Friday, August 01, 2014
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
French Carrier Iliad To Bid For T-Mobile
Google's Ambitious Secret Barge Project Was Scarped
Chinese Smartphones Boost Sharp's 1Q Operating Profit
HP's Luxury Smartwatch Coming This Fall
Tessera and Micron Execute New Technology and Patent License Agreements
Sony Releases The AS20 Action Cam, New Cyber-shots
Microsoft Releases New Limited Edition Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 With Master Chief from Halo
Researchers Discover New Smartphone Flaws
Active Discussions
help questions structure DVDR
Made video, won't play back easily
Questions durability monitor LCD
Questions fungus CD/DVD Media, Some expert engineer in optical media can help me?
CD, DVD and Blu-ray burning for Android in development
IBM supercharges Power servers with graphics chips
Werner Vogels: four cloud computing trends for 2014
Video editing software.
 Home > News > General Computing > Cablevi...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Cablevision Sues Viacom Over High Fees For Little-watched Channels


Cablevision filed an antitrust lawsuit today against Viacom, in federal court in Manhattan, for forcing Cablevision to carry and pay for lesser-watched networks its customers do not want.

Cablevision's suit contends that Viacom abused its market power over commercially critical networks, including popular networks such as Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and MTV, to coerce Cablevision into carrying the 14 far less popular ancillary channels.

Cablevision says Viacom coerced the company by threatening to impose massive financial penalties unless Cablevision complied with Viacom's demands. Cablevision adds that Viacom's conduct impairs competition by making Cablevision pay for and carry networks that many subscribers do not want to watch, while other networks are excluded from distribution, preventing Cablevision from being able to differentiate its services and harming subscribers.

"The manner in which Viacom sells its programming is illegal, anti-consumer, and wrong," Cablevision said in a statement. "Viacom effectively forces Cablevision's customers to pay for and receive little-watched channels in order to get the channels they actually want. Viacom's abuse of its market power is not only illegal, but also prevents Cablevision from delivering the programming that its customers want and that competes with Viacom's less popular channels."

Cablevision's antitrust lawsuit also asserts that Viacom has engaged in unlawful "block booking," which is a form of tying that conditions the sale of a package of rights on the purchaser's taking of other rights.

In response to the lawsuit, Viacom said that "these arrangements have been upheld by a number of federal courts and on appeal."

The two companies signed a long-term programming agreement in December 2012 for Cablevision to carry Viacom's networks for an undisclosed sum.

Cablevision is seeking a number of remedies including a declaratory relief voiding the December 2012 carriage agreement between the two companies; a permanent injunction barring Viacom from conditioning carriage of any or all of its core networks on Cablevision's licensing any or all of Viacom's ancillary networks; a requirement that Viacom permit Cablevision to carry the core networks and ancillary products on terms pending negotiation of a new, lawful agreement; treble damages and legal fees.


Previous
Next
Plextor To Introduce TLC Based SSD AT CeBIT        All News        AMD TressFX Technology Brings Realism In PC Gaming
Stuxnet Roots Found Back in 2005     General Computing News      Google Introduces Google+ Sign-In For Web Sites, Apps

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Viacom and Google Resolve Copyright Lawsuit
Viacom, DirecTV Reach Agreement, Renew Carriage of Viacom's Networks
Time Warner Cable, Viacom Resolve Legal Disputes
Court Gives New Life To Viacom-YouTube Copyright Case
Amazon Stikes Deal With Viacom
Hulu and Viacom Announce Content Partnership
YouTube Wins Case Against Viacom
Viacom Accuses Youtube For Uploading Copyrighted Material
Cablevision Users to Network-Connect PCs With Their Television
YouTube Not to Disclose User's IPs
Google Ordered to Give YouTube User Data to Viacom
Viacom and Microsoft in Advertising Partnership

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2014 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .