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IBC announces Innovation Awards nominees

Eurosport, Medialaan, RTÉ, ESPN and World Rally Championship all shortlisted

IBC has announced the shortlist for its annual Innovation Awards, which will be presented during this year’s IBC Show.

The three categories reward projects for content creation, content distribution and content everywhere.

Discovery and Eurosport, Euronews and Chinese broadcaster CCTV are nominated in the content creation category.

CCTV is being recognised for its networked 4k Ultra HD live coverage of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; Discovery and Eurosport are also nominated for their work on the Games, with their Eurosport Cube, a live virtual reality studio that allowed experts to demonstrates some of the techniques on show during the Winter Games. Euronews is included for its ‘global’ news service.

The content distribution nominees include Econet Media, Discovery and Eurosport again, Vodafone and Belgium’s Medialaan.

Econet Media has developed a TV everywhere platform for Africa; Discovery and Eurosport worked with NEP to develop its Mediabank solution to manage assets and archives for coverage of the Olympic Winter Games; Vodafone has a new multi-national, cloud-based television distribution system which it is rolling out from Europe to New Zealand; and Medialaan offers subscribers the ability to watch programmes from the beginning, with the advertising adjusting itself automatically to ensure that the right messages are seen while the viewer gradually catches up with the live transmission.

“This year’s finalists are really remarkable,” said Michael Lumley, chair of the international judging panel. “We have live coverage from rally cars, a fantastic new way of immersing audiences in the thrills of winter sports, a highly productive way of creating news stories for multiple languages and cultures, a new initiative to bring OTT and mobile television to sub-Saharan Africa and a whole host more.”

Ireland’s RTÉ, ESPN and World Rally Championship make up the shortlist for the content everywhere category. RTÉ is being recognised for its work with Saorview Connect on an advanced, connected, free-to-air television platform; ESPN is nominated Shortstop Live, a way for journalists to get on air from their phones with the shortest of latencies; and the World Rally Championship’s All Live gives viewers the opportunity to travel onboard with their favourite drivers.

The winners will be announced at the IBC2018 Awards Ceremony, at 18:30 on Sunday 16 September. The ceremony also features other awards including the International Honour for Excellence.