CEA Awards DTV Pioneers

The Consumer Electronics Association applauded the recipients of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers awards at a luncheon during the 2005 HDTV Summit in Washington, D.C. on March 15.

The awards recognized organizations, people and events that promoted the DTV transition in 2004.

  • Best DTV Over the Air Network - CBS
  • Best DTV Cable System - Comcast
  • Best DTV Cable or Satellite Service - DirecTV
  • Best DTV Satellite Programmer - ESPN
  • Best DTV Sporting Event - CBS Super Bowl XXVIII
  • Best Original DTV Material - CBS for CSI and ESPN's HD Sport Center (two-way tie)
  • Best DTV Journalism - HDTV Insider
  • Best Industry DTV Leadership - Peter Fannon, Panasonic
  • Best Government DTV Leadership - Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.)
  • Best Retail DTV Leadership - Best Buy

Senator McCain used his acceptance speech to push for a hard date--which would have been 2009 according to his DTV bill that was squashed before reaching to the Senate floor last year--for analog shut-off and also advocated a subsidy for OTA receivers.