Winner
Penthera – Cache&Carry
While TV Everywhere is supposed to be, well… everywhere—it’s really not. And that’s where Penthera’s Cache&Carry comes in, thinking beyond streaming and actually enabling customers to download content to their mobile devices. With Apple, Amazon and YouTube among big players offering download options,  Penthera has pointed out the benefit of MVPDs offering the same capability and in a way that protects copyright holders and distributors. By letting consumers download authorized content to their choice of devices, Penthera’s cloud-based software ensures a quality experience by the end consumer while enforcing the rights of copyright holders. And with Cache&Carry’s “push” capability, a show can download overnight to a device, ready for viewing the next day. With deals already in place with big names like Nokia and Comcast, we’re guessing Penthera will be around for the long haul.
 
Honorable Mentions
Cisco Systems – Contour from Cox
Contour continues to gain buzz for Cox as a handy way to personalize television and integrate TVE content on second screens while also retaining all the best classic features of a DVR (with the added bonus of recording up to six shows at once).
 
ESPN – WatchESPN
WatchESPN was groundbreaking when it launched in 2011, and ESPN continues to sign new distribution deals with big players ranging from Comcast to AT&T as it nears ubiquity across the TV universe. Meanwhile, unique views are up by double and triple digits in multiple categories.
 
Moviecity Play
This Latin American app lets Moviecity Play VOD/TVE customers access 2nd-screen devices, even using their social media identities if they so desire. Sophisticated safeguards can block adult content and account for content windows and restrictions across various regions and countries.
 
Turner Entertainment Networks – TNT and TBS Live Streaming and Apps & Websites
This past summer, TBS and TNT became the first national entertainment networks in the industry to stream on-air content live across multiple platforms 24/7, including through the networks’ websites and a pair of newly created Watch TNT and Watch TBS apps. That’s impressive on its own. Seriously.
 
 

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