Dish can now remove the asterisk.

Dish Gives Itself The Award That CBS Stopped CNET From Giving

A week after CBS execs told the editors of CNET they could not give its Best Of Show award to Dish’s Hopper DVR because the broadcaster is suing Dish over the device, their decision has backfired, with the satellite TV provider using the incident as a way to promote their product. [More]

CNET reporter Greg Sandoval quit his job this morning, saying, "I no longer have confidence that CBS is committed to editorial independence."

CNET Writer Quits Over Anti-Hopper Order That Reportedly Came Directly From CBS CEO

Late last week, we told you that CNET had been told it could not even consider Dish’s ad-skipping Hopper DVR for an award because CNET’s parent company, CBS, was involved in a lawsuit over the device. Now comes news that a CNET reporter has quit over the directive, which one report says came straight from CBS CEO Les Moonves. [More]

CNET Not Allowed To Consider Dish’s Hopper DVR For Award Because Of CBS Lawsuit

CNET Not Allowed To Consider Dish’s Hopper DVR For Award Because Of CBS Lawsuit

Last spring, Dish Network introduced its ad-skipping Hopper DVR and was quickly sued by the networks. Now, CNET can’t consider the device for its “Best of CES” award because of the suit filed by CBS. [More]

Marriott Bans Pay-Per-View Porn From New Hotels

Marriott Bans Pay-Per-View Porn From New Hotels

Business travelers looking for an expense-account friendly way to unwind after a hard day on the road may want to skip new Marriott hotels if their tastes turn to “sophisticated” entertainment. The chain has announced that the in-room entertainment systems in those hotels won’t offer adult video-on-demand options. [More]

Guy Tries To Give Up Cable, Wimps Out In Under A Month

Guy Tries To Give Up Cable, Wimps Out In Under A Month

A Cnet editor and his wife tried to “cut the cord” and ditch his pricey FiOs cable bundle, and either get their content free or through online downloads. Less than a month later, he’s back on the sauce. What a milksop! [More]

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  • MPAA Asks FCC For Control Of Your TV's Analog Outputs

    MPAA Asks FCC For Control Of Your TV's Analog Outputs

    The Motion Picture Association of American wants to rent movies to TV viewers earlier in the release window, but they don’t want anyone potentially streaming that video out to other appliances. That’s why last week they went back to the FCC to once again ask for the power to disable analog ports on consumer television sets.

    Slingbox Offers Fantastic Post-Warranty Service, Wins Customer's Love

    Slingbox Offers Fantastic Post-Warranty Service, Wins Customer's Love

    After reading dozens of stories about companies doing whatever they can to get out of honoring a customer’s warranty, it’s a relief to find a situation which is the exact opposite of that.

    http://consumerist.com/2009/04/16/all-the-outrage-over-sling/

    All the outrage over Sling Media’s iPhone app—which would have only worked with the latest Slingbox models—may have been moot. Boy Genius Report says they’ve received a tip that AT&T asked Apple to kill the app due to concerns about potential bandwidth drain. Update: JosephFinn points out that the tip is likely fake, as the IP address came from a prison. [IntoMobile]

    Sling Media's $50 Discount Worthless, Might Even End Up Costing You More

    Sling Media's $50 Discount Worthless, Might Even End Up Costing You More

    When Sling Media finally released their iPhone app last week, they conveniently turned off access to older Slingbox devices in order to force customers to buy newer models. As a gesture—only a gesture, nothing more—of their gratitude toward existing customers who supported them by already buying Slingboxes, they offered a $50 credit toward the purchase of a newer model.

    http://consumerist.com/2009/04/02/dont-bother-with-the-new/

    Don’t bother with the new SlingPlayer app for the iPhone unless you own one of the newest Slingbox devices. For some reason—Engadget speculates it’s financial, not technical—the app won’t work with older Slingboxes. [Engadget] (Thanks to Alejandro!)

    AT&T Charges $27,788.93 To Watch A Bears Game On Your Laptop

    AT&T Charges $27,788.93 To Watch A Bears Game On Your Laptop

    Wayne has an AT&T wireless card that he uses in combination with his Slingbox to watch TV while he travels. It’s normally a good system, but he recently got a shockingly huge bill after watching about 2 1/2 hours of a Bears game while waiting for his cruise to depart Miami.

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