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.
There seems to be a buzz in the air around New York City recently and cable/satellite providers aren’t happy about it. The internet-powered television service, Aereo, allows users to enjoy basic programs for an incredibly small cost and has thrived despite a growing number of lawsuits. Companies such as Cablevision contend that this alternative to their offerings violates certain copyrights and contracts. Aereo argues that since their units include small antennas, the analog signal they pick up is free over the airwaves and not breaking any laws. Aereo, which is backed by media executive Barry Diller, plans to grow their service area over the next few months including major cities such as Washington D.C., Boston, and Chicago. Read more