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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FreeWheel Launches Ad Product Suite, Boosts Competition With Roku

FreeWheel released the next generation of its ad exchange on Tuesday. The Comcast-owned ad server built off its legacy ad exchange, enhanced by technology from its acquisition of StickyAds in 2016, for its updated ad product suite, DRIVE. The new exchange is designed to let marketers more easily buy over-the-top (OTT), set-top box video onContinue reading »

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4C Adds Integrations To Make OTT And Linear Inventory More Accessible

See you later, siloed views. Data science and technology company 4C is hoping its integrations with Freewheel, Telaria and SpotX, unveiled Tuesday, will streamline the buying of over-the-top (OTT) and linear inventory. These partnerships make more OTT and linear inventory accessible within 4C’s platform, Scope, a dashboard that lets ad buyers plan, purchase and measureContinue reading »

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FreeWheel And Operative Launch Initiative To Bridge The Buying Gap Between Digital And Addressable TV

FreeWheel and Operative said Monday that they have partnered on an initiative called “Premium at Scale,” which lets advertisers buy digital and addressable TV inventory in one place. NBCU is the first media brand to sign on. Traditionally, ad sales on linear TV and digital have been very separate processes with very different measurements. SinceContinue reading »

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Comcast and Viacom Form Multi-Year Partnership On Advanced Ads

Viacom on Monday formed a multi-year agreement with Comcast’s advanced ads business, FreeWheel, to expand its use of the tech platform. Previously, Viacom used FreeWheel to power digital ad decisioning, but now, it will also use FreeWheel’s operating system to manage yield and grow revenue across live TV, set-top box and video-on-demand inventory. In addition,Continue reading »

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Amazon Expands Its Influence On Video Infrastructure, Releases Publisher Workflow Tools

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Amazon wants to own a greater chunk of the video supply chain. Its cloud division, Amazon Web Services, released a suite of video tools called AWS Elemental Media Services on Monday, designed to help live and on-demand video content providers manage workflow. It is available only as a managed service for now. “We’re trying toContinue reading »

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Dailymotion Programs A New Programmatic (And Publisher) Strategy

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The French video platform Dailymotion is a fraction of Google’s size – YouTube’s 1.5 billion-plus monthly viewers dwarf Dailymotion’s 300 million. But scale isn’t stopping the company from repositioning its platform to woo US advertisers and publishers from the dominant video-sharing site. Breaking into a video market ruled by streaming video services such as NetflixContinue 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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