Retailers Race To Own A Piece Of CTV’s Future

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video. Today’s column is written by Ryan Christiansen, co-founder and CEO at Ntooitive Digital. The ability to track and effectively target consumer actions has never been more essential to marketers seeking to unleash the power of cross-platform digital advertising. WithContinue reading »

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Disney Drops FreeWheel in Favor of Google Ad Manager

The Walt Disney Company has found its happily ever after with Google, not Comcast-owned FreeWheel. After months of speculation, Google said in a blog post that Disney would implement its ad platform across its brands, including Disney, ABC, ESPN, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars. The relationship will span all of Disney’s video and display inventory.Continue reading »

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FTC Looks To Change; MDC Explores A Sale

Cold Shower For Market Power Big tech, are your ears burning? On Friday, the Federal Trade Commission held the second in an ongoing series of hearings digging into competition and consumer protection issues. The FTC is trying to update its enforcement and policy agenda in the face of fast-paced technological change. “Technology is no longerContinue reading »

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How Disney-ABC Navigated Its Ad Sales Renaissance

Few Hollywood icons have had a career as illustrious as Mickey Mouse, who made his silver screen debut in “Steamboat Willie” back in 1928. Now, his bosses at Disney-ABC have become more tech-savvy, reorganizing the company’s ad sales strategy to make magic in advanced TV advertising. About a year ago, Disney-ABC unified its ad salesContinue reading »

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Disney Misses Q3 Revenue As An Unfazed Iger Dishes On Disneyflix

Disney missed its earnings expectations Tuesday by a smidgen, causing its stock to dip about 1% in after-hours trading. But you can’t keep a good mouse down. Analysts expected $1.95 per share on revenue of $15.4 billion in the fiscal third quarter. Instead, Disney posted $1.87 per share on $15.2 billion in revenue – not toContinue reading »

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With Comcast Out, Disney Gets Fox Assets – And Control Over Hulu

Disney is about to get its own happily ever after with Hulu. Comcast has dropped out of its bidding war for most of Fox’s assets, conceding it to Disney. Disney and Fox shareholders are expected to approve the deal on July 27, USA Today reported. Disney will also gain access to Fox’s Star India networkContinue reading »

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BAMTech Will Help Disney Answer More Than The Direct-To-Consumer Call

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Disney’s bet on BAMTech could signal big advancements for its data and platform strategy. The streaming video provider, once majority-owned by MLB Advanced Media, proved such a valuable investment to Disney that it acquired an additional 42% stake in the company for $1.6 billion in August. It previously owned a 33% stake in BAMTech. “DisneyContinue reading »

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Hulu Ad Revenue Surpasses $1 Billion, Subscriber Base Grows 40% YoY

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Hulu closed 2017 on a high note. Hulu’s advertising revenue crossed $1 billion for the first time in 2017, the company revealed Tuesday. Underpinning its ad momentum was the growth of Hulu’s subscriber base, which increased 40% year over year from 12 million paid subscribers in 2016 to 17 million in 2017. Those figures includeContinue reading »

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Who Are This Year’s Strategic Acquirers In Media And Marketing?

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In recent years, enterprise giants like Salesforce, Oracle, IBM and Adobe monopolized M&A activity as each marketing cloud raced to buy their way into ad tech. That tide has turned. These days, strategic acquisitions are more about expanding access to content, audiences and new means of distribution. Just look to media company team-ups like Disney-21stContinue reading »

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With Fox Deal, Disney Gains Controlling Stake In Hulu

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After weeks of buildup, Disney has finally pulled the trigger and will acquire several major assets from 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion all stock deal, announced Thursday. Those assets include 20th Century Fox’s film and TV studios, cable networks like FX and National Geographic, stake in foreign networks Star India and UK-based payContinue reading »

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