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Time Warner Cable, Viacom postpone iPad app fight

Time Warner Cable Inc. and Viacom Inc. are postponing a dispute over what content can be viewed on the cable company's iPad app, the companies said Wednesday in a federal court filing.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Time Warner Cable Inc. and Viacom Inc. are postponing a dispute over what content can be viewed on the cable company's iPad app, the companies said Wednesday in a federal court filing.

The New York-based companies said they reached a standstill agreement in an attempt to resolve the dispute and other litigation. The agreement went into effect June 17, according to the filing.

The companies filed lawsuits against each other in April, after Time Warner Cable agreed to drop a dozen cable channels from its app for the popular tablet computer sold by Apple Inc. The app, which is free to download but works only for existing Time Warner Cable customers who subscribe to its video and Internet services, streams live television when used in a customer's home.

News Corp.'s Fox Cable Networks, Viacom and Discovery Communications Inc. had asked Time Warner to pull their programming from its iPad app, which was launched in March. They said putting the programs on it was violating their programming contracts.

The media companies argued Time Warner should pay more money to distribute on devices other than television sets. Time Warner Cable said existing contracts provide it with the rights.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in New York.