TelcoTV Conference & Expo Announces New Vision Awards Program

Awards recognizing innovation in video and entertainment convergence will be granted to the most compelling new products, applications, or services

IRVINE, Calif.
Aug 11, 2008

TelcoTV, the premier meeting place for the massive convergence of the entertainment and communications markets, today announces a new awards program for TelcoTV 2008. The TelcoTV Vision Awards will honor innovation in video and entertainment convergence. Awards will be granted to the most compelling new products, applications, or services in each of the seven designated categories: Broadband Access Network, Conditional Access, Customer Premises Equipment, Middleware, Encoding, and two awards for Service Provider Innovation. An eighth award, Best in Show, will be bestowed upon the most innovative, most interesting technology on display at TelcoTV.

To be eligible, the product or service being nominated must have been unveiled or commercially deployed no earlier than last year's TelcoTV event (held October 23-25, 2007). Winners will be announced at TelcoTV 2008, November 11-13, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Orange County, California. The nomination deadline is September 19, 2008. For more information, and the online nomination form, please visit

Submissions will be judged by a panel of industry experts, including Bernadine Arnason, Chairman, TelcoTV; Steve Fravel, Video Services Manager, NTCA; Keith Galitz, President, Canby Telcom; Aditya Kishore, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading; Sam Masud, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading; Kevin McGuire, Vice President, Business & Technology, NTCA; and David Osborn, General Manager, Valley Telephone Cooperative.

"TelcoTV Conference & Expo, has long been recognized as a leader in the telecom marketplace, providing exceptional education and opportunities for collaboration across the entertainment and telecommunication industries. With the TelcoTV Vision Awards, we are now celebrating the achievements of the vendors and service providers who help make our show such a success and advance the telco video industry as a whole," says Joseph Braue, Group Director of TechWeb's Light Reading division, which co-produces the show with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, a group of almost 600 service providers, more than half of which offer TV and/or IPTV services.

The TelcoTV Conference & Expo includes the largest TV and IPTV focused exhibit floor in the United States, with more than 130 vendors already committed, as well as a three-day conference program that is focusing on IPTV, TV, Internet video, mobile video, advertising, and successful content strategies. See for more info.

About Light Reading

Founded in 2000, Light Reading ( is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. It reaches an extensive audience of executives and technologists within the telecom and enterprise networking communities, as well as the financial/industry analysts and investors who track these sectors. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005, and operates as a unit of TechWeb.

About TechWeb

TechWeb ( the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat, and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise,,, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services ranging from next- generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

About NTCA

The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association is the premier association representing more than 580 locally owned and managed telecommunications cooperatives and commercial companies throughout rural and small-town America. NTCA provides its members with legislative, regulatory, and industry representation; meetings; publications and educational programs; and an array of employee benefit programs. Visit us at

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