Viacom, Cablevision settle suit over iPad TV app

Aug 11, 2011

(AP) -- Cablevision Systems Corp. and Viacom Inc., the owner of MTV and other cable TV channels, have settled a lawsuit over software that lets subscribers view Viacom channels and individual shows on demand on their iPads.

Viacom had sought millions of dollars in damages and an injunction preventing Cablevision from offering its Optimum app. Viacom said the app infringes on its copyrights. Cablevision says it's an extension of a cable service that customers already pay for.

The companies did not give details of the settlement, though they said in a joint statement that they were "able to resolve the matter and an unrelated business matter to their mutual satisfaction."

"Neither side is conceding its original position or will have further comment," the companies said Wednesday.

Viacom filed the lawsuit in June in U.S. District Court in New York.

The app is one of many moves by cable, satellite and other TV providers to give paying subscribers the ability to watch programs on a variety of devices. There's no charge beyond what subscribers already pay monthly for television service. The app, which was rolled out in April and is free to Cablevision's digital , allows customers to watch on the iPad only while they are in their own homes using Wi-Fi provided by a Cablevision modem.

Cablevision, which is based in Bethpage, N.Y., is not the only cable TV distributor with which Viacom has sparred over the availability of its shows on the iPad. A day before the Cablevision lawsuit was filed, Viacom and Inc., both based in New York, agreed to postpone a legal battle over a similar iPad app to try to reach a deal.

Explore further: IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Viacom sues Cablevision over iPad video app

Jun 23, 2011

(AP) -- Viacom, the owner of MTV, Comedy Central and other television channels, is suing cable TV distributor Cablevision over an iPad app that Viacom says streams video of its channels without permission.

Cablevision unveils interactive banner ads on TV

Sep 16, 2009

(AP) -- Cablevision Systems Corp. is bringing interactive banner ads to television, allowing viewers to order samples and brochures and even purchase products by clicking the remote on their TV sets.

Recommended for you

IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

3 hours ago

IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exasperated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets.

New US-Spanish firm says targets rich mobile ad market

10 hours ago

Spanish telecoms firm Telefonica and US investment giant Blackstone launched a mobile telephone advertising venture on Wednesday, challenging internet giants such as Google and Facebook in a multi-billion-dollar ...

Technip, Heerema win third giant Angolan oil contract

13 hours ago

The ultra-deep Angolan offshore oil project called Kaombo generated the third huge contract in three days on Wednesday when French group Total picked two firms to carry out underwater engineering worth $3.5 billion.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Techno1
not rated yet Aug 11, 2011
I'll be glad when the regular television networks and even cable networks fail.

Give it a few more generations of Moore's law, and the Smartphones will replace everything else, except in odd speciality applications.

Nobody will miss sitcoms and television commercial ads...

More news stories

Simplicity is key to co-operative robots

A way of making hundreds—or even thousands—of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield, UK.

Microsoft CEO is driving data-culture mindset

(Phys.org) —Microsoft's future strategy: is all about leveraging data, from different sources, coming together using one cohesive Microsoft architecture. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday, both in ...

IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

IBM's first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street's expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exasperated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets.

Down's chromosome cause genome-wide disruption

The extra copy of Chromosome 21 that causes Down's syndrome throws a spanner into the workings of all the other chromosomes as well, said a study published Wednesday that surprised its authors.