/// Take That, CBS: Dish Awarded Best of CES Award

January 31, 2013  |  Media Week

Fanning the flames of controversy over Dish's Hopper ad-skipping service, the International CES awarded Hopper with Sling the “Best of Show” co-winner, along with Razer Edge. Handing the award to the Hopper service is a direct slap at CBS, which directed its CNET unit to withdraw the honor to Hopper because the TV network was in litigation with Dish over the technology. To further emphasize its point, the Consumer Electronics Association is not only overriding CBS, but dumping CNET as CEA's partner to run the “Best of CES” awards program. “CES has enjoyed a long and productive partnership with CNET and the Best of CES awards. However, we are concerned the new review policy will have a negative impact on our brand should we continue the awards relationship as currently constructed,” Karen Chupka, svp of events and conferences for the CEA, said in a statement. According to numerous reports, CNET's editors were all set to give Dish's Hopper the top prize until CBS CEO Les Moonves intervened and forced CNET editors to remove Dish from consideration because CBS was suing Dish for copyright infringement. CEA has defended Dish's Hopper technology in its lawsuit with the TV networks, recently filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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