Cable Gets Into Tech Emmys Race

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New York— Cablevision Systems Corp., Comcast Corp., Charter Communications Inc., Time Warner Cable, Toon Disney and Buzztime were among those nominated last week by National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for in the organization’s four advanced media-technology Emmy Awards competition.

The winners will be announced Nov. 15 at the Technology and Engineering Emmy awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel here.

The four nominees for enhancement of original-television content are: ABC Enhanced TV and Zetools for Celebrity Mole; DirecTV Inc. for DirecTV “NFL Sunday Ticket” Enhanced Service; Game Show Network, Time Warner’s Oceanic Cable and GoldPocket Interactive for GSN Interactive on Oceanic Time Warner Cable; ABC Family and Toon Disney for Jetix Cards Live! Enhanced TV; and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Television Network & Web for Zed “Uncut.”

Cablevision garnered two nominations in the nonsynchronous enhancement of original television content category, for its iO: Interactive Optimum “iO Dashboard” and “iO Games Channel.” Other nominations went to EchoStar Communications Corp.’s Dish Network for Showtime Interactive; CBS for “Survivor: All Stars Interactive”; and Discovery Kids for “You Do the Toons.”

Several MSOs were nominated for creating nontraditional programs and platforms. Comcast was nominated for Ted Chicago Launch, while Charter and Adelphia Communications Corp. were nominated for Moxi Media Center User Information. DirecTV was nominated for “Sunday Ticket,” Toon Disney and ABC Family for the Jetix Cards Live! platform and GoldPocket Interactive Inc. for its EventMatrix ITV system.

Nominees in the creation of video games category were Buzztime Trivia Channel’s launch on Time Warner’s Maine system, along with Time Warner Cable’s Sesame Street Play and Learn Channel.

Cablevision was nominated for its Zodiac Gaming Arcade Package and ABC Family/Toon Disney was nominated for Jetix Cards Live!

The academy will present awards in five other categories, including video-on-demand server technology, but has not released the list of nominees.

It’s the second year the academy has handed out Emmys for ITV and the first year video games have appeared as a category.

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