CNET Cuts Dish From Awards Over CBS Lawsuit

By Steve Smith On Jan 10 2013 - 7:23pm




LAS VEGAS — International CES is usually a venue for plenty of product awards, generating a lot of positive press, but CNET, owned by CBS Corp., disqualified Dish’s Hopper with Sling due to “active litigation involving our parent company.”

CNET said on its site: “We will no longer be reviewing products manufactured by companies with which we are in litigation with respect to such product.”

Dish and CBS is in litigation regarding Hopper’s Prime Time Any Time and the AutoHop commercial-skipping features.

After CNET posted a review entitled “Dish Hopper with Sling: HD DVR almost has it all,” Hopper with Sling was named a finalist by CNET for its Best of CES awards, Dish said in a statement.

Joe Clayton, Dish’s CEO/president, said, “We are saddened that CNET’s staff is being denied its editorial independence because of CBS’s heavy-handed tactics. This action has nothing to do with the merits of our new product. Hopper with Sling is all about consumer choice and control over the TV experience. That CBS, which owns CNET.com, would censor that message is insulting to consumers. Dish is not afraid to stand up for consumer rights and we think that Hopper with Sling will do well, despite the network’s questionable actions.”

He added, “We have had a long, productive relationship with CNET’s editorial staff and we look forward to continuing that relationship. We welcome their unbiased evaluation and commentary of our products and services.”

The Best of CES Awards that CNET did present are:

Best of Show / People’s Voice: Razer Edge gaming tablet

Car Tech: Chevrolet MyLink 2nd generation

Emerging Tech: 3D Systems CubeX

Gaming: Razer Edge

Home Theater and Audio: Vizio 5.1 soundbar

Mobile: YotaPhone

Networking and Storage: Seagate Wireless Plus

PCs and Tablets: Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27

TVs: Samsung UN85S 4K/UHD TV

Wearable and Health Tech: Fitbit Flex.

Hot Stuff and the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) TechHome division also announced their awards at press time.

Hot Stuff’s 2013 CES Award winning products are:

Lego Mindstorms EV3

Pure Jongo T640B

Samsung and LG curved OLED TVs

Parrot Flower Power sensor

Vuzix Smart Glasses M100

Sony Xperia Z

Nvidia Project Shield

Expect Labs’ Mindmeld for iPad

Scosche BoomBottle

Fitbit Flex

The 2013 Mark of Excellence Systems Integrator Awards were presented by CEA’s TechHome Division Wednesday.

The winners are:

Multi-Room Audio/Video Project of the Year: Platinum Winner: Structured Home Solution - LaVerghetta ; Gold Winner: Futuristic Home – McTernan Residence Point Lookout, N.Y.

Home Theater/Media Room Project of the Year: Platinum Winner: Phoenix Unequaled Home Entertainment – Southern Comfort; Gold Winner: SoundVision – Kentfield/Media Room

Innovation Award: Platinum Winner: SmartHouse Integration – Odegard’s Outdoor Oasis; Gold Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – Bellagio Fountain Backyard

Lighting Control Project of the Year: Platinum Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – Custom LED Light Control in Malibu, Calif.

Retrofit Project of the Year under $50,000: Platinum Winner: 1 Sound Choice – Deyoung Family Theater

Specialty Project of the Year: Platinum Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – High-Tech Dog Rescue; Gold Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – The Ultimate Conference Room

Home of the Year (installed price up to $50,000): Gold Winner: The Hunter Group – Mandeville House

Custom Home of the Year (installed price $50,000 to $150,000): Platinum Winner: Futuristic Home – McTernan Residence Point Lookout N.Y.; Gold Winner: Structured Home Solutions - LaVerghetta

Luxury Home of the Year (installed price $150,000 to $300,000): Platinum Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – Control Meets Elegance; Gold Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – High-Tech Luxury Living

Ultimate Home of the Year (installed price above $300,000): Platinum Winner: Electronics Design Group – Modern Luxury; Gold Winner: DSI Entertainment Systems – Retrofit Automation in Los Angeles

Sustainable Project of the Year: Platinum Winner: CyberManor – Holland-Yates Residence

Universal Design Project of the Year: Platinum Winner: Electronics Design Group – Hidden Entertainment

TechHome Integrator of the Year: SoundVision

TechHome Small Business Integrator of the Year: Cyber Home Networks

TechHome Leadership Award: Michael Pope, Audio Video Interiors.

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