Poker Central Gets New Insight Into Audience After Going Direct-To-Consumer

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Turns out owning your own cable channel might not be the most efficient way to attract an audience. Poker Central folded its channel last December. Now the network is experimenting with new ways of distributing its content, including partnering with ESPN and NBC Sports and OTT services like Amazon-owned Twitch. It also launched its ownContinue reading »

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Facebook Faces Challenges And Opportunities With ‘Watch’

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Facebook Watch, the social giant’s video hub that went live for select users on Wednesday, already has a roster of digital video launch partners – like Time Inc., Hearst, Brit & Co., Tastemade, Quartz and McClatchy. But Facebook also wants to broker content deals with the likes of big TV companies like Univision, Major LeagueContinue reading »

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Videology Takes Out An $80M Credit Facility To Advance Its TV Platform

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Videology revealed Wednesday that it received an $80 million credit facility from lending and payment services provider FastPay and Tennenbaum Capital. Since its founding a decade ago, Videology has raised about $121 million in capital financing, but at this advanced stage in the company’s lifecycle, it didn’t necessarily make sense to raise another round of costlyContinue reading »

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Tremor Video Sells Its Demand-Side Business To Taptica For $50M

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Tremor Video, one of the earliest video ad nets, has sold its demand-side business to the Israeli mobile ad platform Taptica for $50 million, the company revealed Monday. Tremor’s buy-side assets will be housed under an independent business division within Taptica called Tremor Video DSP. All of Tremor’s buy-side employees, led by longtime Tremor execContinue reading »

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Can The Opt-Out Move More Ad Budgets To OTT? Videology And Tru Optik Bet It Will

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Ad buyers decry the absence of addressability in OTT inventory, which they claim lacks the targeting and measurement capabilities to which digital buyers are accustomed. But an integration between Videology’s cross-screen video platform and Tru Optik’s CTV device graph, revealed Wednesday, aims to bring more addressability to OTT advertisers – at scale. Previously, Videology would targetContinue reading »

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Discovery Communications To Buy Scripps For $14.6 Billion

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After bidding against Viacom for Scripps Networks Interactive, Discovery Communications has emerged victorious in acquiring the lifestyle cable network for $14.6 billion in stock and cash, the company revealed Monday. [Read the release.] Viacom backed out of a bidding war late last week with the rival network after making an all-cash offer that reportedly fellContinue reading »

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Fox TV Stations Take Linear Programmatic For A Test Drive

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Fox Television Stations, a network broadcast group which owns 28 local TV stations in 17 markets, revealed Wednesday it’s adding more automation to its linear TV inventory through a partnership with WideOrbit. Fox Television Stations first dipped its toes in programmatic in 2014 when it struck a private marketplace deal with Facebook’s LiveRail for cross-platformContinue reading »

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For The New York Post, Vertical Video Becomes A Pre-Roll Alternative

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The New York Post has a love-hate relationship with pre-roll. While pre-roll typically commands high CPMs when sold directly, too often it’s hard to monetize because it’s either in short supply or locked up in private marketplaces. Sometimes the supply issue is technical. The New York Post recently found it had missed half of itsContinue reading »

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Charter Invests In TV Analytics Upstart 605 To Up The Ante On Audience Data

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Charter, the US cable conglomerate second only to Comcast in subscriber count, has made a strategic investment in 605 Group, the TV analytics startup founded by former Cablevision ad execs. Although financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, Charter has struck a strategic data partnership with 605 to provide access to TV viewing data inContinue reading »

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How German Broadcaster ProSieben Uses Its Venture Arm To Power Expansion

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While broadcaster ProSieben owns about a 30% share of the German TV market, it’s looking to expand its influence in new channels – using its investment arm, SevenVentures, to scout startups. “We look to invest into promising startups on the B2C side of the business, which is different than the investment we make into ourContinue reading »

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