updated 03:30 pm EDT, Mon April 11, 2011
Viacom claims Cablevision also off limits on iPad
Viacom this weekend lumped Cablevision into its disputes over iPad TV streaming rights. Similar to its fight with Time Warner Cable, Viacom argued that Cablevision hadn't been given permission to stream over Apple's tablet. It negotiates deals for "specific technologies and devices" and insisted it wanted a deal that provided "appropriate value" for both sides.
The content provider had stopped short of sending a takedown notice to Cablevision. It has already sued TWC as a response to that cable provider asking for a declaratory judgment that would give it rights to shows on the iPad.
Cablevision's interpretation of events has always absolved itself of any need for extra rights. Since its cable network already depends on networking, the iPad has become just "another television" and is as valid as a 50-inch TV set, it said.
Viacom has often been one of the most hesitant to get involved and digital and was well-known for being embroiled in a lawsuit against YouTube for allegedly embracing piracy as part of its business model. It has resisted playing online video outside of its own channels and has only just been exploring the possibility of coming back to Hulu.