A couple of weeks back, CBS Corp barred subsidiary tech news site CNET from presenting a Consumer Electronics Show best-in-show award to Dish’s new Hopper With Sling because of Dish’s pending litigation with CBS. Now it turns out that CNET is barred from reviewing any product or service directly implicated in a CBS lawsuit, according to TheVerge.com. CNET called attention to the broader ban in a new report on a significant update to the Barry Diller-backed streaming-TV startup service Aereo — which has been sued by CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. The update included a new interface that adds access via Roku and that device’s remote. CBS’ policy against reviewing products or services involved in litigation with the company doesn’t include a ban on reporting news, so CNET tiptoed around “reviewing” the Aereo update while also calling attention to the restriction. The story is as much about the major networks’ lawsuits against Aereo as it is about the service update. In the CES situation, Dish turned the tables on CBS, using the corporate ban on the CES best-in-show award in advertising for new subscribers.
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By DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor | Monday January 14, 2013 @ 10:27am PSTTags: CBS, CES, CNET, Dish Network
UPDATE, 11:53 AM: CBS has a response of sorts to the charge by former CNET media writer Greg Sandoval that it compromised the site’s integrity by refusing to let editors present a “Best of CES” award to Dish …