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Smart British TV tech ideas head for world’s biggest showcase

Four pioneering British TV tech companies have been picked to pitch their inventions to the world’s broadcasting industry.

Chirp, CrowdEmotion, StreamHub and Grabyo won the DTG Television Innovation Awards 2014 to get free exhibition space at IBC 2014 in Amsterdam this September.

They’ll be pitching for business to more than 50,000 exhibitors and attendees from world of broadcasting at the five-day show.

Chirp: There are more loudspeakers on Earth than there are people
Chirp: There are more loudspeakers on Earth than there are people

Richard Lindsay-Davies, CEO of the Digital TV Group, said: “The quality and diversity of this year’s entries shows us how much television technology innovation is coming out of, or scaling up, in the UK. I have high hopes for all of our award finalists.”

The winners competed with four other finalists in a Dragon’s Den-style fast-pitching session to judges from YouTube, BBC Worldwide Labs, Digital TV Group, UK Trade & Investment, Televisual magazine and Sony Europe.

Taking their space alongside the DTG in September will be:

  • Chirp: an application which sends messages via audio between devices like TVs and phones to trigger interactive content. It’s already available to download and they’re planning inaudible subsonic messages as well as building the tech into TV chipsets.
  • CrowdEmotion: a frightening but brilliant software which can read expressions in real time to see how viewers and reacting. Now working on applying their tech to speech and other emotional output.
  • Grabyo: allows users to quickly edit and share branded video clips with built-in advertising from live broadcasts onto social media, tested during Wimbledon.
  • StreamHub: analytics which combines traditional viewing figures with Twitter, Facebook and YouTube data for a bigger picture of how TV is performing.

The DTG is the UK TV industry’s technology taskforce, combining manufacturers, broadcasters and others to debate and define the specifications for Freeview, HD TV and emerging technologies like connected TV and Ultra HD.

Recombu’s digital editor, Alex Lane, was a judge on the shortlisting panel for the DTG Innovation Awards 2014.

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