The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the finalists for the Interactive Television Emmy Awards.

The announcement of the 2003-2004 finalists for outstanding achievement was made by Brian Seth Hurst, representing the interactive media peer group, at the AFI Enhanced Television Workshop in Hollywood.

The first round of judging was conducted by online ballot. “This was the first time in the Academy’s history that voting was done online,” said Hurst. “We are pleased to say that it was a huge success for our peer group.”

The awards will be presented at the 2004 Primetime Creative Arts Awards on September 12.

The finalists for the 2003-2004 Outstanding Achievement for Interactive Television Emmy Awards are:

Enhanced Television
For television programming that has been enhanced with interactive content.

  • Celebrity Mole, Yucatan
  • PitComman Quals
  • Jetix Cards Live!
  • 2004 TV Land Awards
  • CSI: Miami Interactive
  • The View: His/Her Body test
  • Ride Along Video Application
  • NFL Sunday Ticket Game Tracker

Virtual Channel
A non-linear channel and/or application that is available to the viewer on a 24×7 basis, accessed through their television and allows the viewer to interact and engage with content on their television screen.

  • Showtime Interactive
  • iO Dashboard
  • Mag rack

Interactive Television Service
For an Interactive Television service that allows users to access multiple video, audio, data and Interactive Applications.

  • Sesame Street Play and Learn Channel
  • NFL Sunday ticket enhancements
  • GSN Interactive on Oceanic Time Warner Cable

Last year awards were presented to Nascar in Car and the iO: Interactive Optimum digital cable service from Cablevision.