2. December 2019
18. March 2020

Connect-Award 2020

Digital Only on 23rd June 2020

The current situation makes it possible: digital award ceremony & mini-conference all-in-one! Join us on 23 June 2020 and enjoy the presentation of the “Connect! The Smart TV Award” including Insights from the conference MEDIENTAGE Special “Connect! The Future of TV” – and all of that online only!

The award is intended to honour special innovations, apps and services in the field of connected TV. 

Together with our partners, the German TV Platform and MEKmedia, we have come up with an exciting programme and we decided to move parts of the event into the web and furthermore to integrate it into the MTM20. 
The most important things at a glance:

  • 23 June 2020, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
    The award ceremony “Connect! The Smart TV Award” takes place online only in combination with a series of interesting talks from the MEDIENTAGE Special “Connect! The Future of TV” conference. Please note that the mini-conference will only be held in German language. Registration is free of charge! 
  • The further extensive program of the conference “Connect! The Future of TV” will be integrated into the MEDIENTAGE MÜNCHEN 2020 (24-30 October 2020) Details and programme information will be available soon on the MEDIENTAGE programme page!


Register here free of charge for 23 June:

Please note that the mini-conference will only be held in German language.


Information for ticket holders:

If you already have a ticket for “Connect! The Future of TV” on 22.4.2020 or 23.6.2020, we will refund the full ticket price. You don’t have to do anything for this, the refund will be made automatically via our ticketing partner Xing-Events (New Work SE). Please be aware that this may take some time.


Award-Categories and the shortlist at a glance

1) Like2Use – Best User Experience
In this category, the best user experience with services on connected TV is awarded. Preconditions are optimal usability, i.e. the intuitive handling and user-friendliness of applications on connected TVs, as well as the perfect user experience, which sustainably generates enthusiasm among viewers and makes the overall experience of using the app attractive. In addition to simple usability, this also includes helpful features within the application, an attractive design and a positive brand image.

ProSiebenSat.1 Digital
ProSiebenSat.1 – HbbTV Recommendation Engine for personalised recommendations

Sky Deutschland
Sky Q

Telekom Deutschland


2) Feels like Magic – Best technological Innovation
Modern smart TVs offer an attractive combination of technology, design and a diverse entertainment experience. The Feels like Magic category honours outstanding technological innovations on smart TVs that take the connected TV experience to a new level. The award-winning technological innovation can be on the device side or relate to a service or app in the connected TV environment that enables a new TV experience (e.g. new ways of interacting with smart TVs, AI/voice recognition, gamification features, in-app shopping, smart home functions, etc.).

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Behinderung und Medien (abm), Bayerische Medien Technik (bmt), Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT)
Television for ALL – all inclusive with HbbTV

Panasonic Business Support Europe
HbbTV OpApp Implementation

Zattoo Deutschland
Zattoo Platform Smart TV development


3) Loud & Clear – Best Brand Performance
In this category the best brand performance in connected television is awarded. We consider all successful brand experiences on smart TVs. This can include corporate channels, successful advertising campaigns or apps.

FUNKE Digital TV Guide
TV DIGITAL for Samsung Smart TV

ProSiebenSat.1 Digital
Interactive TV-Event: „Can You Survive Moon?“

PHD Germany, SEAT Deutschland
CUPRA Smart TV App


4) Good2CU – Beste Special Interest Offer
In this category outstanding special interest offers on connected TV are awarded. All special interest approaches that offer content that is customized for a clearly defined and highly focussed target group, which is classified by the jury as high-quality, suitable and consistent.

Telekom Deutschland
MagentaSport – conference-alarm


Pluto TV Europe
Pluto TV


5) All Eyes on you – Best Newcomer
The All Eyes on you category awards new connected TV services that were launched on the market between January 1, 2019 and March 4, 2020 (deadline for submissions) and which have since then set a relevant milestone for the connected TV world with their offer.

NiedersachsenRock 21

RTL2 Fernsehen
Quick Polls on behalf of RTLZWEI RED.

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Behinderung und Medien (abm), Bayerische Medien Technik (bmt), Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT)
Television for ALL – all inclusive with HbbTV


The Jury

This high-class jury of industry experts picks the winners:

  • Christine Gebhard, editor-in-chief film-tv-video.de
  • Prof. Dr. Heidi Krömker, head of department, chairwoman of the examination board for the media technology study programme, TU Ilmenau
  • Jan Möllendorf, Managing Partner defacto x
  • Jürgen Sewzcyk, Senior Advisor Commercial Development, Eutelsat
  • Torsten Zarges, chief reporter dwdl.de



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