05 Jan DEG Honors Industry’s Finest at CES 2017
Launches Best Digital Product or Service Award
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 5, 2017) – During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group celebrated its 20th anniversary at its annual reception and awarded top honors for digital entertainment products.
The DEG Emiel N. Petrone Innovation Awards
In memory of the DEG’s founding Chairman Emiel N. Petrone, the DEG has four awards to acknowledge the year’s most outstanding digital entertainment products released in calendar 2016 in the categories of Best 4K Ultra HD TV, Best Sound Bar, Best Ultra HD Blu-ray Player and Best Hi-Res Audio Product. Selected by a panel of product reviewers from the industry’s home theater enthusiast publications, the following four products will be awarded with the top honors:
Best 4K Ultra HD TV: LG OLED B6
Best Sound Bar: Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos
Best Ultra HD Blu-ray Player: Samsung UBD-K8500 Blu-ray Player
Best Hi-Res Audio Product: Onkyo DP-X1 Portable Hi-Res Music Player
Additionally, the DEG introduced an award for Best Digital Product or Service Innovation. Nominations were culled from the DEG membership who also voted for the slate of nominees. Sonopress, a new member of DEG, won for their Ultra HD Blu-ray 100 GB Disc. This award recognizes the development of an integral-fully-automated replication line for the optical disc format Ultra HD BD 100, the so-called triple layer disc, with capacity of 100 GB. This follows the dual layer disc UHD BD 66 which was available in market earlier in 2016. The release of the Warner Bros.’ title, Batman vs. Superman, marked the first mass-produced title of the triple layer Ultra HD disc. The new configured production line was developed entirely in-house at Sonopress with its engineers and technicians.
“As the industry pivots to meet consumer demands for more innovative and diverse forms of delivering content, so too, must we provide a seamless and frictionless means to bring content to consumers,” said Amy Jo Smith, President, DEG. “We are delighted to recognize Sonopress with the inaugural DEG Digital Product Innovation Award for its part in bringing 4K Ultra HD into the home in a more robust fashion.”
DEG Creative Excellence Awards
The DEG also awarded seven awards to acknowledge Creative Excellence in Blu-ray Disc and Digital HD titles released in calendar 2016. The judging panel consisted of reviewers and industry reporters from trade, entertainment and daily consumer news organizations. In addition to overall sound and picture quality, all titles were considered for those features that best demonstrate the value-added nature of the formats. The DEG Creative Excellence Award Winners for 2016:
Best 4K UHD Blu-ray: Deadpool (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
Best New Release on Blu-ray: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios)
Best New Release on Digital HD: Sully (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
Best Classic Reissue on Blu-ray: Star Trek 50th Anniversary TV & Movie Collection (Paramount Home Media Distribution)
Best Classic Reissue on Digital HD: Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary (Walt Disney Studios)
Best TV on Blu-ray: ESPN 30 for 30: O.J. Made in America (Cinedigm)
Best Concert Video on Blu-ray: U2: iNNOCENVE + eXPERIENCE Live in Paris (Universal Music Group) Best Hi-Res Audio Download: Led Zeppelin – The Complete BBC Sessions (Warner Music Group)
The DEG advocates and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels which support the movie, television, music, consumer electronics and IT industries.
DEG membership is comprised of: Amazon, BBC AMERICA, bitMAX, CenturyLink, Cinedigm Entertainment, Comcast Cable, comScore, DTS Inc., Deloitte, Deluxe Digital, DirecTV, Dolby Laboratories, DreamWorks Animation, Giant Interactive, Giraffic Technologies, GfK Entertainment, Gibson Brands, Google Play, HBO Home Entertainment, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, IHS, IMAX, Intel, Irdeto, LG Electronics USA, Lionsgate, MAI, Mediamorph, MGM, Microsoft, Midnight Oil, MovieLabs, MQA, Music Watch Inc., My Eye Media, Neustar Media, Nielsen Entertainment, NPD Group, One+K, The Orchard, Outpost Media, Panasonic, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Parrot Analytics, PBS Distribution, Philips Electronics, Playster, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Random Media, Redbox, Rovi, Samsung Electronics, Screen Engine/ASI, ScreenPlay, SellThruCo, Sonopress, Sony DADC, Sony Electronics, Sony Music Entertainment, Starz, a Lionsgate Company, Technicolor , TiVo, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Universal Operations Group, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, V2Solutions, Verizon Digital Media Services, Vubiquity, W2O Group, Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and Western Digital.