Viacom and Time Warner Cable are officially at war over TWCable TV app for iPad

Time Warner Cable issued a press release today announcing they have filed a request for declaratory judgement related to its recent TWCable TV app debacle, which forced them to remove a number of channels from the iPad app last week.

We’re at an impasse with a handful of network owners, and we need an impartial third party to referee the situation and confirm that our interpretation is correct. We thought the most efficient way to settle this would be to go before a judge and ask for a decision that, while noncombative, would establish the rights that we bargained for.

TWCable is attempting to take a non-aggressive approach to the matter by requesting a judge step in and make a fair decision based on the facts. They believe they're well within their rights to stream content from Viacom (and other content owners) to an iPad located within the viewer's home under current agreements.

Viacom, on the other hand, isn't taking things lightly and has fired back with some pretty strong language, stating that Time Warner "blatantly grabbed the rights that their competitors have negotiated in good faith to obtain" and has now filed a lawsuit against the cable provider.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out given the gaping differences between new media and old media these days, but we're hoping a judge declares Time Warner Cable is in the right, don't you? Sound off in the comments below!

[TWCableUntangled via Engadget]

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Viacom and Time Warner Cable are officially at war over TWCable TV app for iPad

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App debacle? Time Warner added new channels to their iPad app today? It's not a debacle. Does TiPB have some vendetta against Time Warner? It sure seems like it.
Knock it off. Time Warner has an AWESOME iPad app. Deal with it!

Maybe I'm missing the sarcasm here or something, but did you read the entire article? TiPb (or at least the writer) supports Time Warner.
"...but we’re hoping a judge declares Time Warner Cable is in the right..."
It's towards the end.

I was just telling my wife that TimeWarner sucked because I was mad about the app that Cablevision has put out having 10 times the channels of the TimeWarner app. I was also upset that TimeWarner backed down and removed so many good channels that their app originally included. But I take it all back now! I'm so happy to see that they are standing up for their customers agains the greedy, evil networks! I pay TimeWarner over $300 a month for their services including cable, internet, and telephone. I feel like I've already given them all that I need to pay out to be able to use this app. I'm glad that they agree! F@#% Viacom!

its all about how content is delivered, ie via internet or via cable. sounds like a good deal for time warner customers till you consider the fact they hold a monopoly over cable coming into your home. if they are any cable company can do this , intruding into content delivery across other media then those same companies should not have right aways over our property and other cheaper cable companies should spring up driving down those $300 monthly bills. just my opinion of course and i understand the enthusiasm of those with the app being able to watch their tv and take it with them.

I know I'm in the minority here, but TW should lose, streaming isn't the same as cable and they know it or they wouldn't have pulled a single channel. Disclaimer: I eagerly await the day network subscriptions become available on itunes and cable companies become fossils.

The fact that the app only works in the home you subscribe to service in should be enough for the networks to let it pass. It essentially makes the iPad just become another TV that you can bring from room to room. I don't understand what makes a Slingbox OK in the networks eyes, but not one extra screen within the home. With a Slingbox I can watch their shows ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD and this app is stuck in the house. I don't see what the problem is. It's almost like the network is trying to tell you what room you can have a TV In and which one you can't.

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