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08-10-2011, 11:36 PM #1
Viacom and Cablevision Settle Lawsuit Over Optimum Tablet App
Cablevision Systems and Viacom have finally reached an agreement that will bring Viacom content back to the Optimum tablet app.
The lawsuit levied against Cablevision by Viacom stated that Viacom had never given Cablevision authorization to stream content to subscribers via the Optimum tablet app. The app allows Cablevision customers to stream live TV to their tablet from 300 plus channels, which until today was absent of Viacom programming.
Viacom entered similar litigation with Time Warner over their iPad application, but the two sides suspended litigation last month as part of an agreement aimed at settling via negotiation. Like normal human beings.
More importantly though, Cablevision rolled out version 2.0 of their Optimum app, which now supports iPhones and iPod touches, allowing even more people to rejoice over being able to watch Viacoms programming.
New features have been added allowing subscribers to schedule and control their DVR (and cable boxes) via iPods, iPhones, or iPads. Also, it allows users to "Playback any iO TV On Demand asset on your device," which is fancy talk for "watch movies and tv shows."