Viacom assails Cablevision iPad app, claims it violates agreements

Viacom (NYSE: VIA), already embroiled in he-said-she-said litigation with Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) over its iPad streaming content application, has become the first programming content provider to publicly announce its displeasure with Cablevision Systems' (NYSE: CVC) even more expanded offering.

While not yet telling the Long Island-based MSO to cease and desist, the programmer did make it clear that it doesn't like the app and wants its programming removed, claiming Cablevision has "seized distribution rights that Viacom has not granted."

Cablevision, of course, continues to see things the other way. While the MSO did not respond directly to this latest salvo, it has made it clear that it sees the iPad as just another television and that its agreements with programmers allow it to "deliver cable television service to our customers, regardless of how many or what kinds of televisions they have in their home."

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