4KTV flies for RIA and Mexico emerges in Eutelsat awards
Joseph O'Halloran
| 29 November 2014
They came, they saw, they conquered but most of all the breadth and capability of satellite-based TV, with Italian state broadcaster RAI lauded for its work in the UltraHD sector, was displayed at the Eutelsat TV Awards 2014 in Rome.

Moving to the Eternal City from its previous base in Venice, the awards showed the extent to which the satellite operator each has extended, especially in Africa and increasingly Latin America.

Indeed among the channels that took home awards was Mexico's Canal Once, Euro news, Eurosport and MTV Live HD, companies that Eutelsat's awards panel said have 'each raised the bar' for continually challenging their relationship with their growing audience base. Newly launched channels such as Turkey's Moviemax Turk HD, while Russia's Kinoklub, Italy's DMAX and Rai Yoyo and Spiegel TV Wissen from Germany scooped awards for high production standards and carving a clear and distinctive brand. Eurochannel landed the People's Choice Award that goes to the channel winning the highest number of votes from its fan base.

Deutsche Welle and Sky Atlantic HD were both distinguished in the Best Programme category for excelling in terms of production, performance and creativity. Deutsche Welle took home the prize for Non Fiction for The Highest Level for interpreting two piano concertos by concert pianist Yang Yang, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Liverpool-born conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Sky Atlantic took home the Award for fiction for Gomorra, one of the most anticipated crime series of 2014 based on the hugely inspirational film and critically-acclaimed novel by Roberto Saviano.

Commenting on the 2014 awards, Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen said: "Television sits at the heart of the digital media industry, boosted by multi-screen viewing and by social networks that are stimulating a global conversation.