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Engineering Emmy Investigations

The Engineering Awards Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has voted to investigate 17 technologies for possible Emmy-award recognition.  The fact that investigations are taking place does not guarantee an award (there can also be more than one award per technology).

The two questions that must be answered in each investigation are:

1. Does this technology deserve Emmy-award recognition?

and, if so,

2. Who should get the award(s)?

The primary criterion for question 1 is whether the engineering developments or standards involved “materially have affected” television.

Here is a list of the 17 technologies with their committee designations:

11-2 – real-time presentation of broadcast content to mobile-phone devices

11-4 – pioneering development of large-scale content-delivery networks (CDNs) for IP video delivery

11-5 – local cable ad insertion technology

11-7 – multi-bitrate encoding / adaptive-bitrate streaming for delivery of television programming

11-8 – development and commercialization of MPEG-4 HD to MPEG-2 HD real-time transcoding commercial digital satellite receivers

11-9 – short time delay in TV broadcasting

11-12 – pioneering development and commercialization of integrated aspect-ratio conversion within a production switcher

11-15 – interrupted foldback (IFB)

11-16 – system for automated migration of media assets

11-17 – pioneering development of large-venue large-screen direct-view color video displays

11-21 – pioneering development and deployment of active format description and aspect-ratio control technologies and systems

11-22 – development of integrated deployable systems for live reporting from remote environments

11-31 – standardization of loudness metering for use in broadcast audio

11-33 – pioneering on-screen electronic program guides

11-35 – pioneering development of event-driven control-room automation systems for production of live television shows, encompassing full control of robotic cameras, audio, graphics, and video sources

11-43 – professional portable tapeless acquisition on low-cost optical media

11-46 – removable solid-state memories for video camcorders

If you have any information that might assist the investigative subcommittees with their work, please send it to me no later than May 31, 2011, and I will forward it to them.