Cablevision resolves streaming TV app squabble with Viacom
Cablevision Systems and Viacom have reached an agreement that ensures the cable provider's streaming TV applications for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS platform will continue to include programming originally broadcast across Viacom-owned networks including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. Details were not disclosed.
Cablevision resolved its dispute, with Viacom, allowing it to stream Viacom programming on its Optimum App.
"In reaching the settlement agreement, Cablevision and Viacom were able to resolve the iPad matter and an unrelated business matter to their mutual satisfaction," the companies said in a joint statement. "Neither side is conceding its original legal position or will have further comment."
Cablevision introduced the Optimum App for iPad in April, promising subscribers access to more than 300 channels of live TV alongside thousands of video-on-demand titles, DVR management tools, interactive guide information and search. The Optimum App is powered by Cablevision's proprietary Advanced Digital Cable network--because the app is optimized solely for Wi-Fi networks, users cannot access content outside of the home.
Cablevision argues it controls the rights to distribute programming to devices like the iPad and iPhone per terms of its existing distribution agreements with content providers. But in June, Viacom filed suit in federal court in Manhattan, alleging that mobile streaming services like the Optimum App undercut its ability to negotiate licensing agreements with platforms like Hulu and Netflix. Viacom is also battling with Time Warner Cable over the latter's own iPad solution; as of late June, the firms said they are working to "resolve this and other litigation and potential litigation."
More than 200,000 iPad users have downloaded the Optimum App in the four months since it initially surfaced in Apple's App Store. Earlier this week, Cablevision expanded the app to Apple's iPhone and iPod touch.
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