Viacom sues Cablevision over Apple iPad TV streaming app

“Viacom Inc sued Cablevision Systems Corp to halt what it called the unauthorized streaming of its programing on devices such as Apple Inc’s iPad,” Jonathan Stempel reports for Reuters. “The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in Manhattan federal court, one day after court documents showed that Cablevision’s larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc and Viacom are trying to settle a similar dispute, and have put related lawsuits on hold while they try.”

“Viacom said Cablevision’s April 2 launch of a computer application to allow streaming of television programs through a cable modem to iPad tablets violates its agreement to distribute Viacom programing only on cable TV systems,” Stempel reports. “The lawsuit seeks a halt to the alleged improper streaming, $2 million for each trademark violation, compensatory and punitive damages, and other remedies.”

Stempel reports, “Cablevision has about 3.7 million customers, while Time Warner Cable has about 14.5 million, regulatory filings show.”

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[Attribution: MacNN. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. I downgraded to basic Cablevision programing and now find that I get more stations streamed via the iPad! I’m not complaining… though NY Fox Ch 5 was recently cut.

    1. That was probably an over site and they will look to close that up that loop hole. Soon you will need the highest programming to get iPad access. Especially since ViaCom will force them into doing it. This is truly a bummer of a lawsuit.

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