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CES severs ties with CBS over Dish Hopper coverage

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The Consumer Electronics Association, which runs CES, is ditching CBS’s tech news and reviews site CNET as its show partner. Earlier this month, CBS forced CNET to remove the Dish Hopper from consideration for its “Best in CES” awards, because CBS (s CBS) is currently suing Dish Network (s DISH) over technology used in the Hopper. Furthermore, the CEA gave Dish Hopper a “Best of Show” award. (It will have to share the honors with gaming tablet Razer Edge.)

The CEA supports Dish in the ongoing litigation with CBS, and in a press release it decried CBS’s policy of forbidding coverage of companies it’s in litigation with. “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 CEA’s events and conferences, said in a statement. “We look forward to receiving new ideas to recognize the ‘best of the best’ products introduced at the International CES.” Meanwhile, Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO, said, “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.”

CNET SVP and general manager Mark Larkin said CNET “is committed to delivering in-depth coverage of consumer electronics.  We look forward to covering CES and the latest developments from the show as we have for well over a decade.” A CBS spokesperson told The Verge that the network had already decided it wouldn’t partner with CES again.

Dish, too, weighed in with a statement. President and CEO Joseph Clayton said, “I regret that the award has come in the face of CBS’ undermining of CNET’s editorial independence. We look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with CNET’s editorial staff and hope they are able return to their long tradition of unbiased evaluation and commentary of the industry’s products and services.”

This post was updated with comments from CNET and Dish.

3 Responses to “CES severs ties with CBS over Dish Hopper coverage”

  1. Timothy Poplaski

    Sad thing is that CNet along with Engadget was at the top of my list for reviews when I’m making a purchase decision.

    Sure, I know about the Hopper thing, but going forward, without a way to know what products they found objectionable and skipped, their reviews just can’t be trusted.

  2. Jamie Jacobson

    Freedom of speech is also the right NOT to listen to content not in my interest.

    What will the networks say about other commercial skipping services like ?