Viacom and Cablevision settle iPad lawsuit


Viacom has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit if filed in June against Cablevision for streaming Viacom programming to Cablevision subscribers using Apple iPad screens. How was it resolved? No one is saying.

“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,” was all the companies said in their joint statement.

Cablevision had claimed that its existing programming rights deals allowed it to deliver cable channels to iPad screens, so long as it was restricted to the homes of subscribers. Viacom and some other content owners had taken a very different view – insisting that a new license was needed for the new screen.

Whether any cash is changing hands was not revealed, but Cablevision is going to be able to continue delivering Viacom channels to iPad screens of its cable subscribers.