Sony Presses Reset Button, Avoids Lawsuit

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Play On, Player.

A few years ago, Sony’s free-to-play online service, known as the Playstation Network, was compromised by a rogue group of hackers.  Personal and private data, including credit card information, was stolen from about 70 million PSN users.  A class action was filed immediately in San Diego, California as Sony scrambled to stop the bleeding.  Luckily for this entertainment giant, the hot-button lawsuit has been dismissed.   Unfortunately for the Playstation 3 faithful, a judge has decided to have the case thrown out, citing Sony’s Privacy Policy, which all PSN users agree to, being compliant with the consumer protection laws. Read more

Cablevision Sues Viacom in Fee Faux Pas

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   Some TV packages just don’t deliver

Two months after reaching an agreement, it looks like there’s already trouble in paradise.  Cablevision and Viacom are going to court over a packaging of low rated networks.  The issue here is obtaining access to juggernauts ratings such as Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central.  Cablevision must also support up to a dozen lesser-watched channels which hurt their overall brand.  The antitrust lawsuit could be a landmark decision going forward to monitor the way cable providers reach terms for packaged channels.  The case was filed in New York, stemming from a mutual contract agreed to over the winter.

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