zeebox, the social TV app that combines programme guide, Tweets and friend connections on the second screen, was the overall winner at the Connected TV Awards 2012 today. The company also walked away with the Companion Screen Prize at a ceremony at Connected TV Summit. The winners of the â€˜Outstanding Connected TV Serviceâ€™ category were BBC iPlayer, BBC News connected TV app, and JAZZTELâ€™s JAZZBOX. The three winners of the â€˜Outstanding Technology Innovationâ€™ category were DIRECTV & Samsung RUI Client/Server Solution with RVU, Accedo Application Sphere and TV App Agency Engine.
There were 75 entries in the annual awards, reflecting the dynamism and innovation around the Connected TV and second screen space. Justin Lebbon, Conference Director at Connected TV Summit, which organises the awards, comments: â€œThe Connected TV market is evolving very quickly and is changing the way television is being delivered, and that is reflected in these awards. The judges were looking for services and technology solutions that were innovative and which met market needs, and there was fierce competition, so our congratulations to the winners.â€
Here are the full results
The Companion Screen Prize
FINALISTS â€“ never.no, Synchronized Companion App Framework; zeebox; ZON, IRIS
WINNER â€“ zeebox
Outstanding Connected TV Service
FINALISTS â€“ BBC News connected TV app; ZON, IRIS; Vodafone TV (Germany); BBC iPlayer; Connect TV; JAZZTEL, JAZZBOX.
WINNERS â€“ JAZZTEL, JAZZBOX; BBC News connected TV app; BBC iPlayer
Outstanding Technology Innovation
FINALISTS â€“ DIRECTV & Samsung RUI Client/Server Solution with RVU; Connect TV; Jinni; TV App Agency Engine; Accedo Application Sphere; NDS VideoGuard Connect.
WINNERS â€“ DIRECTV & Samsung RUI Client/Server Solution with RVU; TV App Agency Engine; Accedo Application Sphere
The judges for 2012 were: Ben Schwarz, CEO, CTOi Consulting; William Cooper, Founder and Chief Executive, informitv; Ian Nock, Managing Director, Altim Media; Graham Lovelace, Director, Lovelace Consulting; Jay Chinnadorai, Managing Director, Sumtotal; Stephen Adshead, Associate Director, MTM London; Richard Griffiths, Partner, Richard Griffiths Contracting; David Mercer, VP, Principal Analyst, Strategy Analytics; Jack Davison, Managing Consultant, 3Vision; Steven Hawley, Principal Analyst & Consultant, TV Strategies, and John Moulding, Editor, Videonet.
More details about the awards here.