Arlington, V. - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced the final nominees in 12 categories for the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers (DTV Academy) Awards on behalf of the more than 200 members of the DTV Academy, honoring achievements in all aspects of HDTV during 2003.
The DTV Academy Awards presentation will be held during CEA's Eighth Annual HDTV Summit: Partnership, Policy and Profits at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center on Monday, March 29. Online registration is now open at www.ce.org/hdtvsummit. Awards are presented to honor excellence in all aspects of digital content development and delivery, analog-to-digital transition leadership and the manufacture of high definition television (HDTV).
Among the nominees is TWICE in the Best DTV Journalism category.
The award categories, an explanation of each, and the nominees are:
- Best DTV Broadcast Network - This award recognizes the broadcast network that has done the most to advance Digital Television through its delivery of HDTV content. Consideration is given to the frequency that HDTV content is made available to local affiliates. (Awarded to CBS in 2000, 2001 and 2002) The nominees are ABC, CBS and HDNet.
- Best Local DTV Broadcaster - This award goes to the local network affiliate or independent broadcaster who has provided its market with the widest range of HDTV content. Consideration is given to broadcasters who have developed their own HDTV programming and those who have gone beyond just 'passing-through' network broadcasting content. (Awarded to WETA in 2002 and to WRAL in 2000 and 2001.) The nominees are KING, WETA and WRAL.
- Best DTV Cable System - This award goes to the cable system that has done the most to market and promote HDTV through its distribution of HDTV programming. (Awarded to Time Warner in 2000, 2001 and 2002 ) The nominees in this category are Comcast, Cox and Time Warner.
- Best DTV Satellite Service - This award goes to the direct-to-home satellite service provider that has done the most to promote HDTV through its offerings of HDTV programming and choices for consumers. (Awarded to DirecTV in 2000, 2001 and 2002.) The nominees this year are DirecTV, Echostar and Voom.
- Best DTV Satellite Programmer - This award goes to the satellite programmer that has done the most to promote HDTV through its offerings of HDTV programming and choices for consumers. (Awarded to HDNet in 2001 and 2002.) The nominees for this category are Discovery, HBO and HDNet.
- Best DTV Sporting Event - This award goes to the event that best exemplified the benefits of HDTV in sports content and broadcast in HDTV. (Awarded to NBC for Winter Olympics coverage in 2002, CBS for Super Bowl coverage in 2001 and to Monday Night Football in 2000.) The nominees for calendar year 2003 are ABC Monday Night Football, ABC Super Bowl and CBS College Football.
- BestOriginal DTV Material - This award goes to the HDTV program that makes the best use of high definition images. (Awarded to NBC for Winter Olympics coverage 2002, HBO for Band of Brothers in 2001 and Texas Wild, HD Vision and Air Over America, KCTS-TV in 2000, a tie.) This category’s nominees are ABC Monday Night Football, CBS CSI Miami and CBS Grammy Awards.
- Best DTV Leadership (Industry) - This award recognizes outstanding leadership by an industry person in the DTV transition. (Previous award winners were Gary Shapiro, CEA in 2002, Mark Cuban, HDNet in 2001 and Dick Wiley, Wiley, Rein & Fielding in 2000.) The nominees this year are Bryan Burns, ESPN, Mark Cuban, HDNET and John Taylor, Zenith.
- Best DTV Leadership (Government) - This award recognizes outstanding leadership by a government official in the DTV transition. (Awarded to FCC Chairman Michael Powell in 2002, U.S. Representative Billy Tauzin (R-LA) in 2001 and FCC Commissioner Susan Ness in 2000.) This year’s nominees are Congressman Rick Boucher, Congressman Lee Terry, U.S. House of Representatives and Michael Powell, chairman, FCC.
- Best DTV Leadership (Retailer) -This award recognizes outstanding leadership by a retailer in the DTV transition. (Awarded to Best Buy, Circuit City and Tweeter (three-way tie) in 2002 and to Circuit City in 2001.) The retailer nominees this year are Best Buy, Circuit City and Sears.
- Best DTV Journalism - This award recognizes the most accurate, frequent and consumer-friendly coverage of DTV technology, marketplace, programming and overall transition. (Awarded to HDTV Magazine in 2002 and to Mike Snider, USA Today and Greg Tarr, TWICE in 2001.) The publications being nominated this year are TV Technology, TWICE and USA Today.
- The People’s Choice Award - This is the first and only DTV Academy Award voted on by the public and recognizes viewers’ favorite HDTV program. (Awarded to HBO for The Sopranos in 2002.) This year’s nominees are ABC Monday Night Football, CBS CSI Miami and HBO Six Feet Under.
The 2003 awards will be presented during a special luncheon at CEA’s HDTV Summit, March 29, 2004 at the Washington Convention Center. To register for this event, visit www.CE.org/hdtvsummit.
The Academy of Digital Television Pioneers is a select group of more than 200 individuals who have played a significant role in the decade-long effort to make digital television a reality for consumers. The DTV Academy includes individuals from the broadcasting, program development and consumer electronics industries, as well as present and former government officials and members of the media.