Nielsen Aims To Fill In The Blanks Around Ad-Free Viewing On Netflix

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Although Netflix’s audience is large (and growing), it’s notoriously hard to measure. Nielsen hopes to remove some of the difficulty gauging audience viewership in ad-free environments like Netflix with its launch Wednesday of a syndicated measurement service called Nielsen Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) Content Ratings. Eight networks and studios, including A&E, Disney-ABC, Lionsgate, NBCUniversalContinue reading »

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How LG Works Advertising Into Smart TVs

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Thanks to its smart TVs, LG Electronics controls a channel that can bring the granularity of digital advertising into the world of connected TV. But LG is a consumer electronics manufacturer, not an advertising company, and in recent years it has learned how to accommodate a new business practice. Its first foray into ad monetizationContinue reading »

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Addressable TV Has A Scale Problem, And Adcuratio Is Testing A Solution

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The two-year-old TV startup Adcuratio is rolling out a platform in Q1 2018 that lets marketers dynamically swap and insert personalized ads into linear TV streams based on CRM or other first-party data. Early beta testers will include the AT&T, WPP and Dish-owned addressable TV service Invidi, Clorox, Kohl’s, Omnicom’s OMD and Publicis Groupe’s Zenith.Continue reading »

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Walmart’s Vudu Taps SpotX To Better Target Video Ads

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Beginning Monday, Walmart’s streaming video service Vudu will monetize inventory programmatically through an exclusive deal with the video ad server SpotX. Vudu’s ad-supported offering – an on-demand video library called Vudu Movies On Us – launched a year ago. Ad sales, however, were mostly handled on a reserved basis through conventional I/Os by the videoContinue reading »

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The Trade Desk Rolls Out Connected TV Targeting And Attribution

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Demand-side platform The Trade Desk wants a bigger slice of TV ad budgets. The company on Thursday rolled out a connected TV targeting and attribution tool designed to extend digital buying capabilities like retargeting and audience matching into the over-the-top environment. According to CEO Jeff Green, connected TV inventory available through The Trade Desk increasedContinue reading »

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Video Platform Zefr Hires Former Fox Networks Ads Boss Toby Byrne As President

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Zefr, a contextual targeting software platform for YouTube, has appointed Toby Byrne as president. Byrne, the former president of ad sales for Fox Networks Group, including its broadcast, sports and cable networks, vacated his post last September. During that time, there was a heavy transition in top sales talent at several linear TV networks asContinue reading »

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Six Agency Holding Groups To Use OpenSlate To Audit Brand Safety On YouTube

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Advertisers want measurement that assesses video brand safety. And the latest beneficiary of that need is OpenSlate, a video analytics company that can determine if ads were placed alongside appropriate video content on YouTube. The YouTube measurement partner said Thursday it’s bringing a new brand safety auditing tool for YouTube to market, partnering with independentContinue reading »

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Roku’s Ads-Driven Platform Business Accounts For 41% Of Revenue – And It’s Angling For More

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Although Roku’s device sales make up 59% of its revenue, the growth of the segment is declining as Google, Amazon, Apple and other competitors push for more market share. However, its platform business, which consists of ads and subscription revenue, has expanded rapidly and now represents 41% of Roku’s total revenue. Advertising accounted for 67%Continue reading »

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Sports SVOD Service FuboTV Finds Room For Ads

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In its short, two-year lifespan, FuboTV, a streaming video service specializing in live sports content, has mostly monetized through paid subscriptions. But after raising a $55 million Series C round in June – and pushing to grow subscribers for its new skinny bundle, Fubo Premier – it’s turned its attention to its tech stack. FuboTVContinue reading »

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A Brief History Of Video Ad Tech M&A – And The Future Of Pure Plays

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There’s been no shortage of ad tech M&A lately, and video’s been one of the biggest drivers of deal activity. “Thirty-six months ago, YouTube MCNs [multichannel networks] were the video solution of choice to reach audiences with compelling content,” said Elgin Thompson, managing director for investment bank Digital Capital Advisors. “Now, solutions intended to monetizeContinue reading »

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