Viacom and Time Warner Cable put app litigation on hold

Media company and cable operator temporarily halt battle over distribution rights on iPad

Media company Viacom Inc., owner of TV channels such as MTV and Comedy Central, and cable operator Time Warner Cable Inc. announced a “standstill agreement” on June 17 that pauses their legal battle over Time Warner’s right to distribute Viacom’s TV channels live on the iPad.

The litigation between the two companies—who filed lawsuits against each other in April after Time Warner introduced an iPad app for Viacom subscribers that featured Viacom’s TV shows—underscores the larger disagreements among media companies and cable operators about distribution rights on mobile devices.

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