Shows such as Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Amazon’s “Transparent” aren’t the only programs Emmy voters will be streaming in the coming weeks. The Television Academy has streamlined the final-round voting for “The 67th Emmy Awards” by forgoing DVD screeners and instead providing its more than 18,300 voting members with a range of streaming video options via the web, iOS, Android, Roku and Chromecast.
By moving to streaming, the Television Academy not only reduces production and distribution costs and its environmental footprint, it also enables its members to vote in more categories.
Historically, individual Television Academy members have been able to vote in a maximum of four Blue Ribbon Panel categories during Primetime Emmy balloting. A member chose the categories, and the Television Academy mailed them multiple DVDs. Now, eligible voting members are able to vote in all 15 program categories.
“We wanted to give our members a simple way to view Emmy nominees’ programming across all of their devices at their convenience, without needing to produce hundreds of thousands of additional DVDs,” said Maury McIntyre, president and COO of the Television Academy, in a statement. “This new platform allowed us to streamline the voting process, while meeting today’s viewer’s expectations of instantaneous, seamless and secure digital experiences.”
Earlier this year, the Television Academy did away with paper ballots, moving the entire voting process online.
“The 67th Emmy Awards” will be telecast live from L.A.’s Nokia Theatre by Fox on Sept. 20. Awards in technical categories, as well as guest actor and actress statuettes, will be handed out at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which will be held at the Nokia Theatre on Sept. 12 and air on FXX on a date to be announced.