DISH Disappointed with CBS’ Interference with CNET’s “Best of CES” Awards

  DISH Disappointed with CBS’ Interference with CNET’s “Best of CES” Awards

2013 International CES

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- January 10, 2013

DISH’s Hopper™ with Sling® Whole-Home HD DVR was disqualified from CNET’s
“Best of CES” awards program at the last minute today because CNET’s parent,
CBS Corp., is in litigation with DISH regarding Hopper’s consumer-friendly
Prime Time Any Time and the AutoHop™ commercial-skipping features.

After CNET posted a review entitled “Dish Hopper with Sling: HD DVR almost has
it all,” Hopper with Sling was named a finalist by CNET for its Best of CES
awards. Winners were named today at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The following statement can be attributed to DISH CEO and President Joe
Clayton:

“We are saddened that CNET’s staff is being denied its editorial independence
because of CBS’ heavy-handed tactics. This action has nothing to do with the
merits of our new product. Hopper with Sling is all about consumer choice and
control over the TV experience. That CBS, which owns CNET.com, would censor
that message is insulting to consumers.

“DISH is not afraid to stand up for consumer rights and we think that Hopper
with Sling will do well, despite the network’s questionable actions.

“We have had a long, productive relationship with CNET’s editorial staff and
we look forward to continuing that relationship. We welcome their unbiased
evaluation and commentary of our products and services.”

The new Hopper with Sling, unveiled at 2013 CES, delivers several capabilities
that improve the DISH experience at home and on the go by allowing customers
to watch live and recorded television anywhere on Internet-connected tablets,
smartphones and PCs at no additional charge using the Hopper’s new built-in
Sling capabilities as well as move recorded television to an iPad for viewing
without an Internet connection.

Links:

  *CNET review – “Dish Hopper with Sling: HD DVR almost has it all”:
    http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-video-recorders-dvrs/dish-hopper-with-sling/4505-6474_7-35566943.html
  *CNET Tweet – DISH Hopper with Sling Nominated for “Best of CES” award:
    http://twitter.com/CNET/statuses/289090800011313152
  *DISHNews tweet announcing CES nomination (with photo):
    https://twitter.com/DISHNews/status/289115675958579200
  *CNET CES Award Finalists list including a disclaimer at the bottom of the
    page regarding the removal of DISH Hopper with Sling:
    http://ces.cnet.com/2731-34437_1-2034-2.html

Images attached:

  *CNET Review – “Dish Hopper with Sling: HD DVR almost has it all”
  *CNET Tweet – DISH Hopper with Sling Nominated for “Best of CES” award
  *CNET List of Finalist – DISH Hopper with Sling (Included)
  *CNET List of Finalist – DISH Hopper with Sling (Removed)

About DISH

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network
L.L.C., provides approximately 14.042 million satellite TV customers, as of
Sept. 30, 2012, with the highest quality programming and technology with the
most choices at the best value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy
the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels,
the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH
Network Corporation's subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family
entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network
Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.

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Contact:

DISH Network Corporation
John Hall, 303-723-1968
johnw.hall@dish.com
@DISHNews
 
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