The Communications Research Centre (CRC) will receive a second Emmy Award at a ceremony taking place today at the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards Gala in Las Vegas. CRC is among four organizations being recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their efforts in standardizing the ATSC Digital Television System to replace the analog NTSC television system. The transition will take place in Canada by August 31, 2011. CRC's Advanced Television Evaluation Laboratory conducted all subjective evaluation tests of picture quality and assessed the effects of transmission impairments. These results enabled the selection of the best HDTV format and digital transmission system that is defining a new era of digital television broadcasting to home viewers. The CRC lab is unique within North America and continues to be involved in international standards setting related to picture quality assessments and it has expanded its expertise to include mobile television, 3-D television and other advanced video and television systems. CRC won its first Emmy in 1987 with NASA for their joint role in developing Ku band satellite technology through the Hermes program.