Time Warner Cable and Viacom Settle Lawsuit Over iPad Television Streaming

twctvTime Warner Cable and Viacom have settled their legal entanglements regarding Time Warner's streaming of Viacom video content on its iPad app, according to the New York Times.

The breakthrough comes as a result of a settlement between Time Warner Cable and Viacom, which owns cable channels like Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV and others. For months there had been a heated dispute over whether the cable company should have access to Viacom programs through its TWCable TV app.

On Wednesday, Viacom said that the companies had agreed "to resolve their pending litigations" and that "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."

The companies have been fighting over streaming rights for more than a year. Time Warner argued that its existing agreements give it the right to provide video streams on any screen, rather than just the television. Viacom said the app was "unlicensed distribution of Viacom's programming." Viacom still has a pending lawsuit with Cablevision over its Optimum live TV app.

Viacom's programming will roll out on the Time Warner Cable app over the next few weeks.

Time Warner's app, TWC TV, is available free on the App Store for its cable customers. [Direct Link]

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ncaissie Avatar
111 months ago

OOPS :eek:

The Water Company DOES charge you by usage (just the opposite of what you have listed). Indoor Usage Water is charged at a Higher Rate than Outdoor Water if you have the appropriate Meters attached in order to distinguish between the usage.

Bad Example but I think people get the point, While I personally don't Tether, I agree that if I'm paying for an internet connection, it shouldn't matter how I use it.


LMAO They do NOT do that.
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Ed91 Avatar
111 months ago

The signature is that it's a big no-no to talk about cracked apps on macrumors while it's perfectly fine to talk about stealing internet access via JB tethering apps. Both are a crime and should be treated as such.

I'm sorry, but I already pay for unwanted minutes and texts on top of my data allowance (even though all are just data anyway). How I use my data allowance should be up to me. It isn't stealing, because I'm not using anything I haven't already paid for, I'm just using it in a different way.

Imagine you get your water bill, but the water company has decided to charge you by your usage in showers, cooking, and gardening - all at different costs.

Gardening is most expensive, so I water my plants in the shower.

Am I stealing? It's the same water I'm paying for.
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thisrocks Avatar
111 months ago

The signature is that it's a big no-no to talk about cracked apps on macrumors while it's perfectly fine to talk about stealing internet access via JB tethering apps. Both are a crime and should be treated as such.


I got that much, my point is more around a) caring and b) how you don't see it criminal that Telcos can do this. Encouraging public dialogue through a forum may be the only way to get the message across to them. Using pirated software is not comparable in any way to this, and I'm glad that such discourse is quashed.

Are you doing some sort of protest about cracked software conversation being shut down? There is no reason to side with Telcos on this matter, and the promotion in your signature is bordering disgusting
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LukasUtopia Avatar
111 months ago
I guess this now facilitates the App to be used in the rumoured Apple TV.
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thisrocks Avatar
111 months ago
What's with the overdone joke posts? I hope they're joke posts.

I've also always wondered about TMar's signature.
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Don Kosak Avatar
111 months ago
Woo hoo!

This is great news.

It was a drag to log onto TW Cable on my iPad and see so many channels missing. That app just got a lot better.
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