Users of the Time Warner Cable iPad app will be able to tune into a host of Viacom programs thanks to a resolution in the legal skirmish between the two media companies.
The "happy ending" to the litigation between the two was announced yesterday on a Viacom blog, which called it good news for consumers. Time Warner Cable users will be able to grab such Viacom programs as "Jersey Shore" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" via Time Warner's iPad app.
Subscribers will also get access to other on-air channels from Viacom, including MTV Hits, MTV Jams, and Centric. Those in New York City and other major markets will additionally receive TV HD and BET HD.
The two companies jointly announced the agreement in the following statement:
Viacom and Time Warner Cable have agreed to resolve their pending litigations. 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, and Time Warner Cable will continue to carry Viacom's Country Music Television (CMT) programming. In reaching the settlement agreement, Time Warner Cable and Viacom were also able to resolve other unrelated business matters to their mutual satisfaction. Neither side is conceding its original legal position or will have further comment.
The two had been trading lawsuits over whether Time Warner had the right to offer Viacom programs on the TWC iPad app. Viacom had been seeking an injunction to ban Time Warner from streaming the programming on the iPad and similar devices. The companies put the litigation on hold almost a year ago as they tried to hammer out a deal.