NBCUniversal Joins OpenAP Consortium, Licenses Its Audience Graph To Other TV Nets

NBCUniversal has joined the TV consortium OpenAP. Launched just over a year ago, OpenAP is a joint effort by broadcast networks Fox, Turner and Viacom to create a common data standard and provide a more accurate representation of advanced TV audiences across platforms. Through a multiyear agreement, NBCU will license its data platform Audience StudioContinue reading »

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How Broadcasters Hope To Make Money From Live Online Newscasts

A handful of major news companies are trying to figure out how live news broadcasts fit in digital media. The challenges are steep. Streaming live news requires large, ongoing investments, and it’s difficult to monetize audiences, as live news can be a hotbed of brand safety concerns. Plus, Facebook’s recent algorithm shift lowered the ratioContinue reading »

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NBCU Develops A Unified Ad Metric To Level The Playing Field Between TV And Digital Impressions

NBCUniversal is about to do something TV companies have talked about for years: transact TV in a similar way as digital – on impressions. NBCU revealed Thursday that it would begin to measure live, on-demand and time-shifted TV ad buys using a common impression-based metric called CFlight. CFlight will be part of NBCU’s upfront pitch andContinue reading »

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Cable Giants Comcast, Charter And Cox To Pool Data And Inventory Under New Advanced TV Group

Cable conglomerates Comcast, Charter and Cox Communications said Wednesday they will build ad products that extend across their collective footprint. The three are forming a division within NCC Media – a national cable sales group in which they are joint stakeholders – to build data-driven ad products. Comcast’s advanced ads division, Comcast Media 360, isContinue reading »

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Why AMC Networks Is Building A Data-Driven Sales Team

When AMC created a dedicated data sales team, which it revealed last week, it set the stage for AMC to compete more effectively with networks like NBC and Fox. AMC owns the television channels AMC, WE tv, BBC America, IFC and SundanceTV, and its data sales team, called AMCN Agility, will span that national footprint. SpearheadedContinue reading »

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NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke On The Facebook Fallout And Snapchat Success

NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said Facebook faces big repercussions because it breached users’ trust. “The problem is exacerbated by the fact that Facebook’s business model is based on data people don’t [always know] they’re sharing and then selling that data … to a buyer Facebook [doesn’t even] know,” Burke said Tuesday in response to Facebook’sContinue reading »

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What You Need To Know About The Justice Department’s Challenge Of AT&T-Time Warner

The trial that will resolve the US Justice Department’s challenge to AT&T’s $85 billion proposed acquisition of Time Warner will begin on Monday. The case, the first major US media merger to go to trial in decades, will indicate how the government may oversee telco and media consolidation going forward. If successful, the DOJ’s challengeContinue reading »

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Sinclair And Tru Optik Let Local Advertisers Target Connected TV Audiences

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Sinclair Broadcasting, the largest owner of television stations across the nation, is letting local advertisers buy connected TV in a much more targeted way alongside linear and digital. The broadcaster is teaming up with the connected TV DMP and measurement system Tru Optik to power advanced audience targeting across Sinclair’s owned-and-operated inventory, as well asContinue reading »

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NBC Hires An SVP Of Ad Tech And Other Talent To Boost Advanced TV Ad Measurement

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NBCUniversal is deepening its bench of data-driven executives, revealing on Wednesday that it had hired its first SVP of advertising technology, Ed Kozek. Kozek was previously SVP of ad product and engineering for The Weather Co., where he worked on the audience and data platform WeatherFX. Now he will manage NBCU’s proprietary ad products. NBCUContinue reading »

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OTT Audiences Are There – So Why Aren’t Advertisers Buying?

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OTT audiences are prevalent and engaged. But while advertisers are buying, they’re not exactly beating down the doors. Watch any premium long-form show on an internet connection and you’ll see the same irrelevant message played so frequently it’ll haunt your dreams. What gives? The main issue is buyer confusion about how to transact on OTTContinue reading »

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