In 1994, with the help of Fox Network co-founder Kevin Wendle and former Disney creative associate Dan Baker, CNET produced four pilot television programs about computers, technology, and the Internet.
CNet, which is short for Computer Network, publishes reviews regarding computers, cell phones, and other types of technology equipment, in addition to news, blogs, and podcasts.
The company originally produced content for radio and television in addition to its website and now uses new media distribution methods through its internet television network, CNet Video, and its podcast and blog networks.
CNet also publishes region-specific and language-specific additions, including Chinese, Spanish, Korean, French, and German.
In September 2020, Red Ventures acquired CNet for $500 million.
The website has thousands of programs or apps that can be downloaded for free. While CNet claims that all programs are free from viruses or malware, this isn’t always true.
CNet maintains a corporate office in San Francisco, California.