According to Reuters, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has named the finalists for the 2005-06 Interactive Television Emmys, which recognizes television broadcast content distributed solely over broadband.
The announcements, which were made by ATAS Interactive Media Peer Group co-governors Brian Seth Hurst and Marcelino Ford-Livene, include online leaders along with the new video-on-demand service Vongo, which all represent the burgeoning union of television and interactive that has been coined TV 2.0.
“This is monumental — that any TV distribution over broadband will now be eligible across all categories for the Primetime Emmys,” raves Hurst in a press statement, adding that content created exclusively for the broadband platform can now hold its own ground against network content.
Finalists in the category of enhanced or interactive programming include AOL Music On Demand, CNN Enhanced, DirecTV Interactive Sport, and TiVo.
As for enhanced or interactive programming-new delivery platforms, the finalists include ABC.com Full Episode Streaming Player, Danny Bowles and the Jade Treasure, Stranger Adventures, Riddle Production in Association with Red Car, MLB.TV Mosaic, and Vongo Video Download Service.
ATAS’ Interactive Peer Group began awarding Emmy statuettes last year. This year’s finalists were chosen by members voting online for the third year.
Winners will be announced July 26 at the American Film Institute Digital Content Festival, with the winners receiving their Emmys on August 19 at the Creative Arts Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.