Hulu’s Jeremy Helfand Hopes To Disrupt TV Advertising Without Disrupting Audiences

Content providers are reducing their ad loads to accommodate viewers’ changing preferences, consumption patterns and attention spans. But what about rethinking the commercial break model so it doesn’t disrupt a good “Handmaid’s Tale” binge? Is a high-quality ad experience possible without a traditional ad break? Jeremy Helfand, Hulu’s new VP and head of advertising platforms,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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The Big Story: Brand-ishing New Tricks And Old

The Big Story is a breezy new podcast featuring a roundtable of AdExchanger editors talking about the biggest stories from the past week. It is available wherever you subscribe to podcasts. Is your suitcase packed for your Labor Day getaway? Don’t forget your 50 SPF zinc oxide sunscreen. And did you download enough apps toContinue reading »

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For Digital-First Content Providers, Product Placement Takes Center Stage

In Netflix’s original film “Like Father,” the cruise line Royal Caribbean literally sets the stage for the movie – the brand is actually part of the story. While this sort of product placement isn’t new, it’s coming at a time when content providers are trying to decrease their ad loads and experimenting with new waysContinue reading »

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Hulu Hangs In The Balance; Verizon Shutters Go90

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Outlook Hazy The fate of Hulu depends on the outcome of Comcast’s and Disney’s bidding war for 21st Century Fox. Whoever wins will own a majority stake in Hulu, and both companies have very different visions for the platform’s future. Comcast wants to investContinue reading »

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How Advertisers Should Think About Brand Safety On OTT

Video delivered over the internet to a smart television or connected TV could have a brand safety problem. We’re talking specifically about user-generated digital video streaming to a big screen and the niche OTT channels and streaming services that seem be springing up on a near-weekly basis. That type of video shouldn’t be confused withContinue reading »

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Hulu Launches Dynamic Ad Insertion, Hits 20 Million Subscribers

Hulu told advertisers at its upfront on Wednesday that it’s reached the 20-million-subscriber mark. While 20 million subscribers is a lot smaller than rivals Netflix (125 million subs) and Amazon Prime (100 million subs), Hulu is ad-supported. Ad-supported subscribers are up 40% this year to 40 million viewers, said Hulu’s head of advertising Peter Naylor.Continue 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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Paid Media Becomes Table Stakes For Subscription Video

Pay-TV providers are increasingly investing in paid media to promote new and original programming on their streaming video services. To offset the pricy programming costs, these SVODs must attract a steady stream of new subscribers. Entertainment advertisers have always relied on tune-in tactics to promote new shows. But streaming video services now are also leveragingContinue 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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