Viacom and Cablevision settle iPad app spat

Viacom and Cablevision announce that the lawsuit between the two companies has been settled and that Cablevision can continue to pipe Viacom content through its iPad app.

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Cablevision's Optimum app.
Cablevision's Optimum app for iPad. Cablevision

Viacom and cable operator Cablevision Systems have reached an agreement that will keep Viacom content flowing on Cablevision's iPad application.

The decision marks the end to a lawsuit filed by Viacom in June over Cablevision's Optimum tablet app, which Viacom said was not authorized to stream its content just days after its release.

"Viacom and Cablevision have agreed to resolve their pending litigation, and the Viacom programming will continue to appear on Cablevision's Optimum Apps for iPad and other IP devices," the two companies said in a joint statement.

"In reaching the settlement agreement, Cablevision and Viacom were able to resolve the iPad matter and an unrelated business matter to their mutual satisfaction. Neither side is conceding its original legal position or will have further comment," the companies continued.

Earlier this year Viacom sued both Cablevision and Time Warner Cable for offering its content on their iPad apps. Last month Viacom and Time Warner suspended litigation over Viacom content being shown on the company's iPad app as part of a "standstill agreement" aimed at reaching a settlement through negotiation.

Cablevision first unveiled its iPad app in early April, letting subscribers view live TV programming on their tablet from some 300 channels.