CES Drops CNET For Best In Show Awards

The association cut ties with CNET after the tech site was forced to remove Dish's Hopper device from consideration for Best of Show at the 2013 International CES. As part of the announcement, CEA named Hopper a co-winner of Best of Show. CEA will issue a request for proposal to identify a new partner to run the Best of CES awards program.

The Consumer Electronics Association has severed ties with CBS-owned tech news site CNET, dropping it as the partner for its annual Best of CES awards.

THE CEA also named Dish Network’s Hopper with Sling a co-winner of Best in Show at the 2013 International CES, sharing the award with the Razer Edge gaming tablet.

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The moves come after CBS forced CNET to remove the Hopper from consideration for the award due to ongoing litigation between CBS Corp. and Dish over specific features of the device. CNET had initially chosen Hopper as Best In Show.

“The CNET editorial team identified the Hopper Sling as the most innovative product of the show, and we couldn’t agree more,” Karen Chupka, senior VP for events and conferences for CEA, said in a statement. “The Hopper with Sling and the Razer Edge both represent the best of the exciting, innovative technology introduced at the 2013 CES. We are pleased to recognize both products as Best of Show.”

CEA said it will issue a request for proposal to identify a new partner to run the Best of CES awards program.

“CES has enjoyed a long and productive partnership with CNET and the Best of CES awards,” stated Chupka. “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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