Time Warner, Viacom Settle iPad Streaming Dispute

A year-long legal dispute between Time Warner Cable and Viacom over streaming content to Apple’s iPad has finally been resolved with an agreement that lets the cable company’s customers legitimately watch Viacom channels such as Comedy Central And Nickelodeon on their mobile devices.

Viacom announced the deal on Wednesday, and said that “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.”

Viacom's channels returning to TWC's iPad appViacom’s channels returning to TWC’s iPad app

Time Warner Cable filed a lawsuit after Viacom said the cable company didn’t have rights to stream content to its iPad app even though it was available only to subscribers. TWC ultimately pulled twelve channels from the app, but said that it would fight to bring them back.

While the announcement is good news for Time Warner Cable customers, it doesn’t necessarily mean the two companies are the best of friends now. As part of its statement, Viacom also said,

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.

Viacom said its programming will be available for TWC mobile viewing in the coming weeks.