When an awards ceremony ranges from football to grand opera, and from India to Italy, you know that IBC reaches everywhere that content needs to go.
Last night’s awards ceremony was a dazzling occasion enjoyed by a large and enthusiastic audience.
Football’s governing body FIFA took two awards. IBC’s highest award, the International Honour for Excellence, went to FIFA TV for its long-term commitment to quality and innovation, and the Judges’ Prize went to FIFA and 14 of its technology partners.
Niclas Ericson, director of FIFA TV said “This honour and recognition pays a fitting tribute to the dedication of our industry-leading service providers who help us deliver the very best coverage of the World Cup to football fans all over the world. We look forward to continuing this pioneering work with the broadcast industry as we offer the unique platform of the FIFA World Cup to help drive technology forward.”
A different sort of score was one of the factors that saw the Vienna State Opera receive a special award for its staatsoperlive.com online service. This includes a lot of imaginative ways of augmenting the opera experience, including presenting the musical score on a tablet, synchronised to the main broadcast.
The opera house is also experimenting with 4k capture and delivery to Samsung smart televisions. The audience at last night’s show got to see excerpts from Verdi’s Nabucco – as well as from the FIFA World Cup final – in 4k and surround sound.
The show also saw RAI of Italy receive the prize for best conference paper, and Innovation Awards go to Sky in the UK for its Monday Night Football coverage; to Sky News Arabia; and to Turner Sports.