Eutelsat unveils 2016 awards winners

Eutelsat awardsFilmBox Arthouse, Trace Sports Stars and Sky Atlantic HD were among the winners at the Eutelsat TV Awards in Rome on Friday evening.

Sky Atlantic HD in Italy won the award for best fiction/general entertainment channel, and also shared the award for Best programme with German channel Spiegel TV Wissen. Sky Atlantic HD Italy was recognized for 1992, while Spiegel TV Wissen was recognized for Inside IS – War in the Name of Allah.

FilmBox Arthouse won in the best cinema channel category, while Trace Sports Stars took the prize for best lifestyle channel.

The People’s Choice award went to Al Jazeera Balkans from Bosnia & Herzegovina. Eutelsat also presented an award to Discovery “for 30 years in the business and for its relentless drive to generate outstanding content matched to diversified age groups, demographics and regions” and another to the Vatican’s CTV for its work in UHD.

Serbian pay TV operator SBB’s Total TV satellite platform was given award for accelerating its transition from SD to 100% HD.

Other winners included Slovakia’s DuckTV, which won in the kids category, Russia’s 365 Days TV, which took the prize for best culture/documentary channel, Germany’s Classica, which won the prize for best music channel, Rai News 24, winner in the news category and Mexico’s PXTV, which took home the prize for best sports channel.

The Eutelsat TV Awards is an annual competition that recognizes the quality of the channels broadcasting via Eutelsat satellites.

Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, said: “The Awards is a unique opportunity to take the pulse of our industry. We are seeing channels that have started on Internet platforms move to satellite to expand their reach. We are in awe of the bravery of reporters who confront challenging and complex subjects and we are thrilled by the outstanding technical quality achieved for live concerts, matches and documentaries. It is a privilege to salute these achievements.”