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DTG picks four innovation winners

The UK’s Digital TV Group (5.A09) features the four winning companies from its annual Television Innovation Awards, an event it stages with partnership support from UK Trade & Investment.

Eight shortlisted finalists faced Dragon’s Den style scrutiny in which they had five minutes to pitch for exposure at IBC in front of an audience of 70 plus a gang of Dragons from Sony, YouTube, the DTG and UK T&I, plus BBC Worldwide Labs and Televisual magazine.

DTG CEO and event chair Richard Lindsay-Davies (pictured) said: “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.”

The four places at IBC went to Chirp, Grabyo, StreamHub and Crowd Emotion. The last is facial recognition software, which reads TV viewers’ expressions in realtime. Chirp is 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.

StreamHub offers analytics software for big data, which combines viewing figures with social media, app and YouTube data. The Grabyo application allows users to quickly edit and share branded video clips from a live broadcast online – which is fully integrated into Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Apart from the designated space on the DTG exhibit, all four get a year’s affiliate membership.