VENICE, Italy, November 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
"Over 50% of the channels awarded at this year's Eutelsat TV Awards are in High Definition and have been launched over the last 12 months," Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman and CEO announced tonight in Venice at the Awards ceremony of Eutelsat's international broadcasting event. " This result highlights more than ever the vitality and boundless creativity of the television business as well as its commitment to deliver an exceptional viewing experience. Congratulations to all channels for making this year ' s event our best ever. "
The Eutelsat TV Awards is a unique event recognising the quality of thematic satellite TV channels. Over 100 channels from 20 countries participated in this year's competition, their programming formats, innovation and audience relationship judged by an independent panel of media experts representing the world's most dynamic broadcasting markets.Duilio Giammaria, RAI television presenter and Jury Chairman of the Eutelsat TV Awards added: " From channels with a 20-year legacy to new entrepreneurial ventures in emerging markets, the jury assessed the quality of content creation, innovative programme packaging and how channels are leveraging technology to engage with their audience. It ' s no understatement to say that the story of television is still being written and that programme-makers are constantly turn ing new viewing platforms and changing audience habits to their advantage. " Eutelsat TV Awards Winners 2013 Children's - M2 ( Hungary) Cinema - Moviemax Festival HD ( Turkey) Culture/Documentaries - Sky Arte ( Italy) Fiction/General Entertainment - Chérie 25 ( France) Lifestyle - Auto Plus ( Russia) Music - Gospel Music TV (UK); Mezzo Live HD ( France) News/Information - CCTV News ( China) Sport - L'Equipe 21 ( France) Best Programme - Mussolini - il cadavere vivente, RAI ( Italy); The Eurochannel Short-Films Tour, Eurochannel ( USA) People's Choice - PMC (UAE) In addition to Awards bestowed by the jury, Eutelsat announced two special awards at tonight's ceremony in Venice. An Award to Sky Group that over the past 10 years has placed innovation at the heart of its growth strategy with initiatives that include:
- Special Event channels - The James Bond 007 Channel to celebrate 50 years of Bond films, The Oscar Channel, The Christmas Channel
- News and sport channels offering multiple camera angles and feeds
- Sky Go and Sky on Demand applications to engage with subscribers through a multiplicity of screens
- Offering the highest quality of image and sound quality with HD and 3D