The opportunity to showcase their innovation to thousands of IBC visitors was the prize on offer to the winners of the Digital TV Group’s second annual DTG Television Innovation Awards – and the four companies are here at the RAI on the DTG’s stand.
A short list of eight finalists was chosen to take part in a Dragon’s Den style final not long before IBC2014 opened its doors, with five minutes each to pitch before a crowd of 70 and a panel of dragons with representatives from YouTube, BBC Worldwide Labs, Digital TV Group, UK Trade & Investment, Televisual magazine and Sony Europe.
“The quality and diversity of this year’s entries shows us how much television technology innovation is coming out of, or scaling up, in the UK,” said Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO, DTG and chair of the event. “We’re pleased to be partnering for our second year with UK Trade & Investment who complement our industry knowledge and contacts with their global reach. I have high hopes for all of our award finalists.”
After lengthy deliberation the Dragons’ awarded the four places at IBC to:
Chirp: an application which can send messages through an audible trigger from a television broadcast to a mobile app device to send the user interactive content such as links, video or images.
CrowdEmotion: facial recognition software which can read television viewers’ expressions as they watch a television broadcast in real time.
StreamHub: analytics software for big data which combines viewing figures with social media, app and YouTube data.
Grabyo: an application allowing users to quickly edit and share branded video clips from a live broadcast online which is fully integrated into Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.