Viacom, Discovery and Other Cable Networks Cry Foul Over Time Warner’s New iPad App

Mar 17, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Viacom and Discovery Communications are among the cable-network companies who are disputing Time Warner Cable’s right to stream their programming through its new iPad app, saying the cable operator doesn’t have the right with its existing contracts, reports the New York Post.

The dispute may result in lawsuits, as Time Warner Cable contends that its agreements with programmers give it the right to distribute content on any screen inside a customer’s home, the story notes.

The iPad app allows Time Warner Cable customers to watch 32 cable networks, including Viacom’s MTV and Discovery’s Animal Planet, but only within their own homes.

The story says that it became the Apple App store’s most downloaded free app on Tuesday, and that the app crashed on Tuesday night because of the demand for the service.

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