Freesat has won a close fought race to be declared the winner of the ‘Best Contribution to Digital TV in the UK’ Award created by Pace Plc and the DTG.
The award, that recognises the project, product or service that has made, or has the potential to make, the biggest contribution to the development of digital TV in the UK,was presented at the IBC show in Amsterdam on Friday 12 September. Freesat won the award as it has “potential to provide HD to millions of viewers at an economical cost”, and is “pushing the boundaries of the specifications to improve the viewer experience” according to quotes from the voting members of the DTG Council.
The BBC iPlayer launch on Virgin Media was the close runner up for the Award. The voting panel commented that the BBC iPlayer service on the Virgin Media platform “is the first successful mainstream example of VOD to TV – and as such leads the way to the future” and is “a service that consumers clearly want to use”.
On receiving the award Freesat MD, Emma Scott, said, “Freesat is delighted to accept this award amidst some strong competition. It’s great recognition of the expertise and commitment that’s gone into launching and developing such a great service.”
“With the support of our shareholders BBC and ITV, as well as our channel, manufacturer and retail partners, we have delivered upon our promise of brilliant free digital TV for everyone and provided an excellent value option for those who want high definition TV without subscription. We are very much a vital piece in the future development of UK television.”
Neil Gaydon, Chief Executive Office at Pace plc, commented: “Technology innovation has been central to Pace’s success throughout our history and our reason for creating this Award. The Freesat service is an excellent example of how this industry is constantly evolving and how consumers are benefiting from new services to access digital TV services.”
Simon Gauntlett, Director of Technology at the Digital TV Group added: “The UK is one of the leading digital TV markets in Europe. We are leading the way in new technologies and penetration of services. The Freesat service is a leading example of how the UK has achieved this position, and why we remain at the forefront of the marketplace.”
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