CES Bars CNET From Producing ‘Best Of CES’ Awards

A few days ago, CNET nominated Dish Hopper DVR for the ‘Best in Show’ award at the 2013 CES convention. However, CNET’s corporate boss, CBS discarded the nomination because it is embroiled in an ongoing litigation against Dish Hopper. In other words, CBS forcefully censored CNET. As a result, CNET has been deprived of the honor of holding ‘Best of CES’ awards.


The decision was made by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). CEA is the organization that brings together Consumer Electronics Show (CES) each year and also backs the ‘Best of CES’ awards. Although CEA sponsors the events, it normally appoints a third-party to produce and organize those. In the past, CNET had signed a contract with CEA which allowed the tech news site to produce the ‘Best of CES’ awards.

But now, according to CEA, the recent episode related to the Dish Hopper nomination shows that CNET is not free enough to express an unbiased opinion and is rather influenced directly by CBS.

According to CEA President, Gary Shapiro, “We are shocked that the ‘Tiffany’ network which is known for its high journalistic standards would bar all its reporters from favorably describing classes of technology the network does not like.”

Shapiro further criticized CBS rather bitterly over its opposition to Dish Hopper. Dish Hopper, he said, essentially makes technology easier and more affordable for the users. And that CBS needs to understand that is not a crime. In his own words, “We believe that the Dish Hopper DVR is fully covered by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios Inc. The simple fact is making television easier to watch is not against the law. It is simply pro-innovation and pro-consumer.”

Courtesy: Arstechnica

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Salman Latif is a software engineer with a specific interest in social media, big data and real-world solutions using the two.Other than that, he is a bit of a gypsy. He also writes in his own blog. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter .

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Tsais

    This is good!

    At least one of the many many acts of daily censorship is being publicly recognized and thwarted!

    Who would have thought we’d see the day?

    There is one thing they got wrong though: “known for its high journalistic standards” Jeez, give me a break, C-Net and high journalistic standards? I stopped reading them years ago, cause their written reviews make you wonder if they ever held the device in their hands, and the video reviews are so poor, with some technically inept person who looks completely out of it, extolling how neat the look of some shiny surface is… I’d rename C-Net to housewive’s reviews and press-release repeaters…

  2. Asif2BD

    That’s a bold statement.

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