Something new and different happened at the Emmy Awards last night. Al Gore won the first “interactive television services” Emmy for the cable network, Current TV. The the tie to Internet TV is that the content includes a mix of professionally produced and user-submitted content. You can watch the viewer-contributed content and vote on which pieces should air on the network at the Current TV Web site.
The IPTV camel’s nose is well under the tent at this point, but it’s interesting that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences have finally taken a step to recognize it, even if the first winner still uses traditional cable to distribute the content. I’m still looking forward to the day when an Emmy is awarded to a show that exists only on the Internet.