CEA gives Dish Network 'Best of Show' award for Hopper DVR

Trade group drops CNET as partner in Best of CES program
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Two weeks after CNET dropped Dish Network's (Nasdaq: DISH) Hopper DVR from an awards program it hosts each year with the Consumer Electronics Association because of a court battle between Dish and CNET parent CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS), CEA said Thursday it decided to name Dish a co-winner of its "Best of Show" award.

CEA also said it dropped CNET as a partner for its annual "Best of CES" awards and that it is looking for a new partner. CNET has come under fire after it admitted that its staff had voted to give Dish its "Best of Show" award but decided to drop Dish from the program because of an order handed down from CBS executives. CBS is one of several broadcasters that have accused Dish of copyright infringement for using an AutoHop feature on the Hopper DVR to allow subscribers to automatically remove all commercials from primetime programs that run on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.

"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," CEA president Gary Shapiro said in a prepared statement. The CEA also filed an amicus brief last week that supports Dish in its litigation with CBS.

CNET gave the Razer Edge gaming tablet the Best of Show award after Hopper was eliminated. The CEA said the Razer Edge and Hopper will share the prize.

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