TV Connect 2014: Roku nabs two awards, predicts demise of DVR

From TV Connect, London

Roku celebrated a double win at the industry’s TV Connect Awards 2014, held on Wednesday 19th March at BAFTA, London. The TV Connect Awards recognise the most impressive innovations around the world each year, and this year saw the highest number of entries in its history, with many categories (including Best TV App, Best TV Experience Enhancement & Best Component/Enabler) doubling and tripling in the number of applicants.

Roku Founder and CEO Anthony Wood was presented with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for services to the IPTV and connected entertainment industry, while the U.S. based company’s flagship streaming player, Roku 3, received the award for ‘Best TV Consumer Device’.

Wood was celebrated as a pioneer in the industry having invented the digital video recorder (DVR) in 1998 and for playing a significant part in transforming how consumers watch TV today with the introduction of the first streaming platform for the TV in 2008. Wood is credited as the founder of seven organisations including Roku, ReplayTV and iband.

Wood said: “As a big TV fan myself I’m always thinking about how to make TV better for everyone. I am proud to accept this industry award, and would like to credit the wider team of people who I have worked with over the years for helping me to achieve so much.”

Meanwhile, in a keynote at this morning’s TV Connect, Wood revealed that he foresees Roku and other services eventually supplanting the DVR. “There’s today and there’s the future,” said Wood. “Today Roku is used by different ways by different customers. The average customer uses it 12-14 hours a week – it’s supplementary. In the future it’s going to replace DVR. “

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