Viacom channels to be available on iPad viewing service
The app spat between Viacom and Time Warner Cable has been settled.The companies issued a joint statement Wednesday confirming that all litigation between them connected to TW Cable’s iPad app for in-home viewing has been resolved, though the statement also notes that “neither side is conceding its original legal position.” The settlement means that Viacom cablers will be available for viewing on the app, which allows subscribers to watch programming on their iPads so long as they are in and around their home. The deal also appears to resolve a carriage dispute involving cabler CMT. Viacom last year challenged TW Cable’s right to bounce its channels to the iPad app, accusing the cable operator of engaging in a “blatant grab of unlicensed content.” The sparring soon reached federal court, with Viacom filing to stop the inclusion of MTV Networks channels in the app (Daily Variety, April 8, 2011). “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, and Time Warner Cable will continue to carry Viacom’s Country Music Television (CMT) programming,” the statement read. “In reaching the settlement agreement, Time Warner Cable and Viacom were also able to resolve other unrelated business matters to their mutual satisfaction. Neither side is conceding its original legal position or will have further comment.” Although details of the settlement were not revealed, it appears that Viacom used some leverage to secure carriage of spinoff channels as part of the resolution. A post on Viacom’s corporate blog noted that MTV Hits, MTV Jams and BET sibling Centric will soon be joining the TWC dial, plus there will be expanded distribution of the HD versions of TV Land and BET in the Gotham market.