Viacom, Time Warner Cable settle dispute over app
NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom Inc., the parent of pay TV networks MTV and Comedy Central, has settled a dispute with Time Warner Cable Inc. over whether its subscribers can watch shows like "Jersey Shore" on mobile devices while at home.
The settlement means that over the next few weeks, shows from Viacom networks will be available for viewing on iPads, iPhones and Android devices for people who pay for a Time Warner Cable video package of "expanded basic" or better. The shows are watchable through the TWC TV app.
The settlement won't make such shows available when customers are outside the range of their home Wi-Fi networks. That means it's not technically "TV Everywhere." That's a term that describes a push by media companies and TV signal providers to give subscribers access to shows on mobile devices to entice them to keep them paying for television.
The companies sued each other in April 2011 over whether Time Warner Cable, the nation's fourth-largest pay TV signal provider, had to pay more for in-home viewing rights on devices other than the television. The suits were filed after Time Warner included Viacom shows in its TWC TV app in March of last year.
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