DirecTV, Turner, ESPN make shortlist of finalists for IBC's Innovation Awards

DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV), ESPN and Turner Broadcasting are among the finalists for the Innovation Awards that the International Broadcasting Convention plans to present at its annual convention in Amsterdam this September.

DirecTV's home media center earned it a slot as a finalist in the content delivery category. The top U.S. DBS provider worked with technology vendors Broadcom (Nasdaq: BRCM), Entropic Communications, Jethead Development, Pace (LSE: PIC) and Samsung (OTC: SSNLF.PK) on the product, which lets devices based on RPnP, DLNA and RVU standards receive content, including connected TVs and tablet computers. DirecTV is competing with CBS Sports (NYSE: CBS) and British broadcasters ITV and Channel 4 in the content delivery category.

Turner Sports is a finalist for the content management award from IBC. Its Turner Sports Central asset management system, which can track, log and retrieve 27,000 hours of content from 6,000 events, was developed with Dalet Digital Media, EVS, Stainless Code, Active Storage, Quantum and NetApp.

ESPN is a finalist in the content creation category for its coverage of Grand Slam tennis events. IBC said it is considering an ESPN system developed by Orad with support from Hawkeye and Spidercam that analyzes, processes and presents "a huge amount of data fast enough for commentators to illustrate key points as each match progresses." ESPN is competing against Brazil's TV Globo Network and broadcaster FX UK in the content creation category.

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