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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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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Podcast: Who Doesn’t Envy Hulu?

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Welcome to AdExchanger Talks, a podcast focused on data-driven marketing. Subscribe here. As big brands seeking younger audiences move TV budgets online, some have been put off by digital’s triple threat: brand safety, viewability and fraud. Hulu is there for them. Hulu basically offers the benefits of TV in a digital buy, according to Doug Fleming, Hulu’sContinue reading »

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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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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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Buyers Run Into Roadblocks In OTT Trackability

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OTT is a catch-22 for advertisers. While it reaches the cord cutters traditional TV advertisers want to target, that audience is still difficult to track in an OTT environment. Although the channel is capturing more attention (and dollars) from the traditional TV camp, digital buyers say connected TV needs to address the issue of identityContinue reading »

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