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58th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards Announced

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today (Nov. 2, 2006) the winners of its Science, Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for Broadcast Television, as well as nominations for its Science, Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for Broadband and Personal Television categories. Eddy Hartenstein, former vice chairman, The DIRECTV Group, Inc., will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Technology & Engineering during the 58th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards that will be presented at the opening evening event of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Jan. 8, 2007.

CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, will be held in Las Vegas, Jan. 8-11 and will celebrate the show's 40th anniversary.

The Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards honor achievements in two areas: Science, Engineering & Technology for Broadcast Television, which includes broadcast, cable and satellite distribution, and, secondly, Science, Engineering and Technology for Broadband and Personal Television, encompassing interactive television, gaming technology, the Internet, cell phones, private networks and personal media players. In addition, for the first time, Emmy Awards will be presented for Outstanding Innovation and Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Best Use of Personal Media Display and Presentation Technology and for Best Use by Commercials in Creation and Use in Non Traditional Platforms and Technologies.

This is a truly dynamic time for television industry, and we are recognizing the significant contributions made by technology and engineering professionals in enhancing and redefining the consumers experiences with the media, said Peter Price, president/ceo, National Television Academy. This year, we are particularly pleased to commend those who are contributing to the technical development of television anytime, anywhere through the advancement of broadband and portable delivery platforms.

Price said Hartenstein built DIRECTV from its inception into a world-class provider of digital television entertainment, plus he directed Hughes Communications expansion in commercial satellites supporting the broadcast and cable industries. "Eddys extraordinary vision and leadership put him at the forefront of the digital revolution and the direct-to-home entertainment industry," said Price.

Prior to DIRECTV Group, Hartenstein was chairman/ceo of DIRECTV Inc., where he was responsible for the strategic planning of DIRECTV, the nations leading digital multichannel television service. Hartenstein was president of DIRECTV, heading it since its inception in 1990. He assembled the DIRECTV management team and guided its strategic efforts to develop the business infrastructure necessary to launch the direct-to-home entertainment distribution service.

From 1987 through 1990, Hartenstein was svp of Hughes Communications, responsible for expanding Hughes' acquisition and deployment of commercial communications satellites. Earlier, Hartenstein was president of Equatorial Communications Services Co., providing nationwide telephony and data distribution services for a variety of Fortune 100 companies.

NATAS will also present Emmy Awards for Technology & Engineering in for six achievements, selected by a panel of industry experts. These honorees will receive their Emmy Awards at the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards ceremony at CES on Jan. 8.

The Emmy Award for Pioneering Development of On Screen Display (OSD) for Setup, Control and Configuration of Consumer Television Equipment:RCA

The Emmy Award for Streaming Media Architectures and Components:MicrosoftAdobeRealApple

The Emmy Award for Pioneering Development for Combining Multiple Transport Streams Which Are Already Encoded, Using Rate-Shaping and Statistical Re-multiplexing:Terayon Communication Systems

The Emmy Award for Development and Implementation of Automatically Assembled Dynamic Customized TV Advertising:Visible WorldWeather Channel

The Emmy Award for Technology Advances in Serial Digital Interface Solutions, Enabling Over 20 Years of Seamless Studio and Broadcast Infrastructure migration:Gennum Corporation

The Emmy Award for Privately Owned and Operated International Satellite Company Primarily for International Video Services:Rene Anselmo, PanAmSat

NATAS announced the nominations in seven Science, Technology & Engineering for Broadband & Personal Television categories, which are selected by a panel of judges from entries submitted by their originators. The seven categories include nominations in the areas of interactive television, On Demand television, the Internet and personal media display and presentation technology. The winners will be announced at CES on Jan. 8.

The nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Synchronous Enhancement of Original Television Content are:DirecTV Interactive Sports DirecTVHSN Shop by Remote HSNNBC Olympics Now BIAP Systems, Inc.

The nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Non-Synchronous Enhancement of Original Television Content are:CNN Enhanced CNN/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.Fantasy Football Tracker BIAP Systems, Inc.Passions Vendetta NBC.comSopranos: Crime. Organized Deep FocusThe Cultivated Life: Thomas Jefferson & Wine NetBlenderThe-N.com Video Mixer The N

The nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Creation of Non-Traditional Programs or Platforms are:Entriq, Inc. Mobile Technology Entriq, Inc.Switched Broadcast is Transforming TV Big Band NetworksThe Slingbox Sling MediaVid-Wave Boxx Communications

The nominees for Outstanding Innovation and Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Best Use of Personal Media Display and Presentation Technology are:Screen 3 Hill & Knowlton/MotorolaSectional Navigation Architecture GoTV NetworksXross Media Box SONY

The nominees for Outstanding Innovation and Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Best Use of On Demand Technology Over Private (closed) Networks are:Guided TV ABC On Demand Disney ABC Television GroupMoxi Adelphie On Demand Browser DigeoTime Warner Cables Start Over Time Warner Cable, Concurrent Computer Corp., Big Band Networks, Harmonic Inc., Scientific Atlanta.

The nominees for Outstanding Innovation and Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Best Use of On Demand Technology Over the Public (open) Internet are:ABC.com Full Episode Streaming Player Disney ABC Television GroupAOL Musics Top 11 Countdown Show AOL, LLCGameTap GameTap, Turner BroadcastingRevver.com RevverStim TV NPOWRVongo Starz

The nominees for Outstanding Innovation and Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Best Use by Commercials in Creation and Use in Non Traditional Platforms and Technologies are:ABC.com Full Episode Streaming Player Disney-ABC Television GroupRavenstoke Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc.TiVo Interactive Advertising Platform TiVo Inc.

The National Television Academy is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime, Creative Arts, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering and Business & Financial Reporting. Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Regional Emmys are given in 19 regions across the U.S. Beyond awards, the National Television Academy has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv.

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