Viacom claims Cablevision’s app, which allows subscribers to stream live videos in their home, violates the distribution agreement between them. The company is seeking damages and injunctive relief to stop the streaming of 19 of their cable networks through the app.
“We have taken this action to protect our valuable content. Over the last few months, we have had limited and unproductive discussions with Cablevision about licensing iPad rights. We remain open to productive discussions, but we cannot wait indefinitely while our networks are being distributed without permission,” Viacom said in a statement, as reported by Gigaom.
Cablevision responded to the statement, arguing that their app “falls within our existing cable television licensing agreements with programmers.”
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York