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CNET Owner CBS Corp. Pulls One of CNET's Best of Consumer Electronics Show Awards. Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, Cries 'Censorship' NY Post

CBS Corp, which owns the respected tech website CNET, stepped in at the last minute to prevent one of the prestigious CNET Best of CES Awards to be presented, reports The New York Post.

Just before Dish was set to receive an award at the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for its Hopper DVR device, CBS Corp. stepped in to stop the award from being presented, The Post reports.

The Hopper allows viewers to skip through commercials in programs that they record.

According to the story, "Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association, which produces CES, told The Post he hopes CBS will reconsider. 'We are extremely disappointed that CBS has interfered with CNET’s Best of CES Awards,' he said. 'Due to a pending lawsuit, CNET parent CBS is practicing censorship.'

"CBS Interactive [the division of CBS Corp. under which CNET resides] said in response that 'The Dish Hopper with Sling was removed from consideration due to active litigation involving our parent company CBS Corp. We will no longer be reviewing products manufactured by companies with which we are in litigation with respect to such product.'

"A Dish spokesman told The Post, 'It’s a shame. It’s reflective of CBS’s lack of acceptance of what the consumer wants.'"