TV Connect, the world’s leading connected entertainment event, today announced the shortlist for the TV Connect Awards 2014. Each year, the TV Connect Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and achievements in the connected entertainment industry. The 10th edition of TV Connect demonstrates a significant shift from traditional broadcast to multiscreen, reflecting the industry’s evolution from single screen to TV Everywhere which is beginning to establish itself as the cornerstone of television.
The shortlist includes market leading players and the best new emerging talent in the connected TV industry. It celebrates the best innovations and solutions in the global IP, TV and connected entertainment markets today. The highly distinguished judging panel provided insight from industry analysts as well as a host of senior representatives from leading service providers and vendors.
Joanna Jones, Events Director for TV Connect, Informa, comments: “Our tenth anniversary shortlist reflects just how much television has changed in the last decade, moving from the relatively straightforward delivery to the TV to providing a rich tapestry of linear and interactive experiences on just about any device with a screen.”
“We have received a record number of submissions this year, demonstrating the creative whirlpool happening right now in the industry. The awards acknowledge the great innovations and technologies which are reshaping our industry, and I look forward to celebrating the innovation of this exciting industry at BAFTA on the 19th March.”
The TV Connect Awards recognise the most disruptive innovations around the world each year. The winners will be announced at the TV Connect Award Ceremony, which will be held on the 19th of March 2014 at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London.
Companies shortlisted for the TV Connect Awards 2014 include:
- Best TV Experience Enhancement
CloudTV AdCast platform by ActiveVideo, Graphyne by Advanced Digital Broadcast SA, Windmill 1.0 by Alticast, MEO Kanal by Portugal Telecom, Universal Video Player by SoftAtHome, OTT TV Service by VOLIA and Yahoo Smart TV by Yahoo!.
- Best Multiscreen Service
LGUPlus’ IPTV platform, MEO GO! by Portugal Telecom, Snap by Sky by Sky Deutschland AG, Virgin TV Anywhere by Virgin Media, Watson platform by Watson Nordic Ltd and ZON Online by ZON Optimus.
- Best Multiscreen TV Solution
Adobe Primetime, DreamGallery Video Navigation Software by ARRIS Group, Elemental Cloud by Elemental Technologies, Huawei Smart Video Solution by Huawei, Tvinci OTT 2.0 platform by Tvinci, VCAS for Internet TV by Verimatrix and Viaccess-Orca’s TV Everywhere Solution by Viaccess-Orca.
- Best Network Technology for IP TV & OTT TV
Broadpeak’s nanoCDN video transparent caching application (nanoCDN VTC) by Broadpeak, Conviva Precision by Conviva, xVu Core Analytics Engine by Mariner, Microsoft PlayReady Content Decryption Module Interface by Microsoft, Opera Devices Software Development Kit (SDK) for the Reference by Opera Software, Witbe’s CDN Video Quality Manager by Witbe.
- Best Service Delivery for IP TV & OTT TV
ARRIS Merchandiser by ARRIS Group, Clearleap platform by Clearleap, Minerva 6.0 Platform by Minerva, nangu.TV media platform by nangu.TV, Opera TV Snap by Opera Software and SmartTUBE SDP by SmartLabs.
- Best TV App
Shortlist: Al Jazeera TV App by Al Jazeera Media Network, Magine by Magine AB, The Weather Network Connected TV Application by Pelmorex Media Inc. (The Weather Network/ MétéoMédia), Download on Mobile by Piksel for Channel 4, MEO Kanal by Portugal Telecom and The Shazam App by Shazam.
- Best Consumer TV Device
Shortlist: Dune HD TV-204 by Dune HD, Roku 3 by Roku, ruwido ‘bubble’ interaction mechanism by ruwido austria gmbh, HyppTV by Telekom Malaysia and HuaWei, YouView+ by YouView and ZTE Mebox with Cloud Manager by ZTE Corporation.
- Best TV On The Move Service
Shortlist: ADB Multi-Screen by Advanced Digital Broadast SA, Ericsson LTE Broadcast solution by Ericsson, MEO GO! by Portugal Telecom, SVELTE by Technicolor, TViN by Telekom Slovenije d.d and Toggle, powered by Tvinci.
- Best Cloud or CDN Service Delivery
Shortlist: Cloud DVR by Alcatel-Lucent, umbrellaCDN by Broadpeak, Huawei CDN Solution by Huawei, SeaChange Cloud Adrenalin by SeaChange International, ClouDream by SK Planet and BYOD Cloudbased Interactive Digital Cable TV by Ziggo.
- Best Live Online TV Service or Solution
Shortlist: tvyo by Dogus Media Group, Vodafone MobileTV mit dem Sky Fußball-Bundesliga-Paket by net mobile AG, MEO GO! by Portugal Telecom, Yomvi by PrisaTV, YouView from TalkTalk by TalkTalk and Virgin TV Anywhere by Virgin Media.
- Best Digital Home Service Innovation
Shortlist: Amino Homereach by Amino, SeaChange Nucleus Soft Box Gateway by SeaChange and Universal Video Player by SoftAtHome.
- Best Component or Enabler
Shortlist: Mesh Technology by AirTies, SyncNow by Civolution, Qualcomm Internet Processor (IPQ) by Qualcomm, HyppTV by Telekom Malaysia, Viaccess-Orca’s Eye on Piracy and Frog by Wyplay.