/// CNET Wanders Into the CBS-Dish Crossfire at CES

January 10, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Nice gadget. Bad company! That’s the message CBS and its CNET technology site have managed to send today, by banning a Dish Network device from a CES award competition. This one isn’t a huge deal, but it’s an interesting one, because it shows just how annoyed the TV networks are with Charlie Ergen and the moves he’s making to shake up, if not blow up, their business. The story: Last year, Ergen’s Dish introduced “The Hopper,” a DVR whose features include the ability to auto-forward past ads. TV programmers, including CBS, aren’t happy about the gadget, and have taken Dish to court. This year, Dish used CES to roll out a new version of the gadget , which might also tick off the TV guys. But the reviewers at CNET seemed to like it , describing it as “cutting-edge stuff” that “helps Dish make a strong case that its HD DVR is the most advanced out there.” That was Monday. Yesterday, CNET announced that the new gadget was up for a “ Best of CES ” award the website oversees. But today comes word that the device got the boot, due to the lawsuit. Here’s CNET’s statement, which it has also appended to its original review: The Dish Hopper with Sling was removed from consideration for the Best of CES 2013 awards due to active litigation involving our parent company CBS Corp.

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