The National Award, terms and conditions

Organizers:

“Midexpo” Exhibition Company and the Russian Association of Cable Television

Objectives

  • To promote and popularise the services, technologies and content among operators and subscribers of multi-channel TV networks
  • To consolidate market players
  • To identify quality products and services and to drive the professional growth of the participant companies

Advantages of participation in the National Awards

  • Promotion of TV channels, services and technologies in multi-channel digital TV
  • The right for the winners to use the registered trademark in printed, TV, outdoor and other types of advertisements during the period of one year
  • Increased rating of the channels in cable and satellite networks
  • Promotion of products and services in multichannel digital TV networks
  • Promotion of new technologies of digital broadcasting among the viewers
  • The Award is widely covered and promoted by the mass media and advertising. 


I. Details of nominations, assessment criteria and jury

“OPERATOR” CATEGORY

Nominations:

  • The best innovative product / service of the company-operator (operators with the number of subscribers from 10 000 to 100 000) 
  • The best innovative product / service of the company-operator (operators with the number of subscribers from 100 001) 

    Assessment criteria:
    - additional services of the operator (VoD, Pay-Per-View, etc.)
    - availability of original ideas and realization
    - decrease of the subscriber’s outflow

Jury:

Journalists representing the Pay TV industry together with representatives of Cable and Satellite TV operators. 


Equipment and technologies” CATEGORY

Nominations:

  • The best platform for IP TV & OTT TV 

    Assessment criteria:
    - range of services
    - supported protocols and devices
    - provided monetization opportunities
    - availability and capacity of the content delivery network
    - realization volume (the presence of operators and content-providers, who use the solution)
    - feedback with content-provider
    - control parameters that determine the quality of the platform (within SLA-agreement)
    - scalability of the platform 

  • The best set-top box for OTT and hybrid receiving 

    Assessment criteria:
    - basic services and opportunities to download new apps
    - convenience and speed of the interface work
    - additional features of the device

  • The best cloud solution 

    Assessment criteria:
    - provided services for customers
    - scope of solutions in the cloud implementation
    - coverage area
    - extensibility and scalability
    - service packages and tariff plans
    - organization of technical support

  • Innovation of the network architecture 

    Assessment criteria:

    - novelty/ breakthrough of the project
    - project scope (geographical coverage, quantitative and qualitative characteristics, the estimated subscriber base)
    - implementation of the head end (architecture features, selection of equipment and technological solutions, its configuration, reliability, distribution of functions between the central head end and remote head end (if applicable), the ratio price/quality, the possibility to circulate the solution)
    - transport and distribution network (the selection of architecture and technology taking into account the geography of the network, the type of construction and density of subscribers; coverage of a variety of transmission media; the scalability of the solution; the novelty and expected life span, the ratio price/quality)
    - implementation of monitoring and redundancy throughout the network
    - operator’s technical support 

  • The best VOD-service (assessment criteria under creating)

  • The best multiscreen/ OTT TV-service (assessment criteria under creating)

  • The best CDN-solution (assessment criteria under creating)

Jury:

Journalists representing the Pay TV industry and market experts. 

*In addition to providing information on the above criteria, nominees will need to provide required additional materials to basic applications,  which can include confirmations of implementation, licenses, presentations, reviews, logos, links, screenshots, pictures (depending on the requirements of the exact category).

“TV- CHANNELS” CATEGORY

Nominations:

  • Information-business channel
  • Documentary- educational channel
  • Entertainment channel
  • Sports channel
  • Music channel
  • Movie-series channel
  • Children’s channel
  • Hobby channel

    Assessment criteria:
    - broadcasting area
    - volume of home production
  • TV Shop channel

    Assessment criteria:
    - broadcasting area
    - volume of home production
    - number of live broadcasts a day
    - exclusive products

Jury:

Journalists representing multichannel digital TV industry, multichannel digital TV operators and market experts.

THE AUDIENCE VOTING will take place in the following nominations of the “TV-channels” category:

  • Information-business channel
  • Documentary-educational channel
  • Entertainment channel
  • Sports channel
  • Music channel
  • Movie-series channel
  • Children's channel

Audience voting will take place on the official website of the Award www.bigdigit.ru

Audience voting will define the winners in every nomination. TV-channels that attain the maximum number of votes will receive a special prize - Audience’ Choice Award.

Audience voting is open to anybody (viewers) and valuable prizes will be presented to randomly selected voting participants.

Audience voting will be significantly highlighted within the Award’s media campaign. There will be a video on the information channels and TV channels to promote the audience voting of the Award.

Audience voting will take place from 1st to the 15th of December 2016. 


“TV PROGRAMMES” SUBCATEGORY

Nominations:

  • Information-analytical programme

  • Documentary-educational programme

  • Entertainment programme/ show

  • Programme for children and youth

  • Musical programme/ show

  • Hobby programme

  • Kitchen & cuisine programme

    Assessment criteria: 
    - ingenuity
    - topicality
    - creative implementation
    - stylistics


II. Participants

“Operator” category

Applications for this category will be accepted from the federal and regional operators of multichannel digital TV from Russia and CIS countries.

“Equipment and technologies” category

Applications for this category will be accepted from the operators of multiservice networks, manufacturers, developers, distributors of the equipment and software; system integrators; online-video services for end users.

The applications to this category are accepted from foreign companies in Russian language only.

“TV channels” category

Applications for this category will be accepted from the Russian and foreign TV channels broadcasting via multichannel digital TV distribution in the Russian language in Russia and CIS countries as well as from the Russian channels that broadcast abroad.

“TV programmes” subcategory

Applications for this subcategory will be accepted from Russian and overseas TV channels that broadcast via multichannel digital TV distribution in the Russian language, in Russia and CIS countries. Applications can also be submitted by Russian TV channels that broadcast abroad and have Russian- language TV programmes. These TV programmes can be developed by either the TV channel itself or commissioned to a third party during the year that precedes the application submission period.

Those programmes that have already been shown on the Russian federal TV channels CANNOT take part in the nomination.

Procedure for the Jury voting

From the 14th of November to the 14th of December 2016 the Jury members (according to each nomination category) will elect the best TV channels, operators, technologies and equipment among the applicants to National Award - 2017.

Members of the Jury may reject any application in the event that it does not conform to the nomination it has applied for.

If a company plans to participate and its executive is a member of the Jury in the chosen nomination – for its judging will be involved an independent expert.

Procedure for the audience voting

Audience voting takes place from the 1st of December to the 15th of December 2016 on the website of the Award. It is assisted by the Pay TV operators and media. The voting list is based on the applications to the National Award.

In every nomination:

  • One winner will be selected by jury voting
  • One winner will be selected by audience voting (for “TV channels” category)

Up to two winners can be chosen in case of the equal distribution of the votes.

The Jury has the right to announce special nominations, different from the main nominations of the Award.

III. Awarding ceremony

The awarding ceremony will take place on the 8th of February 2017 within the CSTB. Telecom & Media’2017 tradeshow.

The official announcement of the results will take place on the 9th of February 2017 at CSTB. Telecom & Media’2017 tradeshow. The results will also be published on the official website of the Award www.bigdigit.ru , the website of the exhibitionwww.cstb.ru, and in mass media.  


IV. Advertisement campaign

The Award and its results will be extensively covered by the specialised and business media, on the websites of the multi-channel Digital TV operators (those supporting the Award) as well as on Pay TV channels.

For more details, please visit our website www.bigdigit.ru.

V. Conditions

COST OF PARTICIPATION:

Registration fee for the application to one nomination – 25 000 Rubles (18% VAT excluded)

Registration fee for the operator companies with the number of subscribers from 10 000 to 100 000 – 2500 Rubles (18% VAT excluded)

Registration fee for the “TV programmes” subcategory is free of charge.

DISCOUNT:

  • For the participants of CSTB'2017 with exhibition space –10% discount from the total cost
  • For the participants of the special exposition OTT.Market CSTB.Telecom&Media'2017 – the participation in the category “Technology and equipments” – 10 000 rubles  (18% VAT excluded)
  • For the companies applying for two or more nominations - 10% discount from the total cost
  • For the Russian Association of Cable Television member companies - 20% discount from the total cost.

The discounts cannot be compounded.

Discounts are not available for operators with the number of subscribers from 10000 to 100000.

Discounts are not available to the “TV programmes” participants. 

Submission of applications

In order to facilitate the process, applicants can fill in the form provided on their personal page on the Award website. Applicants will be given a log-in and a password to enter their personal page and to fill in the application. Applications and any additional materials are to be submitted before the 16th of October 2016.

Technical requirement to the applications can be found in the descriptions of the relevant nominations.

The nominee is fully responsible for the material he/she provides. The information about the nominee will be published in the same way as the application was submitted, i.e. with the same punctuation and grammar as in the application.

We kindly ask all the participants to read thoroughly all the assessment criteria and to provide the information accordingly. Please, do follow the mandatory requirements in the application and in the Statement on the National Award. Pease ensure that you to provide ALL THE MATERIAL IN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH THE INDICATED REQUIREMENTS.

In the event that incomplete or invalid information and material are provided, the Organizer is entitled to exclude the application from the list. The list of the materials to be provided can be found in the application or in the Statement on the National Award.  

VI. Steering Committee

Co-chairs:

Yuri Pripachkin – President, Russian Association of Cable Television
Irina Nedumova – CEO, “Midexpo”

Members of the Steering Committee:

Irina Ushakova – Executive Director, Russian Association of Cable Television
Denis Rychka – Project Coordinator, press-secretary of the Russian Association of Cable Television

To participate, please, contact:

MIDEXPO exhibition company
Phone.: +7 (495) 737-74-79

Anna Koksina 
E-mail: koksina@midexpo.ru

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