CBS and its pending lawsuits are getting in the way of CNET.com editors once again, but this time for a video-streaming service. Aereo, the popular video-streaming service that allows users to watch live over-the-air TV through an internet connection has been locked into a tiring lawsuit with several media companies–among them is CBS.
On Monday CNET did manage to write a small story about a new update to Aereo, however they did include a little snippet that has huge implications for media journalism and parent-company censoring of technology reviews. In the article was a disclosure that read, ” CBS, the parent corporation of CNET, is currently in active litigation with Aereo as to the legality of its service. As a result of that conflict of interest, CNET cannot review that service going forward.”
Earlier this month CBS forced CNET to not give an award for Dish Network ad-skipping Hopper DVR device due to a pending lawsuit between CBS and Dish Network over the legality of the issue. CBS later released a statement to inform readers that CNET nor any of its other owned-websites would be able to provide reviews for products the company has pending litigation with.
As has been noted before, many cable providers and networks are claiming that since Aereo is streaming broadcaster signals without permission, they are breaking the law. Additionally, they argue that Aereo is simply using it as a way to circumvent the per-subscriber retransmission fees that many current cable and satellite providers are required to pay.
Aereo has yet to comment on the review snub from CNET, however in all likelihood they could follow in the footsteps of Dish and use the snub as a way to generate even more buzz for their streaming service.