IABM announced 2017 Game Changer Award winners

IABM announces 2017 Game Changer Award winners at NAB Show

Record number of entries reflect ‘inexorable trend to IP and IT-based solutions’

The winners of IABM’s sought-after Game Changer Awards were announced at IABM’s awards reception and ceremony on 25th April 2017 at the NAB Show Las Vegas. The winners, across ninecategories that align with IABMDC’s Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report, together with an extra category for submissions that are outside this remit – Project, Event or Alternative Product/Service - were selected from a record 100+ original high quality submissions. 

The judging was carried out by a panel of independent, highly experienced industry professionals, each with specialist expertise in one or more of the award categories, chaired by John Ive, IABM Director of Strategic Insight. The judging process, which required 400 judging decisions by the 36 experts, was finalized at NAB Show with booth visits by the judges to see the technologies in action. 

“The judges were impressed with both the number and quality of entries this year,” said John Ive, “They very much reflect the broadcast and media industry’s inexorable trend to IP and IT-based solutions.”

“With so much innovation on show, our robust, auditable judging process once again proved its full worth. The key judging criteria are that winners should be able to demonstrate not only real innovation, but also deliver significant operational and business benefits that open up new opportunities as a result of that innovation. In other words, the winners are real Game Changers,” Ive concluded.  

The winners are listed below by category, with the judges’ comments appended:


Acquisition & Production

Axon Digital Design – AZilPix Studio.One - Ultra high-res virtual camera system

“Exceptional feature set with significant reduction in cost of production as well. In today’s world of remote control, this product produces the ‘Mother of All Features!’ It will be seen in EVERY production for many years to come. Directly from the storyboard to live action…”



Alteros, Inc – GTX Ultra Wideband Wireless Microphone System

“Microphone receivers in 3RU and 6.5GHz! Whew, what a relief, no issues with UHF etc.! All digital! Every imaginable audio standard! THE GAME CHANGER in Audio! Period!”


Content & Communication Infrastructure

Embrionix – emSGP-GATEWAY-DMI - IP to HDMI monitoring plugin module 

“WAY COOL! Until monitor manufacturers put interfaces in all their monitors this is a GREAT solution to a significant monitoring problem!”


Playout & Delivery Systems

Evertz Microsystems - Content Distribution Reinvented: Public Cloud Playout and Non-Linear Delivery Solution

“This is the holy grail all broadcasters have been looking for. In this new dynamic consumer-driven marketplace, all broadcasters want the ability to launch a channel immediately, run it for some period and then take it down.”


Post Production

Vizrt – Viz Story - Video & audio tools add graphics & publish video stories to social media in minutes

“A unique addition to the tools available to producers for the production of content. It offers a story-centric production model that also supports multi-platform creation.  A true game changer… “


Project, event or alternative product/service

Sobey – CCTV (China Central Television)– CCTV integrated global cloud news production system

“Delivers both TV and web without additional input/resources and is proven and in use in key venues worldwide.”



Verizon Digital Media Services – Smartplay - 1 to 1 session management enables personalized viewing experiences  

“An excellent platform. The use of advanced technology to personalize media experiences and maximize monetization across millions of viewers makes this a winner.”



Tedial – Evolution Augmented Storage (AST) - a new concept in Storage Virtualization Systems 

“A new degree of storage virtualization, allows a mixture of storage devices to be deployed dynamically, adding flexibility and helps exploit cloud storage more effectively.”


System Automation & Control

SDVI Corporation – SDVI Rally - Cloud-based platform manages and optimizes media 

“A truly revolutionary offering in the media and entertainment space offering a complete supply chain approach. A true game changer for any broadcaster or media company.”


Test, Quality Control & Monitoring

PacketStorm Communications - PacketStorm6XG: Testing of new video standards

“In the spirit of this category this is the clear winner and true help to the test, QC and monitoring of standards going forward.”