Broadcast engineers had their day in the sun last month, when the National Television Academy announced the winners of the 2003 Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards at a black-tie dinner ceremony at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. This was also the first time the Academy gave out Advanced Media Technology Emmy Awards, which were created to recognize work being done in interactive television, new media, and related programming and technology.
Twelve Emmys were awarded in total. Turner Networks won for Pioneering Efforts in the Development of an Automated, Server-Based Closed Captioning System; Thales Broadcast & Multimedia won for Pioneering Development of Digital Modulator Adaptive Pre-Correction for ATSC 8-VSB Digital Transmitter Systems; Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions won for Development and Application of Sub-Pixel Imaging Devices for Television Cameras; Dolby Labs, Jim Fosgate, and Peter Scheiber won for Development of Surround Sound for Television; Texas Instruments DLP Products won for Pioneering Development of Mass-Produced Digital Reflective Imaging Technology for Consumer Rear-Projection Television; Dr. Kees Immink won for Coding Technology for Optical Recording Formats; and Pinnacle Systems (Montage) and Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions (Philips) won for technology to Simultaneously Encode Multiple Video Qualities and the Corresponding Metadata to Enable Realtime Conformance and/or Playout of the Higher Quality Video (Nominally Broadcast) Based on the Decisions Made Using the Lower Quality Proxies.
Two Emmys were awarded in the new Advanced Media Technology categories. NASCAR.COM'S PITCOMMAND won for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Enhancement of Original Television Content; and iO Interactive Optimum Digital Cable Service from Cablevision won for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Creation of Non-Traditional Programs or Platforms.
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