Cablevision and Viacom make peace in iPad dispute
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Media giants Cablevision Systems Corp. and Viacom Inc. have made peace.
The two were fighting over Cablevision Systems move to make Viacom-owned cable networks available to its subscribers via Apple’s iPad. Viacom argued that its deal with Cablevision did not give it permission to offer channels such as MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central on other platforms beyond cable TV.
In a joint statement, the two companies said they have resolved pending litigation in New York Federal Court and Viacom programming will remain available for Cablevision to offer via iPad and other devices.
Neither side would elaborate on what led to their new found friendship. In a statement, the companies cited as key the resolving of an ‘unrelated business matter.’
-- Joe Flint