Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Jan 2013 22:11 UTC
In the News "Apparently, executives at CBS learned that the Hopper would win 'Best of Show' prior to the announcement. Before the winner was unveiled, CBS Interactive News senior-vice president and General Manager Mark Larkin informed CNET's staff that the Hopper could not take the top award. The Hopper would have to be removed from consideration, and the editorial team had to re-vote and pick a new winner from the remaining choices. Sources say that Larkin was distraught while delivering the news - at one point in tears - as he told the team that he had fought CBS executives who had made the decision." And this is why media owned by larger media conglomerates (or by large companies in general) should always be treated with a certain amount of scepticism. This may be an open and shut case, but more subtle interference can be felt every single day as you read the media.
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Actually, I've heard of Dish, but this is the first time I've heard of this product.

I just checked their website, but still don't quite understand what is the special part about it that makes it deserve a Best in Show award.

Since I stopped watching television about ten years ago, my knowledge on all things television related is somewhat limited to say the least, but aren't there dozens of similar products on the market? Is it the integration with their own services that makes it special? And is this integration also the main issue CBS has with them?

I feel I'm missing something here.

If I get it right, the distinctive feature of the Hopper is that it comes with automated TV ad blocking (aka "Auto Hop") when some conditions are met.

This is a fairly bold move, since most TV today is based on a hybrid funding model that combines advertising with other sources of revenue. If such a feature became mainstream, TV channels would basically have to give up on ad-based funding, unless advertisers are stupid enough to believe that people would knowingly watch ads if given the option to do otherwise.

But considering that TV is one of the media that can move most easily to an ad-free model, and seeing the overall poor quality of European and US TV ads, I wouldn't be against such a scenario myself ;)

Edited 2013-01-15 10:30 UTC

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