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Cablevision, Viacom end suit over iPad app

Thu, 08/11/2011 - 8:50am
Brian Santo

Cablevision Systems issued a terse notice that it has agreed to resolve litigation with Viacom over its Optimum apps. Whatever agreement the two have, Cablevision will continue to enable subscribers to view Viacom programs on their iPads, iPods and iPhones.

Viacom sued Cablevision, insisting that its distribution agreement with the MSO does not include rights to stream its programming to IP devices.

Cablevision has a singular approach in which it does not use its broadband infrastructure to deliver IP video to mobile devices. Its position has been that it is still using its regular video channels, and so the mobile devices are, for all intents and purposes, just small TVs, thus any agreement it has with any programmer for transmission to a TV is all the permission it needs.

In a joint statement, the two said, "Neither side is conceding its original legal position or will have further comment," so it appears that while the two may have come to some financial agreement, the legal disagreement remains unresolved.

The rest of the joint statement reads as follows: "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."

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