Viacom, TW Cable freeze legal fracas

iPad spat may be sorted out of court

Time Warner Cable and Viacom are suspending their legal battle over streaming TV channels via iPad to see if they can make a deal.

The companies confirmed Wednesday that they have reached a “standstill agreement,” which allows both sides to hammer out a resolution free of court intervention.

In April, the companies filed dueling lawsuits in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York over TWCable TV, an application that allowed the MSO’s subscribers to watch selected channels on the iPad so long as they remain in their homes. Viacom charged that TW Cable wasn’t granted permission under their affiliate agreement to place seven channels from the conglom’s MTV Networks division in TWCable TV.

While the standstill raises the possibility that the companies can arrive at a compromise allowing the MSO to bring the channels back to TWCable TV, legal proceedings can resume in the absence of a resolution.

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