Gold standard

For the fourth year, the National Television Academy hands out Broadband Awards.

In 2003, the National Television Academy launched an Emmy competition for Advanced Media, meaning broadband programming, packaging the event under the umbrella of its Science, Technology & Engineering Awards show. This year, for the first time, the trophies will be handed out at tonight's NTA ceremony at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

"There is a growing recognition in the business and from the consumers watching the screens that all of that comes through the new technologies that are changing the viewing experience," NTA president and CEO Peter Price says.

With well more than 100,000 attendees from all walks of media and technology, the decision to move the ST&E Emmys to CES was a no-brainer, according to Shelly Palmer, chair of NTA's Advanced Media Group. "It's become a really important show for television and media in general," Palmer notes.
As part of the festivities, NTA will give a Lifetime Achievement Award to DirecTV Group vice chairman Eddy Hartenstein for his role in the development of the commercial satellite business.

Following is a list of nominees in the Broadband & Personal Television categories. Nominees are selected by a panel of judges from entries submitted by their originators. For reader convenience, the category titles have been shortened (sparing the need to ponder the meaning of things like "asynchronous transmission").

Real-Time Enhancement of Original TV Content
DirecTV Interactive Sports -- DirecTV
HSN Shop by Remote -- HSN
NBC Olympics Now -- BIAP Systems Inc.

Nonreal-Time Enhancement of Original TV Content
CNN Enhanced -- CNN
The Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson & Wine -- NetBlender
Fantasy Football Tracker -- BIAP Systems Inc.
The N's Video Mixer -- The N
Passions Vendetta --
Sopranos: Crime. Organized -- Deep Focus/HBO

Nontraditional Programs or Platforms
Entriq Inc. Mobile Technology -- Entriq Inc.
The Slingbox -- Sling Media Inc.
Switched Broadcast Is Transforming TV -- BigBand Networks
Vid-Wave -- Boxx Communications

Personal Media Display
Screen 3 -- Motorola
Sectional Navigation Architecture -- GoTV Networks
Xross Media Bar Graphic User Interface for PSP -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

On-Demand Technology Over Private Networks
Guided TV: ABC On-Demand -- Disney-ABC Television Group
Moxi Adelphie On-Demand Browser -- Digeo
Time Warner Cable's Start Over -- Time Warner Cable, Concurrent Computer Corp., Big Band Networks, Harmonic, Scientific Atlanta

On-Demand Technology Over the Public Internet Full Episode Streaming Player -- Disney-ABC Television Group
AOL Music's Top 11 Countdown Show -- AOL Llc.
GameTap -- Turner Broadcasting -- Revver
Stim TV -- NPOWR
VONGO Video Download Service -- Starz Entertainment

Commercials in Nontraditional Platforms Full-Episode Streaming Player -- Disney-ABC Television Group
Ravenstoke -- Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc.
TiVo Interactive Advertising Platform -- TiVo Inc.