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Cablevision, Viacom Pass the Peace Pipe

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA) announced Wednesday that they've ended a lawsuit that centered on the delivery of MTV, Comedy Central and other Viacom-owned channels to home-bound iPads.

Viacom brought on the suit in June, demanding that Cablevision stop delivering its channels via an iPad app the operator introduced in April.

Viacom argued that Cablevision had not secured the rights to pipe its programming to those tablets. Cablevision countered that it was within its rights because the app limited access to within the customer's home and essentially turned the iPad into another television screen.

Viacom and Cablevision did not disclose the details of the settlement, financial or otherwise. They only issued a statement noting that they "were able to resolve the iPad matter and an unrelated business matter to their mutual satisfaction. Neither side is conceding its original legal position or will have further comment."

So there.

Cablevision is now trying to obtain rights that will allow it to deliver live TV programming to customers on the go.

Why this matters
A drawn-out lawsuit could have stalled cable's TV Everywhere ambitions well before MSOs started thinking about delivering linear lineups beyond customer homes.

Viacom and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) were locked in a similar battle but suspended further legal action so they could try to iron it out on their own. Today's news may mean a similar resolution between TW Cable and Viacom may be coming.

For more
Read more about the case and cable's iPad ambitions.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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