TV Connect Awards: the winners revealed

Axonista, SoftAtHome, Think Analytics, Netgem, Conviva, Cleeng and BT were among the winners at the TV Connect Awards in London last night.

The awards ceremony, held at a venue near TV Connect’s new home at Olympia, where the show returned after several years at ExCeL London, honoured innovators across fields including AI, content personalisation OTT and immersive video experiences.

“Year on year our awards programme attracts first class talent, solutions, and companies which truly embody entrepreneurial spirit,” said Jackson Szabo, show manager at TV Connect.

“As an industry, we push for new technologies to drive the disruption of traditional content distribution models, platforms, and processes. This year’s TV Connect Awards winners capture this desire for change and we congratulate them, and the shortlist, for their success.”

Among the categories of the TV Connect Awards 2018 is the People’s Choice Award which honours exceptional talent in the connected entertainment industry. Voted for by the public, this year’s winner is Claire McHugh, CEO and co-founder of Axonista.

“Industry leaders deserve to be recognised for their dedication to shaping the video distribution landscape we know today, and we’re excited to give the People’s Choice Award 2018 to Claire McHugh for her pivotal role in helping power a new generation of interactive video and OTT experiences,” said Szabo.

The full list of winners is as follows:


People’s Choice Award:

WINNER: Claire McHugh, CEO and co-founder of Axonista


Breakthrough advertising technology:

WINNER: SoftAtHome


  • Inside Secure
  • Appiness NV (Commercial name Spott)
  • Stealth Micro


Leading content discovery and personalisation platform:

WINNER: Think Analytics


  • Sri Lanka Telecom Visioncom PVT Ltd
  • Kaltura


Most cutting-edge encoding solution:



  • Bitmovin
  • Beamr


Best OTT platform service:

WINNER: Intertrust Technologies


  • United Cloud
  • Simplestream
  • BT
  • Vewd
  • Magine


Most innovative in-home device:

WINNER: Netgem Soundbox


  • China Telecom Smart Home Operation Center & ZTE Corporation
  • M7 Group
  • AirTies Wireless Networks


Best in-class AI use case:

WINNER: Metaliquid


  • Bitmovin
  • Conviva
  • NPAW (NIce People At Work)


Best network optimisation implementation:

WINNER: Conviva


  • Hughes Systique
  • ZTE Corporation
  • Qarva


Best multiscreen service:



  • Simplestream
  • CSG
  • GoMedia
  • Qarva


Excellence in content protection award:

WINNER: Cleeng


  • Intertrust Technologies Corporation
  • tivù s.r.l.

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