Mark Fihn – Publisher/Editor-in Chief - Veritas et Visus
Mark currently heads his own consulting company called VeritaVis, where he supports the flat panel display industry based on his expertise related to notebook PCs, Tablet PCs, touch technologies, the LCD TV market, and display related human factors, including high resolution and wide aspect ratios. Veritas et Visus is part of this consultancy, enabling Mark to reach a broader audience in association with his research activities. Prior to VeritaVis, Mark worked for 3 years at the market research firm DisplaySearch. He additionally participated for 15 years in computer system and LCD-related procurement at Texas Instruments and Dell Computer while living in the United States and Taiwan.
He has been active in many display-related areas, most specifically in publicly championing industry-wide adoption of high resolution displays, notebook LCD standardization, and video sub-system integration. Mark was educated at St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota), the American Graduate School of International Management, (Phoenix, Arizona); St. Edward’s University, (Austin, Texas), and in the University of Texas at Austin’s doctoral program in International Business. Most recently, Mark has been an active supporter and lecturer at the DisplayMasters degree program in the UK, contributing course lectureships at Cambridge University, Dundee University, and The Nottingham-Trent University.
Steven Hawley – Principal Analyst & Consultant - TVstrategies
Steven Hawley is an independent consultant, industry analyst, and researcher serving the telecommunications and digital media industries. His consulting practice, Advanced Media Strategies LLC (tvstrategies.com), provides subject matter expertise in the areas of broadband television (IPTV and IP-delivered Video) and converged multi-play services.
Chris Tribbey – Senior Reporter – Home Media Magazine
From doing magic tricks for June Allyson and Ann Miller as little kid, to helping his father (a former MGM/UA executive) cover numerous video trade group conventions, it was only a matter of time before Chris Tribbey joined the industry full time. A graduate of Ohio State University, Chris was a reporter, editor and designer for numerous California newspapers, beginning at age 16, before joining Home Media Magazine in 2007. Before that he was the city editor of the North County Times in San Diego County and the Napa Valley Register. Chris’ father, Ralph, is the publisher of the DVD Release Report.
Bernard Mediburu – Author - 3D Movie Making
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Dr. Arjang Zadeh – CEO &Founder – Azdio
Dr. Arjang Zadeh has been a pioneer in broadband, telecom, cable and software industries for over 20 years. Prior to creating Azdio, Dr Zadeh was the Global Managing Partner of Network Practice for Accenture Communications & High Tech Operating Group.
In 2000, Dr Zadeh founded Imagine Broadband a world leading Network Design and Integration and NGOSS Products company. Under his leadership Imagine broadband successfully delivered some of the most complex and largest projects for many of the major Telecom and Cable operators around the world. Dr Zadeh was the CEO of the company until its acquisition and integration into Accenture in Jan 2004. In this role, Arjang was selected as one of the top 50 European executives in broadband Industry ("Broadband Euro 50 - 2003"). Dr Zadeh has a BSc(Hons.) and a PhD degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK.
Bill Belt – Senior Director Technology & Standards – Consumer Electronics Association
Bill Belt is Senior Director of Technology and Standards for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), a trade association with more than 2000 members representing the $186 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. Mr. Belt participates in CEA’s ANSI-accredited standards development operation and provides key engineering support to the association and its membership groups. CEA hosts more than 70 committees, subcommittees and working groups that produce standards used in millions of consumer devices. CEA standards are referenced by the EPA, the FCC and other government agencies.
Mr. Belt represents CEA’s technical interests in industry and international venues related to the digital television transition, spectrum management and policy, accessibility, and energy efficiency. Mr. Belt has participated in international development programs on standards and presented at FCC workshops on a variety of subjects.
Prior to joining CEA, Mr. Belt worked as Senior Director at the Telecommunications Industry Association. Prior to that, Mr. Belt was a Senior Engineer at AT&T Wireless Services. Mr. Belt holds BS in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University.
CJ Cornell – Professor of Digital Media & Entrepreneurship – Arizona State University
CJ Cornell joined the Cronkite School faculty in 2008 after more than 20 years as a media executive, entrepreneur, venture adviser and investor with a long history of creating and marketing products in cable television, broadband and other consumer media markets.
As a serial entrepreneur, CJ Cornell was a founder or part of the senior management team of more than a dozen successful startup ventures that collectively attracted over $250 million in private funding; created nearly a thousand new jobs; and launched dozens of innovative consumer, media and communications products that have exceeded $3 billion in revenues.
In more than a decade as a mentor, board member and investor, CJ Cornell has helped scores of young entrepreneurs start new and innovative companies and build them into successful, valuable growth ventures.
Rodolfo La Maestra – Senior Technical Director – HDTV Magazine
Rodolfo La Maestra is the Senior Technical Director at HDTV Magazine. Rodolfo has participated in the HDTV vision since the late 1980's when HDTV was proposed as an analog system. In the late 1990's, he began tracking and reviewing HDTV related technologies and hundreds of consumer products, which prompted him in 2002 to pioneer the authoring of the annual HDTV Technology Review report. The report encompasses all HDTVs and related equipment including Hi-def DVD, content providers, distribution systems (broadcast, cable, satellite), government, standards, connectivity, content protection, H/DTV tuners and DVRs, etc.
Rodolfo considers himself an educator, not a journalist, transferring knowledge, research, and experience. In addition to this annual publication, he has authored a variety of tutorials, books, and educative articles for HDTV Magazine, DVDetc, and HDTVetc Magazines, Veritas et Visus Newsletter, Display Search, and served as technical consultant/editor for the "Reference Guide" and the "HDTV Glossary of Terms" for HDTVetc Magazine, included in this report and now available for HDTV Magazine readers.
Jin Kim – Founder & President – Display Blog
Jin S. Kim is the Founder and President of DisplayBlog, a firm focused on providing up-to-date news and analysis on the display market, products and technology. Prior to DisplayBlog, Mr. Kim served as Director of TFT LCD Market Research at Displaysearch covering topics such as LCD glass substrates, CCFL/LED backlights, LCD/PDP manufacturing costs, and LCD panel shipments. Mr. Kim also served as Senior Marketing Manager at LG Philips LCD and was responsible for technical/product marketing, competitive analysis, and consumer behavior analysis and served global accounts such as HP, Dell, and Apple. Mr. Kim graduated from UC Berkeley and received an MBA from The Drucker Graduate School of Management with a dual concentration in Marketing and Strategy.
John Moulding – Editor - Videonet
John has been Editor of Videonet since January 2010 and helps develop the conference programmes for the Connected TV Summit and Future TV Advertising Forum. He was editor of Cable & Satellite International (now CSI) for six years before helping launch New Video Technology and IPTV News, and helped develop and research the conference programmes for the IPTV World Series from 2006-07.
James K. Wilcox – Senior Editor/Electronics – Consumer Reports
Jim is currently Senior Editor at Consumer Reports and Consumer Reports Online, and a Contributing Editor at Sound & Vision magazine. He has 20 years’ experience as a technology journalist, including staff stints at TWICE and Consumer Electronics Monthly. He has also helped launch two indie-focused music websites (Riffage.com in 1999, and StarPolish.com in 2001). As a freelance writer, Jim has written for numerous publications including Audio (Contributing Editor), Business Week, FHM, Genre (Contributing Editor), Maxim, Men's Journal, Playboy, Popular Science, Rolling Stone, Sound & Vision, Unlimited Magazine (Contributing Editor), and Video, among others. Jim’s hobbies include music, guitars, and motorcycles—activities he hasn’t yet successfully found a way to safely combine.
Nicolas Mokhoff – Executive Editor – EE Times
Nicolas Mokhoff is executive editor at UBM Electronics’ EE Times and editor-in chief of EE Times special digital editions. Nic has been in publishing some 33 years writing, editing, and producing news articles, technology trends articles and special reports on enabling technologies, industry people and innovative products in the electronics industry, both in print and online. Mokhoff was full-time editor at IEEE Spectrum, Communications of the ACM, Computer Design, Electronic Design, and Electronics magazines. Nic’s electronics industry experience included logistics, test, and quality assurance at various companies. Notable achievements: Finalist in Jesse H. Neal award (2011); Jesse H. Neal award winner (1984). http://www.eetimes.com
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3D television programs have been offered on an occasional basis since the 1950s using anaglyphic technology and colored glasses. Now there is growing momentum, and unprecedented industry backing, focused on providing 3D programming and equipment to the home on a mainstream basis.
This award category is open to all enabling technologies and products that facilitate a 3D TV experience in the home. This includes semiconductor and software solutions, 3D-ready TVs and game consoles, set-top boxes, goggles, 3D encoders, etc. While many entries may center on passive polarized and alternate frame sequencing technologies, we also welcome entries looking at advanced technologies such as autostereoscopy and holography.
Set Top boxes are likely to remain one of the key elements enabling the consumer video experience for the foreseeable future. Having evolved from simple channel expanders to today’s advanced computer engines that facilitate controlled distribution and storage of TV content across all platforms. Recent innovations have included advanced DVRs that enabling multimedia content for storage and distribution throughout the home, remote access set top boxes, hybrid set-top boxes which optimise the use of bandwidth, highly optimized IPTV gateways, cost-reduced advanced feature boxes, etc.
Entries in this category are open to STB manufacturers as well as component and software providers offering innovative solutions for next generation set top boxes.
With the evolution of television to include the intent to provide the viewer with a vast array of content, some of which may be interactive, a good user interface becomes an increasingly important tool to navigate, control and interact with this content, and hence will be vital to the success of the TV 3.0 concept.
While advanced button-based remote controls may still continue to be the user interface of choice, we also welcome entries in this category that improve the user experience, including applications that use input motion sensing, haptic technology, content mega-tagging solutions, intuitive program guides and integrated home media network solutions.
Consumer electronics equipment continues to use significant power, even in standby mode. Various technologies are being developed and deployed to reduce power consumption in CE devices during operation and when on standby. In addition, the increasing requirement for multi-stream distribution and the rapidly increasing storage requirements for operators, means that energy requirements in the delivery of content are also on the rise.
Entries in this category will include any technology or solution that helps reduce the overall power usage in any part of the TV value chain, or other ways to reduce the carbon footprint of TV.
TV 3.0 is not entirely about providing bigger and better video experiences to the home, as it also includes the ability to view content on mobile devices. This creates an array of new challenges, as programmers, equipment providers and operators attempt to provide users with a compelling experience on a much smaller screen. Innovations in this area include TV-enabled ultra mobile devices, applications that enable content to be easily navigated, as well as innovative applications targeted specifically at mobile devices.
Entries are welcomed from companies with innovative products, content and solutions targeted at mobile TV, as well as those enabling mobile on-demand video experiences outside of traditional broadcast TV.
There are already a wide range of interactive TV applications and experiences being promoted by operators around the world. However, while some of these are truly advanced applications, others only include a one-way interaction from the viewer. Hence, for the purposes of these awards, we are defining this category to only include technologies and solutions that enable a two-way interactive experience using some form of back channel. This can be between the viewer and either the TV program itself or an interactive application using the TV as the portal to interact the content provider. This will include TV shows where the viewer can influence the content being shown, interactive advertising, intuitiveprogram guides, shopping, betting, gaming, etc.
Entries are welcome from interactive content providers, middleware solutions, and operators rolling out these advanced technologies.
One of the critical issues facing the TV paradigm of virtually all video content being available anytime, anywhere on the device of choice, is the protection of that content to ensure its producers and distributors continue to receive fair revenues. The industry is cognizant of what happened to the music and video industries, and is anxious not to lose control of its programming and content.
This award category is intended for innovative solutions that help to protect content both during initial delivery and when stored locally. Entries will be accepted from hardware and software providers of conditional access, digital rights management, and other content protection solutions.
The concept of TV 3.0 is to provide any content, at any time, to any place, to be received on the viewers chosen device. To facilitate this, solutions that enable the provision of truly on-demand content are essential. This on-demand experience can be facilitated in a number of ways, depending upon the method of distribution, and the device on which it is being viewed. For example, the content may be provided locally, broadcast or streamed with the user able to control the flow of that content using a traditional remote control or other form of user interface.
This category is open to hardware and software providers of both operator and client-side on-demand solutions.
The concept of immersive TV is to provide the viewer with the most lifelike experience to all senses. This may include 3D, full field of view, movement simulators, total audio immersion and even smell-o-vision. Typically this will be restricted to the home theatre environment, but certain immersive concepts lend themselves to the lving room TV and even to mobile devices.
Entries from all such solutions are welcomed, as are any other immersive products and solutions that will enrich the user’s advanced TV experience.
While a lot of attention is focused on the video aspect of TV 3.0, advanced audio solutions are a vital part of the concept. Innovation in audio extends from advanced encoding and decoding solutions, which enable the user to experience the audio as close as possible to the original recording, through to the latest home theater solutions that provide the ultimate audio experience in the consumer’s home.
Entries in this category will encompass software, IC solutions and hardware including broadcast distribution equipment, consumer audio receivers, amplifiers, speakers, etc.
The amount of video content, both commercially generated and user created, is growing at a much faster rate than ever before. The storage of this content presents enormous challenges, especially if that content is made ubiquitous and available to be viewed on-demand by a large number of consumers. Innovations in both the physical storage and the ability to access the content with minimal latency will be needed before the full potential of TV 3.0 can be realized.
Entries in this category will include hardware and software solutions that facilitate easily accessible, high volume reliable video storage at either the operator or client-side.
As the TV experience continues to evolve away from watching video from a single central location, the ability to network multimedia content throughout the home becomes increasingly important. Up until recently, only wired hardware solutions provided satisfactory bandwidth and QoS. More recently, powerline, MOCA and wireless technologies have evolved to better enable home AV networking without the requirement for new wires.
Entries in this category can include any enabling network technology as well as the associated innovative CE networking devices.
Semiconductors are one of the key driving forces that enable many advanced solutions that are now becoming possible as we move to TV 3.0. These semiconductor devices extend from SoC solutions for set-top boxes and TVs, through advanced tuner and audio ICs for CE devices, to solutions targeted at encoders and other equipment in the distribution side of the equation.
We invite all semiconductor providers offering innovative solutions that solve problems or create new opportunities for TV consumer electronics or video back office equipment to submit their entries.
Beyond the technology innovations, televisions impact the rooms they are in without even being powered on. This category will award the TV brand that has advanced the state of the art in TV design turning the TV into an elegant piece of art.
Entries in this category will include improvements in form factor, thickness, bezel design, cover glass, color, shape and more.
In addition to 3D technology there are numerous other advances which serve to propel the user experience to another level. These enhancements augment what can be seen and /or heard, and enrich the quality and versatility of the experience for the viewer.
Entries in this category will focus on innovations in contrast, motion performance, de-judder, audio, viewing area, 3D performance and more.
From the winners of the individual awards, the judges will choose the overall Innovator of the Year Award.
Microsoft Xbox 360 was named on Monday TV Innovator of the Year at the prestigious 2012 TV Innovation Awards ceremony, presided over by IMS Research. Microsoft won the On Demand Category for upgrades to its Xbox 360 console including partnerships with over 40 new TV and entertainment providers, as well as delivering entertainment voice search functionality with Bing on Xbox.
Microsoft beat 13 other category winners to take the ultimate ‘winner of winners’ accolade in the third annual ceremony, at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The award was presented to Jose Pinero, Xbox LIVE senior director of PR for Microsoft IEB by IMS Research president Ian Weightman.
The 2012 TV Innovation Awards are one of the premier endorsements of innovation in television and recognize the most forward- thinking companies creating products and services that are changing the way people watch television.
This year, there are 14 TV Innovation Awards presented, and each award category was judged by a completely independent expert panel, and the winners of each category are then judged against each other to decide the overall TV Innovator of the Year.
Category winners are:
• 3DTV - Samsung Electronics America - Plasma D8000 Series Smart TV
• Advanced User Interface - NDS - Snowflake
• Audio Experience – dbx-tv - Total Sonics + Total Cal
• Content Protection - Verimatrix - Verimatrix MultiRights
• Content Storage - thePlatform - mpx
• Home Networking - Quantenna Communications, Inc.- Quantenna QHS710 802.11n 4x4 Four-Stream MIMO Chipset
• Immersive TV - LG Electronics - LG Electronics BH9420PW CINEMA 3D Sound Blu-ray Home Theater
• Interactive TV - Hillcrest Labs - Scoop Pointer
• Mobile TV - MobiTV - Television at your fingertips: TV on-the-go
• On Demand - Microsoft - Xbox 360 Teams Up With Entertainment Leaders to Transform TV
• Semiconductors - Quantenna Communications, Inc. - Quantenna QHS710 802.11n 4x4 Four-Stream MIMO Chipset
• Set Top Box - Ocean Blue Software - Talk@TV
• TV Design - Samsung Electronics America - LED D8000 Series Smart TV
• TV Performance - Samsung Electronics America - Plasma D8000 Series Smart TV
• Innovator of the Year - Microsoft - Xbox 360 Teams Up With Entertainment Leaders to Transform TV
Award Ceremony and Cocktail Party will take place from 7:00 PM on January 9th at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas
Advanced User Interface
ActiveVideo Networks - CloudTV Powered Navigational Mosaic
NDS - NDS Snowflake
SeaChange International - Nitro Multiscreen Video Subscriber Experience Software
AirTies Wireless Networks - Air 4420 TV Product
Bridge Technologies - microVB digital media monitoring probe
Quantenna Communications, Inc.- Quantenna QHS710 802.11n 4x4 Four-Stream MIMO Chipset
LG Electronics - LG Electronics BH9420PW CINEMA 3D Sound Blu-ray Home Theater
Movea - MoveTV
SRS Labs - Multi Dimensional Audio (MDA)
Actiontec Electronics - MyWirelessTV
Logitech - Logitech Harmony Link
MobiTV - Television at your fingertips: TV on-the-go powered by MobiTV
Harmonic Inc.- Harmonic ProMedia Suite for High-Quality Multiscreen Video Services
Microsoft - Xbox 360 Teams Up With Entertainment Leaders to Transform TV
Anevia - ViaMotion multiscreen OTT live and on-demand video solution
Entropic Communications - MoCA 2.0
Silicon Labs - Si2185 TV Receiver
Quantenna Communications, Inc. - Quantenna QHS710 802.11n 4x4 Four-Stream MIMO Chipset
Now in its third year, the Awards have grown to become one of the premier endorsements of innovation in television. They are administered by IMS Research, and according to its President, Ian Weightman: “One of the main reasons that the TV Innovation Awards have become so sought after is that each entry is judged on a completely level playing field. This ensures that companies, ranging from the biggest names in consumer electronics to innovative start-ups, can measure objectively how their products stack-up against those of their competitors.”
The winner of the Innovator of the Year Award will be announced on January 9th at the IMS Research at CES Cocktail Party & Reception at the Monte Carlo at 7:00 PM in the East Ballroom. In addition, the winners of the 14 other categories will also be presented.
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*The TV Innovation Awards are an independent property that is produced by and a registered trademark of IMS Research. The International Consumer Electronics Show is produced by and a mark of the Consumer Electronics Association.