Dish Lauds Interactive TV Partners

Dish Network announced the winners of its 2009 Interactive Television Summit Awards, which the satellite TV distributor awarded in seven categories.

The winners of Dish's eigth-annual awards program included BIAP, which won developer of the year and best new application, Oberon (best game developer and best in marketing), OpenTV (Best New Technology), Brightline (Best interactive ad) and Ensequence and NBC Universal (best special event).

BIAP was recognized for creating Dish Decision 2008, an application providing national and local election information. Ensequence and NBCU won for their 2008 Olympic Games application, which included day-to-day updates on medal counts and athlete bios. Dish said more than 41% of its subscribers used the Olympics application.

"This was a remarkable year for ITV and our annual summit serves as an excellent way to celebrate our successes and discuss new opportunities," said Scott Higgins, director of interactive TV for Dish, in a statement.

Dish offers 30 interactive channels and said it has deployed more than 20 million interactive-enabled set-top boxes in the U.S.