TV Connect has announced the shortlist for the 2015 TV Connect Awards.
The awards reward new solutions and technologies that provide more immersive TV experiences for consumers, generate new monetisation opportunities and improve delivery to new devices. The 2015 edition of the TV Connect Awards will be held on April 29th at the Gherkin in Central London.
Each year, the TV Connect Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and achievements in the connected entertainment industry. With more entries and a higher quality than ever before, the 11th edition of the TV Connect Awards reflects the industry’s continued efforts to push the boundaries of 4K, cloud TV, multiscreen, OTT, TV Everywhere, VoD and more. The Awards shortlist is as follows:
Best TV Experience Enhancement: Beamly with Votely, Freesat with the Freesat App, iFeelSmart with Andromeda, Ixonos with The Ixonos Super App™, MEO with MEO 3.0 – New TV User Experience, and UPC with YouTube and TV Apps on existing set-top boxes by UPC Hungary
Best Multiscreen TV Service: Selevision with Selevision (Entertainment On Demand & Television OTT Services), Swisscom AG with Swisscom TV 2.0, Turkcell Superonline with Turkcell TV Plus, TVPlayer with TVPlayer, Virgin Media with Virgin TV Anywhere, and VOO with Be tv, powered by NAGRA
Best Multiscreen TV Solution: Elemental with Elemental Delta, Harmonic with VOS, Huawei Technologies LLC with Huawei VideoEverywhere Solution, Netgem with EE TV, PerceptionTV Ltd with Perception™, Thomson Video Networks with ViBE VS7000 Multiscreen Video Platfom Powered by MediaFlex Operating System, and Verimatrix with Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™)
Best Network Technology for IP TV & OTT TV: ARRIS Group Inc. with ARRIS ME-7000 Converged Video Compression Platform, Harmonic with IP Video to All Screens Solution, S3 Group with Storm Test Warning Center, SoftAtHome with ScreenAtHome Live redistribution, and ZTE Corporation with ZTE iCDN
Best Service Delivery Platform for IP TV & OTT TV: Deutsche Telekom AG with LiveStream Perform, IUNetworks LLC with T5 IPTV+OTT Solution, Minerva Networks with Minerva 10, SeaChange International with SeaChange Rave, T-mobile Czech Republic with its OTT solution, and ZTE Corporation with ZTE iCDN
Best TV App: iFeelSmart with Andromeda, Norigin Media with T-Mobile – SKY Bundesliga TV Service (Norigin’s Multiscreen Hybrid Apps), Plex with Plex App, Screenz with Screenz Real Time Platform – for Rising Star, TiVo Inc. with TiVo App for iOS and Android Devices, and TVPlayer with TVPlayer
Best TV Consumer Device: AirTies with Air4920, DUNE HD with DUNE HD Connect Hybrid Series, eyeSight Technologies with Singlecue, Ruwido Austria with Leaf, TiVo Inc. with TiVo Roamio, and YouView with YouView
Best TV Everywhere Service: Turner Latin America with Kaltura and IBM with TNTGO Mobile TV App, Viaccess-Orca with Voyage – TV Everywhere solution, and Virgin Media with Virgin TV Anywhere
Best Cloud or CDN Service Delivery: ActiveVideo with CloudTV(TM) StreamCast, Akamai Technologies with Akamai Adaptive Media Delivery service, Alcatel-Lucent with CDN-assisted private copy Cloud DVR, Elemental with Elemental Cloud, Huawei Technologies with Huawei uCDN solution, and Sky Italia with Sky IT CDN Selector
Best Live Online TV Service or Solution: Akamai Technologies with Akamai Adaptive Media Delivery service, MPP Global with eSuite, Norigin Media with T-Mobile – SKY Bundesliga TV Service (Norigin’s Multiscreen Hybrid Apps), SKY Deutschland AG with Sky Online, Virgin Media with Virgin TV Anywhere, and VOO with Be TV, powered by NAGRA
Best Component or Enabler: Bridge Technologies with Golden TS, Irdeto with Irdeto Keys & Credentials, Marvell Technology Group Ltd with ARMADA 1500 PRO 4K, SeaChange International with SeaChange Nucleus, Sky Italia with 2Step Encoder, and V-Nova with Perseus.
Joanna Jones, Events Director at Informa Telecoms and Media, commented: “This year’s entries for the TV Connect Awards showcase that the market is overflowing with innovation. This year’s judging panel, featuring a number of the Connected100, decided on shortlist featuring all the most advanced technologies and solutions in the industry and we’re looking forward to disclosing how cutting edge all these entries are at the TV Connect Awards ceremony on April 29th.“
“On behalf of the judging panel, I would like to congratulate all the shortlisted products and companies for enabling us to discover what the next generation of connected entertainment will look like,” concluded Jones.