The Videonet Connected TV Awards 2016 are now open. Organised by Videonet and overseen by a panel of independent judges, they recognize outstanding achievement in television services, technology and advertising. This year we have three new categories â€“ â€˜The Data-Driven TV Awardâ€™, â€˜The Big Immersive TV Prizeâ€™ and â€˜Best Advanced Advertising Campaignâ€™. There will also be special citations for â€˜Beating the Ad-blockersâ€™, â€˜Beating the live events piratesâ€™ and â€˜Making TV more millennial-friendlyâ€™.
Justin Lebbon, Conference Director for Connected TV World Summit and Publisher at Videonet, comments: â€œEvery year there are new battles that media companies and their technology partners must fight to ensure share-of-time and share-of-wallet with consumers. The innovation in the television industry is relentless, because it has to be. Once again, and for the fifth year now, we are delighted to provide a platform where visionaries and innovators can show the world what they have achieved.â€
- Video Technology Hero
- The Data-Driven TV Award
- Best TV/Video Service Update or Launch
- Contribution to User Experience
- The Big Immersive TV Prize
- Ad-Tech Hero
- Best Advanced Advertising Campaign
Categories 1-5: Four entries will be shortlisted from each category; there will be one winner and one commended entry. Entries in categories 1-5 will also be considered for â€˜special citationsâ€™ for â€˜Beating the Ad-blockersâ€™, â€˜Beating the live events piratesâ€™ or â€˜Making TV more millennial-friendlyâ€™. As always, the category winners will compete for the prize of â€˜Outstanding Achievement in TV 2016â€™. The deadline for submissions is midnight Pacific time, Friday, January 15.
Categories 6-7: The advertising categories have their own judging panel so cannot be considered for the â€˜Outstanding Achievement in TV 2016â€™ award. Videonet is compiling nominations for these categories â€“ if you want to be considered for them you must provide us with details (stating why, in one paragraph) by Monday, December 14 (midnight Pacific time). The advertising categories are free to enter. Three nominations will be shortlisted by judges in each advertising category before they then decide the winners.
Shortlists will be announced on March 1 and the awards results will be announced at the Videonet Connected TV Awards ceremony on March 16 (held at the end of Day One during Connected TV World Summit 2016).
All categories except advertising:
â€¢ Ben Schwarz, CEO, CTOi Consulting
â€¢ William Cooper, Founder and Chief Executive, informitv
â€¢ Ian Nock, Managing Director, Fairmile West
â€¢ Graham Lovelace, Director, Lovelace Consulting
â€¢ Jay Chinnadorai, Managing Director, Sumtotal
â€¢ David Mercer, VP, Principal Analyst, Digital Consumer Practice, Strategy Analytics
â€¢ Steve Hawley, Principal Analyst & Consultant, tvstrategies
â€¢ Harish Reddy, CEO, Acceleredge, LLC
â€¢ Jack Davison, Managing Consultant, 3Vision
â€¢ Matthieu de Chanville, Senior Principal, A.T. Kearney
â€¢ Ned Wiley, Independent Consultant
â€¢ Tom Thomas, Senior Security Consultant, Farncombe
â€¢ Stephen Featham, Founder, Aspect 23 Limited
â€¢ John Moulding, Editor, Videonet
â€¢ Simon Thomas, Global Director â€“ Audiences Research, GroupM
â€¢ Niko MuÃ±oz, Hunter-in-Chief, Innovation Hunters Network
â€¢ Stephen Adshead, Strategy Director, MTM London
â€¢ Andrew Rosenman, President, Arise Communications Inc.
â€¢ Jean-Paul Edwards, Strategy and Product Development Director EMEA, OMD
â€¢ Ned Wiley, Independent Consultant
â€¢ David Brennan, Founder, MEDIA NATIVE
For questions about how the awards work, how to enter, judging, etc. contact John Moulding, Editor-in-Chief, Videonet. For questions about marketing, logos and partnerships, contact Justin Lebbon, Publisher, Videonet. Contact details are here.
â€˜Best TV/Video Service Update or Launchâ€™ winner: Swisscom, supported by Verimatrix for Swisscom TV 2.0 with secure linear TV over UDP to Android-based set-top box. â€˜Contribution to User Experienceâ€™ winner: Accedo for Accedo AppGrid cloud-based solution for control and configuration of multiscreen and STB applications. â€˜The Multiscreen & Streaming Prizeâ€™ winner: Harmonic for â€˜IP Video to All Screensâ€™ unified multicast HTTP ABR delivery architecture. â€™Video Technology Heroâ€™ winner: Harmonic for Harmonic VOS software-based and virtualizable platform for broadcast and multiscreen media processing. â€˜Achievement in Advertisingâ€™ winner: TagvanceMedia & LiquidThread Turkey for Kara Para AsÌ§k synchronised second screen app experience. â€˜Outstanding Achievement in TV 2015â€™ winner: Harmonic for â€˜IP Video to All Screensâ€™. The full 2015 results here.
Video Technology Hero
Once again, we are looking for technology heroes â€“ the solutions (or standards/specifications) that are solving the big problems or opening the door to the major opportunities in the television and video markets. The technology must be used to enable or support (directly or indirectly) the delivery of a television/video service. Technologies can come from every part of the delivery chain, from data centers and headend or playout facilities through broadcast or CDN networks to home routers and gateways and other end-user devices.
The Data-Driven TV Award
This award recognizes technologies, services or projects that demonstrate how data can be used to enhance a media business. Entries might cover the gathering, aggregation, processing or presentation of data and typical examples would include efforts to improve video service QoS and QoE, churn management, product and content marketing, search and recommendation, metadata management, content acquisition and advanced advertising (e.g. audience measurement including set-top box reporting, household profiling, audience segmentation, targeted advertising, sales attribution, etc.)
Best TV/Video Service Update or Launch
This award is for companies who have updated an existing TV or video service as well as those who have launched a new one. Recognizing that incremental upgrades will find it hard to compete with new services in terms of their overall impact and likely volume of innovation, the judges are being asked to judge any updates on narrower terms, considering the benefits of new features/approaches and their implications for the user experience and service. For both upgrades and new launches we are looking for business, technology, marketing or consumer experience achievements and the potential for evolving or changing television (for upgrades and launches) and the wider marketplace (for launches).
Contribution to User Experience
This category rewards service providers (for delivering) and technology/solutions providers (for enabling) notable advances in the entertainment experience related to television. It embraces user experiences on the main television screen, user experiences that rely on the combination of the main and secondary screens (i.e. â€˜Second Screenâ€™ and â€˜Companion Screenâ€™ experiences) and user experiences available on multiscreen devices. We will welcome examples from every part of the television spectrum, from immersive TV (e.g. UHD broadcast, UHD user interfaces) to a new programme guide or search facility, to a social media app integration. The judges will be looking for concepts (including unproven concepts, although additional credit will be given to ideas that are deployed and proven) that increase attention, engagement and loyalty, and which establish a closer relationship between a content owner (and their content) or service provider and the viewer/consumer. We will welcome any examples of how the relationship between a television/video related media company and consumer can be expanded, whether into new areas of entertainment (e.g. the integration of OTT SVOD services into a platform operator user interface) or into other parts of our lives (e.g. a TV user interface that encompasses some Smart Home features, or a multiscreen service that geo-tracks us and delivers weather and sports alerts during the day, wrapped within the media company brand, etc.)
The Big Immersive TV Prize
This category is for technology solutions (capture, storage, contribution, video processing, distribution, networks, decoding, display, etc.), proofs-of-concept, demonstrations, implementations, technical specifications/standards initiatives and marketing initiatives, etc., that will open the door to notably improved consumer viewing experiences. The experience must be â€˜notably improvedâ€™ compared to typical broadcast HDTV. Entries could therefore relate to video that harnesses higher frame rates, higher resolutions, higher dynamic range and better audio, etc., using any delivery method (streaming or broadcast, on-demand, download or linear, e.g.). Services and technologies related to HDR, 4K, UHD, 3D, 8K and Virtual Reality would clearly fit into this category. The judges will be asked to favour technology/services/concepts with a reasonable possibility of being delivered over a wired or wireless network to consumer homes or devices within the next five years. Therefore â€˜really bigâ€™ and radical video ideas are as welcome as a deployed 4K or UHD service.
You cannot submit an entry to this category. Videonet (part of Hubble Media, which also owns Future TV Advertising Forum and Future TV Advertising Forum Canada), is creating a list of nominations for technologies that will be considered by the judges. Our judges can also propose technologies that should be shortlisted. If you have an ad-tech solution you believe should be considered, please contact John Moulding before Monday, December 14, 2015. Contact details here. We are looking for any technology (whether supplied by a vendor or deployed by an agency, trading desk, broadcaster, publisher, platform operator, etc.) that advances the cause of video advertising in any of its forms (interactive, interruptive, native, product placement, etc.) and displayed on any â€˜mediaâ€™ (television, online, mobile, social, etc.). We are looking for technologies with the proven capacity or potential to â€˜move the needleâ€™ in the video advertising marketplace, whether it means improving measurement or attribution, audience definition, targeting and reach, campaign management and delivery, impact and efficiency, etc.
Best Advanced Advertising Campaign
You cannot submit an entry to this category. In cooperation with our judges, Videonet (part of Hubble Media, which also owns Future TV Advertising Forum and Future TV Advertising Forum Canada), is creating a nominations list for campaigns that demonstrate the potential of advanced video advertising concepts, processes and technologies to improve video-centric marketing. We are looking for campaigns that delivered on ambitious objectives. We will favour campaigns that were innovative and â€˜broke new groundâ€™. If you were involved in a campaign that you would like to be considered, please contact John Moulding before Monday, December 14, 2015. Contact details here.
There are two specific technology battles that the television industry must win â€“ against the live events pirates and against the ad-blockers. For this reason we will be asking the judges to highlight (cite) entries they think deserve separate recognition for addressing these challenges. We are also asking them to highlight entries they think help to make TV more millennial-friendly. In each of these three areas, the most cited entry will be recognized with:
- Special citation for Beating the Ad-blockers
- Special citation for Beating the live events pirates
- Special citation for Making TV more millennial-friendly.