Geneva, October 26, 2021 – The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing open standards for advanced interactive TV services through broadcast and broadband networks to connected TV sets and set-top boxes, is proud to announce the shortlists of entries nominated for the HbbTV Awards 2021, showcasing and celebrating excellence in the HbbTV community.
The finalists are (in alphabetical order):
Best HbbTV scale-up project
- Bayerische Medien Technik GmbH: HbbTV-Rating-Monitor (Germany)
- Digital UK: Freeview Accessible TV Guide (UK)
- Fincons Group: Publitalia ADD+: Pioneering Innovative Cross-Channel Advertising and Attribution Analysis with top brands (Italy)
- Freeview: Freeview (Australia)
- Nowtilus GmbH: Serverside.ai Full-Break [email protected] (Italy, Poland, Germany, Austria)
- Teletarget Inc.: Teletarget Advanced TV platform (Russian Federation)
Best technology innovation in an HbbTV product or service
- Fincons Group/Verance Corp: First End-To-End HbbTV ADB2 Implementation (France)
- Kineton: KARP – Kineton Announcement Real-time Platform (Italy)
- Konodrac: Hybrid ADS (Spain)
- Seven.One Entertainment Group: Shoppable TV (Germany)
- Synapse TV Ltd: Channelbox (UK)
- Zattoo Deutschland GmbH: Zattoo OperatorApp on Panasonic (Germany)
Best tool or product for HbbTV service development or delivery
- Digital UK: Freeview Play: App Zero (UK)
- DOTSCREEN: Electronic Program Guide (France)
- DOTSCREEN: MiTele (Spain)
- Irdeto: Irdeto Operator Application (Any)
- Kineton: Antares development framework (Italy)
- RTVE: RTVE Play (Spain)
There is also an award for the ‘Best individual contribution to the HbbTV Association’ and the judges’ award ‘HbbTV newcomer of the year’.
“We are excited about the large number of high-profile entries for this year’s HbbTV Awards, reflecting the great variety of applications and services enabled by the HbbTV specifications and the important role of the standard for major players in the global TV and OTT market,” said Vincent Grivet, Chairman of the HbbTV Association.
The shortlists of finalists will be put forward to an independent jury of industry experts selecting the winners. Details about the jury members can be found here.
The prizes will be awarded at a prestigious ceremony on November 24, 2021. The event forms part of the 9th HbbTV Symposium and Awards, taking place as an in-person event on November 24-25 in Paris, France. All finalists are invited to attend the awards ceremony.
Details on the HbbTV Symposium and Awards 2021, the conference programme, speakers, sponsors, media partners, event location and recommended hotels can be found at https://www.hbbtv.org/9th-hbbtv-symposium-and-awards-2021/.
About the HbbTV Association
Hybrid broadcast broadband TV (or “HbbTV”) is a global initiative founded in 2010 developing a specification enabling the delivery of advanced and interactive TV and entertainment services to consumers through a combined use of both broadcast and broadband networks. The HbbTV specification is developed by industry leaders to improve the video experience of consumers on connected TV sets, set-top boxes and multiscreen devices. The HbbTV specification uses elements of existing specifications from other standards including OIPF, CEA, DVB, MPEG-DASH and W3C. With the incorporation of activities from the Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) in 2014 and Smart TV Alliance in 2016, HbbTV is able to address service providers and technology suppliers for IPTV services as well as the combined scope of broadcast and over-the-top (OTT) services.
HbbTV is organised as a non-profit association registered in Switzerland and has around 80 members which include all global TV manufacturers, the large European broadcasters and TV platforms as well as a vast array of global technology and chipset vendors.
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