Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Time Warner Cable Seeks Declaratory Judgment on iPad Carriage

Time Warner Cable filed a request for declaratory judgment relating to Viacom cable networks and whether its carriage agreement allows it to deliver the programming of this company over its cable systems for viewing on devices of its video customers' choosing, including iPads, in their homes. The app, which launched to customers on March 15, 2011, currently features 43 channels which are available to customers whose subscriptions include them.

The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

"We have steadfastly maintained that we have the rights to allow our customers to view this programming in their homes, over our cable systems, without artificial limits on the screens they can use to do so, and we are asking the court to confirm our view. With over 360,000 downloads of our TWCableTV app, it is clear that our customers welcome the convenience and flexibility our new app provides," stated Marc Lawrence-Apfelbaum, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Time Warner Cable.

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