The ongoing fight between Time Warner Cable and Viacom over whether the former has the right to include Viacom channels on their iPad app is getting more serious…and more litigious. TWC has filed a request that a New York District Court rule its existing carriage agreement with Viacom allows it to stream Viacom’s channels on the iPad.
EVP and General Counsel for TWC, Marc Lawrence-Apfelbaum, said in a statement that the company has “steadfastly maintained that we have the rights to allow our customers to view this programming in their homes, over our cable systems, without artificial limits on the screens they can use to do so, and we are asking the court to confirm our view.”
In response, Viacom has filed its own suit against TWC, saying that the latter “blatantly grabbed the rights that their competitors have negotiated in good faith to obtain,” while their lawsuit claims that TWC is trying to “unilaterally change the terms of its contractual relationship” with the company.
Expect this one to go on for some time. And just in case, you might want to get used to an app without MTV or Comedy Central for awhile.
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