TechTV , CEA Launch "TechTV's Best of CES" Awards
TechTV, the on-air and online network dedicated to the digital lifestyle, and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today unveiled the first-ever "TechTV's Best of CES", an awards program to recognize and honor the most outstanding new consumer technology products on show at the 2001 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
"TechTV's Best of CES" is the newest feature of the 2001 International CES, the world's largest annual tradeshow for consumer technology, to be held January 6-9, 2001, in Las Vegas. Nominations are encouraged from CES exhibitors and will be accepted through December 7, 2000 (entry details below).
Winners representing the hottest products and services will be chosen by a cast of professional product evaluators, including TechTV's on-air host and editorial director, Jim Louderback, who will review and compare new products appearing for the first time at CES, judging them according to the "wow" factor, usability, usefulness, and affordability.
"Consumer electronics options are expanding tremendously. Many great products are released every year, but only a few rise above the crowd and become 'must have' devices," said Louderback. "Each year at CES the gold products are introduced, and through our awards program, we'll help guide consumers to what is truly the best of the new."
Thirty products will be selected as finalists in 10 categories, which include Mobile Devices, Digital Imaging, Home Automation and Smart Appliances.
Judges will select a winner in each category and from the 10 winners will choose two winners for additional Best of Show honors: Best Lifestyle product and Best Workstyle product. Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Sunday, January 7, and will be aired exclusively on TechTV, one of the fastest growing cable networks in the US.
Unlike other CES awards, judging for "TechTV's Best of CES" happens right on the show floor. This makes it ideal for new products making their first public appearance at the show.
"The industry can learn about some of the hottest products at CES through 'TechTV's Best of CES'," said Karen Chupka, vice president, conferences and events, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the sponsor, manager and producer of CES. "TechTV's full coverage of the award show will provide consumers with multi-platform (TV, Internet, Web radio) access to behind-the-scenes sights, sounds and experiences of CES and will provide industry experts, consumers and reporters with a great resource for hot new product information."
To enter a product into "TechTV's Best of CES", CES exhibitors must fill out an entry form (download from www.techtv.com or www.cea.org), and send two complete press kits with photos of the product to TechTV. All entries must be received by December 7, 2000.