on its "Optimum" apps for Apple's iOS devices. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Viacom's channels will continue to be offered through the service.Viacom and Cablevision have agreed to resolve their pending litigation, and the Viacom programming will continue to appear on Cablevision's Optimum Apps for iPad and other IP devices. In reaching the settlement agreement, Cablevision and Viacom were able to resolve the iPad matter and an unrelated business matter to their mutual satisfaction. Neither side is conceding its original legal position or will have further comment.Viacom has been at the center of controversy as cable companies have sought to push their offerings to devices such as the iPad and iPhone. Time Warner was the first major cable company to roll out a live TV app for the iPad, but quickly pulled Viacom's channels (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/04/01/time-warner-cable-pulls-some-channels-from-ipad-app-adds-others/) after the content provider argued that such usage was not permitted under existing contracts.

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Cablevision soon after launched its own app (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/04/02/cablevision-one-ups-time-warner-cable-with-new-tv-ipad-app/) offering access to all channels within a customer's subscription package, directly challenging Viacom's position on the matter. Both disputes made their way to court, with Time Warner seeking a judgment (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/04/08/time-warner-cable-goes-to-court-for-ipad-app-content-rights/) that would allow it to offer Viacom's channels while Viacom sued Cablevision (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/06/23/viacom-sues-cablevision-over-live-tv-app-for-ipad-negotiating-settlement-with-time-warner/) over its refusal to cease carrying the company's channels. At the time, a settlement between Time Warner and Viacom was said to be in the works, and while no announcement has yet been made on that front, the settlement between Cablevision and Viacom may also bode well for Time Warner customers.

Viacom owns a number of prominent cable television channels, including Comedy Central and the Nickelodeon and MTV families of channels.

Article Link: Viacom and Cablevision Settle Lawsuit Over Live TV on iOS Apps (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/08/11/viacom-and-cablevision-settle-lawsuit-over-live-tv-on-ios-apps/)



shartypants
Aug 11, 2011, 11:38 AM
I can't wait for the day when we don't have cable/satellite companies and instead just high speed internet providers. The faster companies transition the better.

justinfreid
Aug 11, 2011, 11:47 AM
I'm shocked that this ended so quickly. I wonder if this'll set a precedent for the broad allowance of content delivered via a cable subscription to be displayed on mobile devices or if the elements of the agreement are too specific to this matter for that to happen.

Mjmar
Aug 11, 2011, 11:49 AM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

Glad to hear this. The cablevision app is awesome.

rdowns
Aug 11, 2011, 12:41 PM
I can't wait for the day when we don't have cable/satellite companies and instead just high speed internet providers. The faster companies transition the better.

Um, the cable companies ARE the high speed Internet providers.

rockosmodurnlif
Aug 11, 2011, 12:47 PM
I can't wait for the day when we don't have cable/satellite companies and instead just high speed internet providers. The faster companies transition the better.
I can't tell if this is sarcasm or naivete seeing as how many of the cable/satellite providers are the high speed Internet providers. It'll be the same fights just different terms.

jayducharme
Aug 11, 2011, 01:20 PM
I can't wait for the day when we have more competition.

There. Fixed that for you.

winston1236
Aug 11, 2011, 06:43 PM
Um, the cable companies ARE the high speed Internet providers.

sarcasm maybe? really not sure about that one

citi
Aug 11, 2011, 08:36 PM
sarcasm maybe? really not sure about that one

Wow. :eek:

elgrecomac
Aug 11, 2011, 09:55 PM
ATT appears to be reluctant to do battle like TWC and others. So I have a castrated version of the app that resides on the iphone that will, in fact, stream a broad variety of video content.

:mad:

deannnnn
Aug 12, 2011, 06:56 PM
I wish I had Cablevision for this app and not stupid TimeWarner whose app has like 4 channels on it.