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CNET Parent CBS Blocks Review and Award To Dish Over Legal Dispute 138

Coldeagle writes "It looks as if CNET's parent company, CBS, has laid down the law: 'Just one day after CNet named the Dish "Hopper," a new TV recording system that's drawing rave reviews in the tech press, to an awards shortlist, the site's parent company stepped in and nixed the accolade. Because of a legal battle between CBS and Dish over the Hopper's ad-skipping technology, CBS laid down a ban: CNet won't be allowed to even review Dish products, much less give them awards.' Got to love modern day freedom of the press!"
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CNET Parent CBS Blocks Review and Award To Dish Over Legal Dispute

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  • Makes sense (Score:5, Interesting)

    by msobkow ( 48369 ) on Friday January 11, 2013 @08:41PM (#42563823) Homepage Journal

    If they're in court over the device, they sure don't want any of their subsidiaries reviewing or commenting on the devices. That would provide the opposition with ammunition in court, and could even lead to a dismissal of the case because they didn't keep their opinions and comments in the court system instead of in public.

  • by multicoregeneral ( 2618207 ) on Friday January 11, 2013 @09:20PM (#42564081) Homepage
    So Microsoft owned Slate for the longest time. A few years. Everything was going swimmingly until Slate named Firefox the browser of the year. Microsoft never told them they couldn't do that, but it didn't take Microsoft long to divest themselves of the media outlet.
  • by GrandCow ( 229565 ) on Friday January 11, 2013 @11:20PM (#42564817)

    I seem to be the only person out of my social circle that remembers Tivo getting neutered back in the early 2000's because of features that were less impressive than this. IIRC Tivo was sued by multiple companies because of the 30-second-skip button on their remotes. They eventually had to disable it (you could always re-enable it if you knew what to do) because advertisers wanted their commercials watched, at least in fast forward.

    Now we have the hopper just a few years later. It does the same thing the Tivo did, but it's automatic now, and you don't even see the start of the commercial like you did with the Tivo. Only this time it's being marketed by one of the distribution companies, so they'll grease a few advertiser palms and keep going on their merry way. Hooray for our legal system!

  • History repeats (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Rambo Tribble ( 1273454 ) on Saturday January 12, 2013 @10:42AM (#42567173) Homepage
    How do you think the Hearst empire was built?

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