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CES Ditches CNET After CBS Scandal Over Dish's Hopper 123

An anonymous reader writes in about the latest fallout from CNET's parent company, CBS banning Dish Network's hopper from reviews and award lists. "The Consumer Electronics Association has not only today bestowed its Best in Show title upon the same Dish Network product that started this whole mess in the first place — in the same release, the group says it will no longer work with CNET. CES has enjoyed a long and productive partnership with CNET and the Best of CES awards,' said Karen Chupka, the CEA's senior vice president for events and conferences. "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.""
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CES Ditches CNET After CBS Scandal Over Dish's Hopper

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  • Re:Quick (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 31, 2013 @09:26PM (#42757523)

    I didn't say it wasn't censorship. I said it wasn't the Streisand Effect. Those are 2 different things. The Streisand Effect implies censorship, but censorship doesn't imply the Streisand Effect. The Streisand Effect had absolutely nothing to do with this story.

  • Re:Quick (Score:5, Informative)

    by hawguy ( 1600213 ) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @09:56PM (#42757699)

    From the Wikipedia page [wikipedia.org]:

    The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.

    Isn't that exactly what happened? CBS didn't want the product to earn the award (thus giving it greater recognition and popularity), so they told CNet not to grant it the award, thereby causing extra press attention focused on the product.

    If that's not enough to sway you, how about an article from the guy who is widely recognized as starting the phrase "The Streisand Effect", where he also says that this is an example of the effect?

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130111/00145421637/just-how-dumb-is-it-cbs-to-block-cnet-giving-dish-award.shtml [techdirt.com]

    by Mike Masnick

    Hello Streisand Effect. There were approximately one gazillion articles this week about products coming out of CES, and the place was wall to wall with journalists -- probably half of whom were coming up with their own "best of" lists. Most people were completely saturated with CES stories and would barely glance at such a story. Except... now, tons of people are suddenly finding out about this awesome Dish DVR, the Hopper with Slingbox.

    I think that when the guy that coined the phrase calls it the Streisand Effect, you pretty much have to go with what he says.

  • by irving47 ( 73147 ) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @11:38PM (#42758197) Homepage

    In a nutshell, CNET liked the Dish Networks DVR (digital video recorder) and publicly said so.
    CBS (Used to stand for Columbia Broadcasting System) is suing Dish.
    CBS owns CNET, and said, you can't say nice things about someone we're suing!
    So now CES (Consumer Electronics Show) says CNET can no longer have input to decide the winner of the "Best of Show" award because they have a clear (mandated from their parent company) bias.

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