Strong Tech-Emmy Showing for Cable

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Cable’s adventures into interactive television dominated the nominees for the advanced-media-technology Emmy Awards, to be presented Nov. 15 in New York.

Cable copped 12 of 19 nominations, with Cablevision Systems Corp. earning three for applications “iO Dashboard,” “iO Games Channel” and the “Zodiac Gaming Arcade” package.

DirecTV Inc. got three nominations -- one in partnership with EchoStar Communications Corp. -- and ABC, CBS and Canadian Broadcast Corp. got one nod each.

The nominees for achievement in advanced technology to enhance original TV content were ABC for Celebrity Mole, DirecTV for “NFL Sunday Ticket Enhanced Service,” GSN interactive on Oceanic Time Warner Cable (a partnership of GSN, Time Warner and GoldPocket Interactive Inc.), “JETIX Cards Live! Enhanced” for ABC Family and Toon Disney and the Zed “Uncut” episode on CBC TV and the Web (www.cbc.ca).

Honorees for nonsynchronous enhancement of original content were iO Dashboard and iO Games Channel on Cablevision; Showtime Interactive on EchoStar’s Dish Network and DirecTV; Survivor All-Stars Interactive on CBS; and “You Do the Toons” on Discovery Kids.

The nominees for nontraditional programs or platforms were DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket Enhanced Service; the “EventMatrix ITV System” by GoldPocket; “Moxi Media Center User Information,” a partnership of Charter Communications Inc., Adelphia Communications Corp. and Digeo Inc.; Ted Chicago launch on Comcast Cable Networks; and The JETIX Cards Live! platform.

Video-game developers receiving nominations were Buzztime Entertainment Inc. for “Trivia Channel 1.5” with Time Warner of Maine; JETIX Cards Live! Enhanced TV; Sesame Street Play and Learn Channel; and Time Warner Cable for “Zodiac Gaming Arcade Package.”

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