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DTV Pioneers Awarded by CEA

CEA CONGRATULATES 2004 ACADEMY OF DIGITAL TELEVISION PIONEERS AWARD RECIPIENTS

Winners in 10 Categories Announced Today During CEA’s 2005 HDTV Summit

Arlington, Virginia 3/15/2005 — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) congratulated recipients of the 2004 Academy of Digital Television Pioneers (DTV Academy) Awards that were announced during CEA’s tenth-annual HDTV Summit: The Analog Cut-off: What will it take? What are the opportunities?, which is being held today at the Washington D.C. Convention Center.

The awards, presented during a special luncheon honoring the DTV Academy, recognized achievements made throughout 2004 in ten categories:

Best DTV Over the Air Network – CBS
Best DTV Cable System – Comcast
Best DTV Cable or Satellite Service- DirecTV
Best DTV Satellite Programmer – ESPN
Best DTV Sporting Event – CBS Super Bowl XXVIII
Best Original DTV Material – CBS for CSI and ESPN’s HD Sport Center (two-way tie)
Best DTV Journalism – HDTV Insider Best Industry DTV Leadership – Mr. Peter Fannon, Panasonic Corporation of North America
Best Government DTV Leadership – The Honorable John McCain, United States Senate
Best Retail DTV Leadership – Best Buy

The annual DTV Awards are independently voted on and bestowed by the DTV Academy – a select group of 203 individuals who have played a significant role in the decade-long effort to make digital television a reality for consumers. The DTV Academy represents excellence in all aspects of digital content development and delivery, analog-to-digital transition leadership and the manufacture of high-definition television (DTV)products. More than half of the 203 DTV Academy members are individuals outside the consumer electronics industry.

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“The DTV Academy award winners and nominees should be proud of all of their achievements and contributions in the world of high definition television,” said CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro. “As the transition to digital television draws to an end, the innovations and accomplishments of the members of the DTV Academy become even more real. It is an honor each year to present awards recognizing the most recent achievements on the road to DTV.”

For more information on the HDTV Summit and the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, visit www.CE.org/hdtvsummit or www.CE.org/dtvacademy.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 2,000 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA’s members account for more than $121 billion in annual sales. CEA’s resources are available online at www.CE.org, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry.

CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – Defining Tomorrow’s Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

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