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The winners of the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards include creative innovators across a wide range of industries, from broadcasting to broadband, from computer games to virtual worlds, from TV monitors to game controllers. Find out what CNN, Nintendo, Quake, Warcraft, Second Life and Sony have in common…

CNN, Nintendo, Quake, Warcraft, Second Life and Sony were among the honorees when the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced the winners of the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. The 2008 Emmy Awards, presented at the at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, honoured Science, Engineering and Technology Achievements for Broadcast, Broadband and Personal Television. Gaming achievements were also honoured.

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The Technology & Engineering Awards honour excellence in advances in the use, creativity and adaptation of technology that enhances or improves the consumer experience with media across multiple platforms.

Emmy awards event sponsor Thomson, along with broadband sponsor Level 3 Communications, were joined by media sponsor Broadcasting & Cable Magazine to support the ceremony.

Among the presenters at the evening ceremony were Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Peter Price, president and CEO of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Also on hand to present awards were Technology & Engineering Emmy Award Chairman Charles Jablonski, Chairman of the Advanced Media Committee Shelly Palmer, Chairman of the Gaming Committee Seth Haberman, and Variety’s Chief Marketing Officer Madelyn Hammond. They were joined by fellow presenters David Ashbrock, Phil Dubbs, Jacques Dunogue, David Horowitz, Drew Ianni, John Luff, Skip Pizzi, Hal Protter, David Rosenberg and Drew Schutte.

Left to Right: Actor David Caruso: astronaut Buzz Aldrin: NATAS President & CEO Peter Price and Thomson President Jacques Dunogue celebrate the 59th NATAS Technology & Engineering Awards for Television (Photo: Business Wire)

“For the first time in our 59 year history, not all winners will be presented with an Emmy statuette at this year’s ceremony due to litigation with the Hollywood-based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences,”” said Peter Price, President and CEO, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “”We are in court aggressively fighting for the right to recognize the talents and achievements of these companies and individuals without whom our industry would not be the world leader it is today. Once victorious, we plan to present each winner from tonight’s event with their own Emmy.””

A detailed listing of all awards is below as compiled by the independent accountancy firm of Lutz and Carr, LLP. A list of winners for the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards is also available on the National Television Academy’s website at http://www.emmyonline.tv

The Winners

Following are the winners of “”classic”” Emmy Awards for Science, Engineering & Technology for Television as selected by a panel of industry experts:

The Emmy Awards for ATSC broadcast transmission system RF filters:

The Emmy Awards for Development, productization, and commercialization of interactive Video-on-Demand (VOD) two-way infrastructure and signaling, leading to large scale VOD implementations:

The Emmy Award for Coaxial cable technology:

The Emmy Award for Pioneering development of a fully monitored fiber optic based digital network for occasional use and full time video services with fully provisioned local video access at shared use sports venues:

The Emmy Award for Development and implementation of an integrated and portable IP-based live, edit and store-and-forward digital newsgathering system:

The Emmy Awards for Monitoring for compliance standards for ATSC & DVB transport streams:

Following are the advanced media technology winners for Science, Engineering & Technology for Broadband & Personal Television.

The Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Best Use of Commercial Advertising on Stand-Alone Broadband Devices (Personal Computers) are:

The Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Best Use for Creation and Distribution of Interactive Commercial Advertising Delivered Through Multi-Channel Broadband Devices (Digital Set Top Boxes) are:

The Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Synchronous Enhancement of Original Television Content for Interactive Use (Two Screen Environment TV /PC or TV / Mobile Device) are:

The Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Creation of Non-Traditional Programs or Platforms are:

The Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Best Use of Personal Media Display and Presentation Technology (PSP, Cell Phone, Personal Media Player, Mobile Devices) are:

The Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Best Use of “”On Demand”” (Consumer Scheduled or Programmed) Technology Over Broadband Networks for Active “”lean-forward”” Viewing (PC) are:

The Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for Best Use of “”On Demand”” (Consumer Scheduled or Programmed) Technology Over Broadband Networks for Passive “”lean-backward”” Viewing (TV) are:

Following are the winners for Engineering & Technology for Creation and Implementation of Video Games and Platforms.

The Awards for Game Controller Innovation:

The Awards for Handheld Game Device Display Screen Innovation:

The Awards for User Generated Content – Game Modification:

The Awards for Development of Massively Multiplayer Online Graphical Role Playing Games:

The Awards for Visual Digital Content Creation Tools and their Impact:

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