Time Warner Cable And Viacom Settle Lawsuit Over iPad App Content
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Legal tangles do not benefit anyone except lawyers. The person who wins the lawsuit may get benefitted but at the cost of spending on his lawyer. The tension of losing always makes him upset.
It seems that Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Viacom have realized that. According to a report published in New York Times, TWC and Viacom have settled their legal entanglements regarding Time Warner’s streaming of Viacom video content on its iPad app.
The breakthrough comes as a result of a settlement between Time Warner Cable and Viacom, which owns cable channels like Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV and others. For months there had been a heated dispute over whether the cable company should have access to Viacom programs through its TWCable TV app.
On Wednesday, Viacom said that the companies had agreed “to resolve their pending litigations” and that “all of Viacom’s programming will now be available to Time Warner Cable subscribers for in-home viewing via Internet protocol-enabled devices such as iPads.”
The two media giants have been fighting over streaming rights for more than a year. Time Warner argued that its existing agreements gave it the right to provide video streams on any screen, not just television. Viacom said the app was “unlicensed distribution of Viacom’s programming.” Viacom still has a pending lawsuit with Cablevision over its Optimum live TV app.
Viacom’s programming will roll out on the Time Warner Cable app over the next few weeks.
Time Warner’s app, TWC TV, is available free on the App Store for its cable customers.
Source: Mac Rumors