The Hopper Tripped Up At CES Awards Program
DISH Network was taken out of the running for a possible CNET award for introducing one of the best products at this week’s CES; that opportunity was snatched away right before the ceremony last night due to pressure from CNET parent CBS Corp., which is suing DISH in California regarding the Hopper. “The DISH Hopper with Sling was removed from consideration due to active litigation involving our parent company CBS Corp,” a CNET statement said. “We will no longer be reviewing products manufactured by companies with which we are in litigation with respect to such product.” Answered a disappointed DISH President/CEO 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.”

Simpler Networks Needed For The ‘Internet Of Things’
IP-based standards ultimately will lead the way when it comes to building out next-gen Smart Grid and Smart Energy networks for the connected home, according to the UPnP Forum. With more than a billion additional UPnP Audio/Video products expected to be shipped by 2014, the group says now is the time for network operators to simplify the connectivity and usability of electronic devices and services within the home to enable the Internet of Things. Forum officials appearing at this week’s CES touted UPnP-certified devices that work on existing home networks for providing a bridge that allows utilities and service providers to communicate via a private IP backbone with their customers. Evolving UPnP Forum standards will allow hardware/software developers to offer secure multivendor operator/subscriber gear that works with both Smart Grid and Smart Energy platforms.

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Nonprofit local broadcast TV streaming service Locast launched in Indianapolis, delivering 42 channels. The streamer is now available in 24 markets. Locast is currently involved in a legal fight with

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