CEA Awards Hopper Best of Show, Drops CNETJanuary 31, 2013 By Stephen Silver
In the latest twist in a huge controversy from International CES, the Consumer Electronics Association announced Thursday that it is awarding Dish's Hopper DVR a "Best of Show" award, and also dropping CNET as a media partner of the annual Best of CES award.
DISH's Hopper with Sling Whole-Home HD DVR is now a co-winner of Best of Show, along with previously announced winner Razer Edge gaming tablet.
CEA, in a press release, announced that "CNET editors originally selected the Hopper with Sling as Best of Show before CNET's corporate parent, CBS Corp. forced them to remove the Hopper from consideration due to ongoing litigation between CBS Corp. and DISH over specific features of the Hopper," confirming previous media reports.
For that reason CEA, which has vocally supported Dish in its litigation with CBS and other TV networks and recently filed an amicus brief, to that effect will seek a different partner for future awards.
"CES has enjoyed a long and productive partnership with CNET and the Best of CES awards," CEA senior vice president and conference chief Karen Chupka said in a statement.
"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. We look forward to receiving new ideas to recognize the 'best of the best' products introduced at the International CES."
“We appreciate the International CES’ decision to stand with the consumer in the acknowledgement of this award," Dish CEO Joe Clayton said in a statement. "With today’s announcement, the Consumer Electronics Association demonstrates the roles innovation and leadership must play in our industry.