Winners announced for 2012 ConnectedWorld.TV Awards
CONTENT AWARDS CATEGORY
Award for best use of online video by a broadcaster
This award recognises TV programmes that successfully exploit online content, information or interactivity to enrich the linear TV experience.
Winner: Social Media Factory for Live in Chelsea
What the judges said: “Social Media Factory demonstrated the goal of not only producing traction with ads, they also got people off traditional TV and onto the online platform”.
Award for best use of online video by a non-broadcaster
Open to any organisation with limited access to broadcast distribution this Award recognises how the Connected World has been successfully exploited to deliver multimedia and TV-style content to a defined target audience.
Winner: Visual Unity for Topfun
What the judges said: “The availability of Topfun’s content on a wide variety of connected devices is underlined by impressive take-up”.
CONTENT DISCOVERY AWARDS
Content Discovery Awards recognise how apps are helping viewers locate and access content of interest or gain an enhanced experience while watching TV.
Award for best native app for connected TV
Winner: EaselTV with OOyala & Paywizard for All3Media
What the judges said: “We liked the integrated thinking and approach to delivering content to the customer and including the ability to purchase content in the app.”
Award for best native app for a portable device
Winner: ANT Software for ANT Galio Move
What the judges said: “Clever but simple leverage of the increasing consumer use of second screens.”
Award for best web app
Winner: France Télévisions, with IBM and Novius for “Eurobuzz”
What the judges said: “Creating a Web experience around an event like Eurovision is using the technology to enhance the social and cultural experience and giving the viewer the opportunity of being a participant. Well done to France Televisions and IBM”.
CONNECTED CONSUMER AWARDS
Connected Consumer Awards acknowledge the companies, products and services that are enabling new content consumption experiences.
Award for connected home display device of the year
Winner: Cisco for ISB7005 wireless set top box
What the judges said: “Cisco’s wireless set top box “meets a real consumer need for flexible use of TV equipment without the plumbing”.
Award for connected home networking award
Winner is: AirTies Networks for Air 4742
What the judges said: “Airties have made really positive contribution to moving home networking on, with services that span ALL connected devices.” They described the entry as “really impressive”.
Award for online video services of the year
Winner: CJ Hellovision for Tving
What the judges said: “This Korean company has reached out to the content providers and focused their technology on reaching consumers anywhere and anytime and that makes them the online video service of the year”.
CONNECTED INDUSTRY AWARDS
The Connected Industry Awards seek out the innovative technology companies who are providing the platforms and infrastructure that create the new and secure routes to market required for a sustainable connected content industry.
The original Award for TV Service Delivery Platforms has been expanded into two sub-categories:
- Applications, techniques and toolsets that are giving rise to new business models
- Services, platforms and architectures that are delivering these business models
Award for TV service delivery – applications, techniques and toolsets
Winner: Vision 247 for Xtremel IPTV
The judges described Vision247’s solution as “scalable and very user and broadcaster friendly”.
Award for TV service delivery – services, platforms & architectures
Winner: Viaccess – Orca for IPTV/OTT Service delivery platform
In a tight category, Viaccess-Orca took the award due to its integration with TV recommendation combined with OTT/TV Everywhere technologies and security.
Award for content security
Winner: NDS for VideoGuard Connect
The judges said that world-class security and an unrivalled road map make NDS a touch competitor.
CONNECTED CONTENT TECHNOLOGY AWARDS
Connected Content Technology Awards highlight the advances in the industry’s ability to manage, manipulate and present streamed and on-demand content.
The two categories offered originally have been sub-divided into five distinct sub-categories in order to give due recognition to the skills and ingenuity of engineers who are driving the industry forward.
Award for new CDN networks & service delivery technologies
Winner: Vision 247 for Freeview Connected TV
What the judges said: “Vision 247's structure and scalability gave it an edge over some extremely tough and highly-competent competition”.
Award for streaming technologies
Winner: RGB Networks for TransAct Packager
The judges commended RGB Networks for a solution that has the intelligence to deliver the best possible experience over variable- and low-bandwidth networks.
Award for Innovative workflow and platform solutions
Winner: Alcatel Lucent for Velocix
The judges were impressed by some big name deployments for the Alcatel Lucent’s Velocix solution which originates content closer to consumers, so that multiscreen unicast traffic only has to travel through the last-mile access infrastructure.
Award for Middleware & CPE Technology
Winner: NAGRA for Open TV
What the judges said: “Nagra has some world-beating products that wholly serve the market with tangible benefits and affordable scalability.”
Award for Interfaces, applications and browsers
Winner: SoftAtHome for SoftAtHome operating platform
What the judges said: “SoftAtHome is leading the trend for solutions that combine media delivery with in home automation services”.
CONNECTED.TV TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR
From the submissions in the Connected Industry and Connected Content Technology categories, judges were asked to nominate one entry that they feel could have the biggest impact on the business of content everywhere.
Winner: Viaccess –Orca for Unified Service Platform
What the judges said: “It's very difficult to reduce all of these entries down to a single standout, but Viaccess-Orca beats the odds by providing a unique combination of a strong TV middleware offering, proven CAS and a class-leading recommendation platform – and the proof that it’s deployed in France Telecom, one of the world’s largest IPTV service providers”.
PREMIER AWARD – CONNECTEDWORKD,TV BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The highest honour bestowed at the Awards, the ConnectedWorld.TV Broadcaster of the Year is awarded to the broadcaster considered to have done most to advance the concept of ‘content everywhere’ by demonstrating a clear vision of how the Connected World can complement traditional broadcast distribution.
What the judges said: “The BBC really pushed out the boat in terms of second screen and connected TV, working closely with device manufacturers. Their Olympic coverage was truly impressive.”